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Adobe PhoneGap 2.0 Released

Today we’re celebrating the launch of PhoneGap 2.0 at PhoneGap Day in Portland! Thank you to the whole PhoneGap/Apache Cordova community for working toward this major milestone. Your time and expertise is greatly appreciated and we’ll be toasting your efforts today!

Here’s our official announcement:

Adobe PhoneGap 2.0 Released at 2nd Annual PhoneGap Day

Adobe® PhoneGap, the popular open source mobile app development framework, was released today at the 2nd annual PhoneGap Day in Portland, Oregon. PhoneGap allows developers to build cross-platform mobile applications using HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript. With PhoneGap, you can re-use your existing web developer skills and use the PhoneGap API to gain access to native features that aren’t accessible in mobile browsers.

We’re excited to announce the following major new features in PhoneGap 2.0:

  • Cordova WebView - This allows for the integration of PhoneGap, as a view fragment, into a bigger native application.
  • Command Line Tooling (CLI) (Android, iOS and BlackBerry) - CLI tooling brings a standard nomenclature to common tasks across platforms such as project creation, debugging, and emulation. Normally, these are different incantations for each platform vendor making cross platform development workflow inconsistent and jarring; we’ve fixed that.
  • Enhanced documentation – Getting-started guides, plugins, migration guides and more to help accelerate the development of mobile applications and make it even easier.
  • Web Inspector Remote (Weinre) ported to nodejs – The availability of a node module means easy installation using Node Package Manager (NPM).
  • Cordovajs (Support for unified Javascript across platforms) - We’ve seen dramatic advancements to performance, security, and API symmetry across platforms thanks to the herculean effort of unifying our JS layer.
  • Transition to Apache Cordova and nearing graduation from incubation
  • Windows Phone support.

  • Improvement to iOS app creation - We’ve implemented significant changes for the iOS platform. Get a deeper dive into all the changes from Shaz, our PhoneGap iOS lead developer.

“PhoneGap 2.0 is all about a vastly improved developer experience,” said Brian LeRoux, Lead Developer for PhoneGap. “Our docs are now much more comprehensive, including the long requested commitment to our Plugin API. Developers are going to have a supported way to use the PhoneGap bridge to build their own browser APIs for native calls.”

Since PhoneGap 1.0, there have been a lot of exciting developments for PhoneGap. In October 2011, Adobe acquired Nitobi, the creators of PhoneGap, enabling the team to focus solely on the PhoneGap project. The PhoneGap project was also contributed to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) under the name Apache Cordova.

“The PhoneGap community is bigger and stronger than ever with new contributors since last year like Google, Microsoft, RIM and HP,” said Andre Charland, director of Engineering for PhoneGap at Adobe. “With a bigger community and additional resources from Adobe we’re shipping new versions of PhoneGap much faster than a year ago.”

Get more information about 2.0 by viewing the changelog.