Appcelerator Titanium vs PhoneGap: Cross Platform Mobile Development

Code once, run everywhere,” that’s what most developers want. From a business’s perspective, if you are looking for development of any software/application for your business, you also prefer to get cross-platform code which can run everywhere, and can help you save on development costs, while giving your business more presence. When it comes to development of mobile apps, there are two famous solutions for cross-platform development about which you will read everywhere; they are PhoneGap and Appcelerator Titanium.

So what a mobile developer should choose if he is looking for cross platform mobile apps development? Which is better, easier to use, supports more feature, etc? Let us try to find out by analyzing both of them.

PhoneGap vs Appcelerator Titanium

PhoneGap: PhoneGap is HTML/CSS/JS. Anything you can do with them on a normal web page, you can do in a mobile browser’s web view. PhoneGap works as wrapper of sorts, by leveraging web views native to the mobile devices. PhoneGap allows you to build an app, as complex and modern as you want, while providing the ability to have it gracefully degrade for lower end devices, all in the same code base. PhoneGap allows you to use some of the phones features throught APIs to enhance your application

Titanium: Appcelerator Titanium, on the other hand takes your Javascript code, analyzes and preprocesses it and then pre-compiles it into a set of symbols that are resolved based on your applications uses of Titanium APIs. Titanium actually compiles your application and uses the iPhone SDK to build a native application.  For example, if you create an animation in Titanium, that’s not a CSS3 animation, it’s a Core Animation that runs on the GPU and the code generated/compiled is part of Core Animation APIs. Similar is for Android.  For android, it generates JVM bytecode from your JS and produce native Java Code.

The fundamental difference between PhoneGap and Appcelerator Titanium is that, while PhoneGap is a web based solution, Appcelerator Titanium is a pure Javascript API that creates native code. Major differences between them are tabled below:

PhoneGap Titanium Comparison


So, as it turns out, both are very much different from each other. Both of these frameworks are important and have their place in the mobile landscape. A developer should choose one based upon the requirements and the type of solution required. Neither is the wrong choice, but depending on a scenario, one might be better suited than the other.

At TechAhead, we have experience of creating native, as well as cross platform mobile apps for our clients. If you have any requirement for cross platform mobile application development, contact us on for FREE 30 minutes no obligation consultation with our mobile apps experts($200 Value).

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Manoj Verma

By Manoj VermaManoj Verma, is CTO at TechAhead Software, with over 12 years of technical experience with leading global organizations such as HP and CISCO in Project Management and System Design & Development. Manoj has worked in Logistics & Warehousing, Freight Management, Education, Online Trading, Portfolio Management, Project Management, E-commerce with POS, Social Networking, IVRS and Telephony, App Integration domains on process assessment and automation.