What platforms are you guys using to build mobile apps?

  • Since Intel XDK will be shutdown at the end of June, I was curious to see what other options are there and what programs people use instead of it.

    So, what platforms do you guys use to build mobile apps?

  • I used Phonegap but I kinda didn´t like it because of some error.

    I then switched to Intel XDK that solved that error, but as you mentioned it will be shut down.

    In the end I took a day to work into Cordova CLI and I´m done with build services (unless the C3 ones are good, since it would be a first-party build service)

    The main problem I see with build services is the fact that they end up using Cordova anyway, but add another instance (their whole service and programs) that can cause errors, not to mention you either have to work around them or are at their mercy to fix them. In my case Intel said they cannot fix it because it would cause a security issue on their end and they just didn´t want to.

    I also heard good things about Cocoon, but right now I don´t see a reason to switch.

  • I used Phonegap but I kinda didn´t like it because of some error.

    I then switched to Intel XDK that solved that error, but as you mentioned it will be shut down.

    In the end I took a day to work into Cordova CLI and I´m done with build services (unless the C3 ones are good, since it would be a first-party build service)

    The main problem I see with build services is the fact that they end up using Cordova anyway, but add another instance (their whole service and programs) that can cause errors, not to mention you either have to work around them or are at their mercy to fix them. In my case Intel said they cannot fix it because it would cause a security issue on their end and they just didn´t want to. <img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes">

    I also heard good things about Cocoon, but right now I don´t see a reason to switch.

    That's interesting. Do you know a tutorial about how to use Cordova CLI?

    I've tried using the first one on google (https://youtu.be/Abn7EAK8sBY) but it seemed awfully complex, especially compared to phonegap or XDK...

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  • IMO currently Cocoon.io is the best you can get for C2 because:

    • Canvas+ has better performance for dynamic games than Webview
    • Cocoon has a set of official C2 plugins (IAP, ADs, etc) that are working and are maintained by the team itself
    • You still can use Cordova plugins and make your own if needed
    • Output APK is small in size

    There are some cons as well like:

    • You can have up to two projects for free there (still you can remove them and reuse the slot)
    • They add their own splashscreen at start of the app. Still it's really a decent looking one.
    • With Canvas+ some C2 features that are DOM or Browser related do not work, but there is always some workaround
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