[Owncloud] using PhoneGap for ownCloud mobile

Alessandro Cosentino cosenal at gmail.com
Sun Dec 16 00:26:31 UTC 2012

Someone who knows better should speak up here, but from what I
understand it's more than pure html/javascript:
again, I have never used it, but it looks like with PhoneGap you also
have API to access sensors, filesystem, etc ... of the device.

Yes, besides the fact that we would keep everything open source, the
biggest advantage is that we wouldn't need to learn anything new to
help our fellows who are developing the mobile apps. In fact, this
project could merge with the mobile-navigation branch that jan is
going to start.

And perhaps it's just far foreseeing, but apps for platforms such as
Firefox OS and BB10 will be mostly based on html/js as well.


On Sat, Dec 15, 2012 at 6:53 PM, eMerzh <merzhin at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi, thanks for the nice subject ;)
> one thing i find nice if we use phonegap is that more dev can help out
> with the dev of mobile apps...
> i don't know anything in objective-C and my knowledge in java/android
> is really low...
> but i certainly can understand that it's not easy to build a webdav
> sync client with html / javascript ...and that the integration can be
> better with native UI
> On Sat, Dec 15, 2012 at 10:44 PM, Frank Karlitschek <frank at owncloud.org> wrote:
>> Currently we do native code because of better integration into the platform.
>> But if someone is motivated to try to build apps based on PhoneGap than feel free to try it.
>> Frank
>> On 15.12.2012, at 22:28, Alessandro Cosentino <cosenal at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Is there any particular reason for which we don't use PhoneGap for the
>>> ownCloud mobile apps?
>>> I know almost nothing about mobile apps, but I just stumbled upon this
>>> and it looks very cool: http://phonegap.com/
>>> This way we could maybe release even the iPhone source code on github.
>>> There must be a catch, but I can't find it :)
>>> Alessandro (zimba12)
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