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GWT + PhoneGap = native mobile apps quickly

Posted by David Chandler on September 24, 2010

Josh Marinacci from Palm, Inc. gave a cool talk on PhoneGap at GTUG Atlanta tonight. PhoneGap lets you create App-store ready native apps (using a Web view) for all the major phone platforms using only HTML, JS, and the PhoneGap JS API. And it’s not just for HTML 5 features like Geolocation because the PhoneGap compiler creates native code for each platform to access platform-specific features like the accelerometer.

I was just about to ask if it would work with GWT when Josh pulled up a demo of the GWT StockWatcher tutorial running on an iPhone emulator. Basically, you run the GWT compiler first, then feed the resulting JS through the PhoneGap packager to create the native Web view app. There’s even an open source project (gwt-phonegap) that wraps the PhoneGap JS API as GWT Widgets.

The combination of GWT + PhoneGap makes it easier than ever to write cross-platform mobile apps in Java.


11 Responses to “GWT + PhoneGap = native mobile apps quickly”

  1. Bartee said

    Very, very cool! ( I think 🙂

    I still read all this stuff…

  2. AA said

    Cool! Please write more about this!

  3. Aaron said

    sounds promising… I looked at the open source project and there is NO activity at all, no wiki documentation or anything

  4. Hey,
    I had a look on phone gap on iphone & co but I don’t like the performance. I prefer Titanium Mobile which uses native UI-Elements, what do you think of that?

  5. zbw said

    Not know why I pulled that example does not come, do not know what to build a GWT-phoneGap the project and hoped to Which intentioned people can provide an additional URL to me it? Or send an example to the mailbox. (463693061@QQ.com)

  6. AlexH said

    I just wrote a brief entry on my early findings using GWT with PhoneGap. There is great untapped potential here if the GUI performance is acceptable.


  7. DennisJZH said

    Just wanted to let you guys know that there is another GWT PhoneGap wrapper named GwtMobile-PhoneGap that is open source and currently supports PhoneGap 0.9.3. The project includes a kitchen sink demo that showcases all the PhoneGap functions. The kitchen sink runs on both Android and iPhone.


  8. I think Titanium is suited in projects that require real native look and feel.

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  10. Marc Mayer said

    I would use GWT + jp-mobile (http://code.google.com/p/jp-mobile/) + PhoneGap – I believe that’s currently so far the best solution!

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