Going Native

Our web app can now do many things that a native app can do: launch from the home screen, store data locally on the phone, and operate in offline mode. We've formatted it nicely for the device and set up native-looking animations to provide feedback and context to the user.

However, there are still two things that it cannot do: it can't access the device features and hardware (e.g., geolocation, accelerometer, sound, and vibration) and it can't be submitted to the Android Market. In this chapter, you will learn how to extend the reach of your web app beyond the normal confines of the browser using an open source project called PhoneGap.

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