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Adobe announces end of development for PhoneGap and PhoneGap Build

almost 2 years ago by IanDorfman

Adobe has announced the end of development for PhoneGap and PhoneGap Build and the end of their investment in Apache Cordova.

In a blog post announcing the decision to discontinue support for PhoneGap, Adobe cites the increasingly robust solution of Progressive Web Apps for cross-platform web and app development, citing PWA's support for containerless offline compatibility, push notifications, full screen viewing, and home screen icons. This combines with PhoneGap's decreasing usage to form a one-two punch that Adobe feels PhoneGap cannot continue in its current form from.

In addition to Apache Cordova, the announcement mentioned several development alternatives to PhoneGap that will continue to be actively developed. These include the following: Framework 7 NativeScript Capacitor by Ionic

PhoneGap will officially be discontinued on October 1st, 2020. All existing PhoneGap-developed content will be readable in Apache Cordova, and while Adobe's financial and development resources will not continue, Cordova will remain free and open source as community development continues. Any data saved in the PhoneGap Build must be downloaded by September 30th, 2020.

Further coverage: PhoneGap blog post

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