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30 September 2011, 14:43

PhoneGap applies to the Apache Software Foundation

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PhoneGap Logo In a Google Groups post, Nitobi software developer Brian Leroux announced that the developers behind PhoneGap have applied to contribute their open source mobile development framework to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). The project has now been proposed to the Foundation for consideration and incubation as a new Apache project; however, at the time of writing, the proposal has yet to be posted.

The development team is also considering a name change for the project. The reason for the change, Leroux says, is that they have had "some litigious posturing over the PhoneGap Trademark". The name "DeviceReady" has been suggested by the team but, as one commenter points out, that name is already being used by an Android testing service; however, that service is still in private beta and may be willing to change its name.

With PhoneGap, developers can build applications using web standards and technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and deploy them to various mobile platforms, including iOS, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone, Symbian and WebOS – documentation and a list of supported features for each OS and its versions is provided on the project's site.

Hosted on GitHub, PhoneGap is sponsored by Nitobi and is made available under either the terms of the modified BSD licence or the MIT licence. The current stable release of PhoneGap is version 1.0 from August.

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