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Turn a website into a native app
Titanium, PhoneGap... best solution?

Msg#: 4658942 posted 7:31 pm on Mar 31, 2014 (gmt 0)


I manage a role play website which really need a mobile app.
It's simple pages with forms, drawings, buttons, text, and a little JS.

I'm looking for the best solution to turn this HTML/JS/PHP website into an iPhone + an Android app.

My criterias :
- Simplicty and portability (I'd prefere to code in JS and then have something 'converting it' to OC/Java)
- InApp purchase
- Ability to store the images directly on the devices

I've found a few solutions like Appcelerator Titanium or Adobe PhoneGap but I'm a bit lost. Is there a 'leader' that everyone uses ? Does it fill my requirements ? I'm thinking of going with Titanium but I don't want to get stuck.

Hope my english isn't too bad ;)

Thanks a lot for your help !



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Msg#: 4658942 posted 8:19 pm on Apr 4, 2014 (gmt 0)

Why convert it to an app?

You can use one of those app generators that auto-loads a web page and then, while looking like an app, is actually the website.

Not a bad option to get started until you find a good solution to build a native app, if ever.


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Msg#: 4658942 posted 4:13 pm on Apr 6, 2014 (gmt 0)

Sorry Felix,

I'm in the same spot with similar requirements... I've looked at Titanium and Phone Gap but just haven't gotten rolling.

There are also native development kits. On April 3 Google just released a new version (0.5.4) of the Android Studio. I tried a very early version and it was too buggy, but it was a fairly decent dev experience.

One of the stumblers for me is that the apps that I have been thinking of will require a lot of image storage (many megabytes) and must work without being connected to a network (which is why incrediBILL's solution is a non-starter and why I say our requirements are similar).

I wish I could be more help!

PS. I hope my English isn't too bad!


Msg#: 4658942 posted 10:46 am on Apr 7, 2014 (gmt 0)

@incrediBILL : I looking for a compromise between a native app and an automatically generated app.
First, my website partly relies on Allopass (you call a number, you get a code, you type it on the website) which is not really user-friendly.
Plus, I don't want the user to wait 10seconds for each page to load, I'd prefere to have a preloaded page on the mobile and then update the needed values with AJAX.

@ergophobe : Thanks for your message. I didn't know Android Studio. Maybe I'll just have to develop 2 native apps..

I'd really like to have feedbacks on Titanium and PhoneGap :)


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Msg#: 4658942 posted 2:44 am on May 24, 2014 (gmt 0)

Take a look at Mosync, it's supposedly in bankruptcy but works and I liked it a lot. It's free, mac and windows. Phonegap? having to use git and forced to upload then download and test? no thanks. And the others are just a ton of downloads.

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