no i havne't tried webview, it sounds like it sucks.. i have a pre android 5 phone so i know it will suck for my test device.. i'm ok with crosswalk and cocoon.io regardless of bloat.. i don't really care if a game is 30mb.. few people are going to not play my game because it's 22+ mb
Some clarification for those reading this thread regarding "webviews" and build systems:
* All Cordova apps (PhoneGap, XDK, Cordova and other HTML5 hybrid apps packaged for distribution in a mobile store) run in a "webview" (aka, the HTML5 runtime engine).
* The "webview" is built into the device OS/firmware, so performance varies as a function of the specific device hardware (CPU, RAM speed, Flash speed, etc.) and the version of the OS running on that device.
* iOS 9+ devices allow you to select between the "standard" webview and the "wk" webview. The "wk" webview has better performance than the "standard" webview.
* Android 5, 6, 7+ devices have a "replaceable" webview, which is equivalent in features and performance to the mobile Chrome browser runtime engine. That webview is automatically updated, from time-to-time, via the mobile app store.
* Android 4.x devices have fixed webviews, with substantially lower performance and features compared to the mobile Chrome browser runtime engine.
* Crosswalk is a replacement webview that can be installed on Android 4.x devices (as well as Android 5+ devices). It is based on the Chromium project, so generally has similar features and performance to the Android 5+ replaceable webview, but is usually several releases behind.
* Only Android allows for replacement of the webview. Windows and iOS devices do not allow the webview to be replaced, they are fixed in the device (in the case of iOS you can select between the two stated above).
* The Crosswalk webview is actually enabled via a Cordova plugin (as is the iOS "wk" webview). Checking the "Optimize with Crosswalk" option in the XDK simply enables including that plugin during the build phase.
Cordova CLI and PhoneGap Build and the Intel XDK are all standard Cordova build systems. Those systems, and any other build systems that depend on Cordova CLI (under the hood), will always build to the "standard webview" that is built into the device, unless the Crosswalk plugin is added to the mix for Android orthe "wk" webview plugin is added for your iOS projects. Windows devices have no such options, you get what you get.
Thus, the performance you get from your game will be the same whether you build with PhoneGap, Cordova or the XDK, assuming you build with the same set of plugins and the same HTML5 code. The reason you see performance that is usually worse with PhoneGap Build or Cordova CLI is because you have to take some extra steps to add the Crosswalk plugin to your project (which the XDK does automatically for you if you check that "optimize with Crosswalk" box). But if you include the Crosswalk plugin with PhoneGap or Cordova CLI you'll get similar performance to the XDK.
Cocoon and Canvas+ are doing some other tricks that provide specific optimizations for specific types of operations, so performance comparisons with those systems against standard Cordova builds will vary depending on how your app works. I do not have insight into precisely what they are doing, so I cannot comment on where to expect those performance advantages, but you should understand that YMMV when using those tools.