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PhoneGap vs Xamarin vs Titanium-Appcelerator

PhoneGap vs Xamarin vs Titanium-Appcelerator
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In this digital era, mobile apps are ubiquitous and touching your lives in every possible way. Whether you want to buy movie tickets sitting in the comfort of your house or need a taxi to go home, mobile apps can do almost everything for you. The cross-browser mobile app development has always been a preferred choice for app developers as it requires less resource and can be created faster as compared to native apps.

Cross Platform mobile application development has really taken off in recent years and following stats are the evidence of their popularity:

—According to IDC, the market for cross platforms will witness an annual compound growth rate of over 38% that means such platforms will see a growth figure of around $4.8 billion by 2016.

—According to the reports of Gartner, over 20 million enterprise apps will be developed by 2018.

In this post, we will compare three main cross-platform tools Phonegap  vs Xamarin vs Titanium in an elaborative way, so that you can choose the right tool as per your need of mobile app development:  

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PhoneGap vs Xamarin vs Titanium- Gartner Ranking

Here is the Gartner Ranking of different tools:

PhoneGap vs Xamarin vs Titanium- Feature Comparison:

This table explains the differences in features of these three platform tools:

PhoneGap vs Xamarin vs Titanium- Pros & Cons

Let’s discuss these three tools features and their pros and cons:


PhoneGap is one of the popular open source mobile app development platforms. It makes use of standard web APIs in order to build cross-platform mobile applications. This framework is based on HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript and creates cross-browser mobile applications.

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  • It wraps up the JS, HTML5 and CSS3 code into the native container of the respective platforms
  • It produces applications that provide native-like experience
  • With this tool, it is possible to create mobile applications for a range of platforms including iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, Symbian, Web OS, Tizen, Ubuntu Touch, Bad, and FireFox OS.


Xamarin is another popular mobile app development framework that allows developers to write their apps in C#. It then compiles for each supported platform. Using APIs that interface directly with each platform’s native APIs, Xamarin claims that apps achieve a native look-and-feel plus native performance.


  • High Performance– Write all apps in C# and share the same app code across all mobile development platformsThey exhibit properties of native apps depending on the operating system.
  • Native User Interfaces- Apps are developed with Native UI controlsIt has Device API, MVC, Data, and UI all clubbed into one.
  • Automatic Testing– Xamarin Test Cloud enables automatic testing on apps immediately
  • Stays Up-to-Date– Xamarin Apps stay updated with latest iOS and Android features
  • Wearable Technology– Xamarin Android supports Google Glass

Titanium Appcelerator

Titanium Framework makes the app development process less cumbersome with the help of JavaScript codebase. It also offers a plethora of native features.


  • Titanium contains the IDE, SDK, and MVC (Model-view-controller) to create applications that are no less than native apps.
  • The applications are created using the JavaScript code base and later wrapped inside the native container.
  • Applications for mobile platforms like iOS, Android, Tizen, Blackberry, and Windows can be created using Titanium Appcelerator Framework.

  • Conclusion

As it is evident that all these app development frameworks implement CSS3, HTML5, and JavaScript, the choice boils down to the ease of development and usability. Among these popular app development frameworks, only PhoneGap framework is open source and it is a strong reason why it is the most popular among developers and users as well. You can make the choice depending on the individual requirement.

If you have any query related to mobile app development, feel free to contact PixelCrayons: the leading Android app development, iOS app development and Windows app development company in India.

Varun Bhagat is a technology geek and works with PixelCrayons as a Sr. Technology Consultant. He possesses in-depth knowledge of different web development technology and helps our clients to choose the best technology as per their needs.

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  • Jon

    In the conclusion, you state that “only PhoneGap framework is open source” yet in the table you also show Titanium as open source. The table is correct. Titanium also has a freemium option despite what is stated in the table – see here:

  • Ellen_Smith21

    and I like Xamarin… 🙂

  • Ellen_Smith21

    Good comparison… Indeed a tough competiton as all are equally good… but it all depends on the requirement of businesses…

  • Patrick James

    Thanks for sharing… nice comparison… But I like PhoneGap most…