“Code once, run everywhere,” that is what most developers want. From a business perspective, if you are looking for development of an application for your business, you will obviously prefer a cross-platform code, which runs across platforms, and saves on the additional development costs, while giving your business more presence. Especially, when it comes to mobile apps development, there are two fundamental programming platforms to develop cross-platform applications – PhoneGap and Appcelerator Titanium.

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



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 throughout APIs to enhance your application.


Appcelerator 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 iPhoneSDK to build a native application. For example, if you create an animation in Titanium, that is not a CSS3 animation, it is core animation that runs on GPU and code generated/compiled is part of Core Animation APIs. For Android, it generates JVM bytecode from your JS and produces native Java Code.


Difference between PhoneGap and Appcelerator Titanium

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 builds native code.


As evident from the above image, both are very much different from each other. Both frameworks reserve an important place in the mobile landscape. A developer should cleverly choose one, based upon the requirements and the type of solution required. None of them is a bad choice, and depending on a scenario, one might be better off suited as compared to other.

Do you want to have a look at our iPhone apps created using Titanium & PhoneGap? Just check out our Portfolio.