Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Types of Mobile Applications

It is important to understand the different types of mobile applications. I will put them in

two categories, according to what they do.

1. Standalone mobile applications

2. Mobile applications (based on web services)

Standalone mobile applications are applications such as alarms, phone dialers, and

offline games. Web service-backed mobile applications are applications like e-mails,

calendars, Twitter clients, online games, and applications that interact with web


This distinction between mobile applications is unique to the context of this book.

Although PhoneGap can be used to implement standalone mobile applications, the

nature of PhoneGap-based mobile applications typically falls into the category of

“service-backed mobile applications.”

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