clip_image002Yesterday, the Windows Phone Developer blog, together with Nitobi, announced the availability of a PhoneGap beta version supporting Windows Phone Mango. This new option to build applications targeting Windows Phone gives more choices to developers. In particular, Web developers will be able to easily leverage their HTML5 skills to target Windows Phone.

clip_image001Nitobi's PhoneGap is an open source solution designed to give web developers JavaScript access to popular mobile device features, like the camera, GPS, the accelerometer, local SQLite databases and more, without having to write full applications. On Windows Phone Mango PhoneGap leverages the new HTML5 support provided by IE9.

The current beta version includes most of the basic features, and includes JavaScript APIs to use Windows Phone Mango features likeclip_image003:

  • Access Device Information (UDDI and stuff)
  • Add and search Contacts
  • Connection status (network / wifi connection status)
  • Alerts/Notification (alert and confirm)
  • Media Capture (Image and Audio)
  • Camera
  • Accelerometer
  • Geolocation

The beta version of the PhoneGap libraries can be downloaded from:

https://github.com/phonegap/phonegap-wp7

Windows Phone SDK 7.1 RC direct download links:

Windows Phone SDK 7.1 RC documentation

Stay tuned, we will provide updates and more extensive demos as progress is made. With Windows Phone Mango Released to Manufacturing and developer tools hitting “Release Candidate”, it’s the perfect time to start testing, give feedback and join the PhoneGap open source project.