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PhoneGap Application Development: 5 Things That’ll Make It Perform Better

PhoneGap as such is a great program when you need to build an Android or iOS app. Still, there is a risk that your app will perform badly if you don’t optimize it. Users love it when apps are fast, so you need to take care that your app runs smoothly after download by using some easy optimization tricks.

Here are the 5 things which can make wonders to your PhoneGap app performance:

  1. CSS

Users like animations and this means of visualization can add more value to a simplistic app. JavaScript has been the best in creating small animations for years, but it can be an issue with mobiles. While it’s perfectly OK to make JS animations for desktop sites, mobiles require more attention as they sometimes react not very well to these taking long to load and working bad when fully loaded. The matter is JS usually requires more coding to work on mobiles well. Instead, it’s worth to consider using the CSS language which now allows its users to create animations which load faster and work better on mobile devices.

  1. Touch

PhoneGap lets you use both clicks and touches for your app’s operation. Many think clicks are more comprehensive, but they may also cause performance issues for your mobile app. Clicks are just longer to register. While 400 msec is not very long time for you, this is the time which makes the difference in your app’s speed to respond to clicks compared to touches and this seemingly short time can really get into your app’s UX and divert users. Thus, clicks will be a must for devices with physical buttons and touches are recommended for the rest for faster performance.

  1. Sticking to One UI Option

Sencha, JQTouch and JQuery are just a few among the interfaces and libraries PhoneGap lets you work with. Many developers combine different interfaces for more impressive results, but it’s not the way to go if you want to achieve a good performance of your mobile app. Smartphone apps must be small and combining libraries will only cause more coding. That’s why, to avoid lagging and crashing, you need to stick to a single interface.

  1. Minimalism in Features

With PhoneGap it’s easy to turn on and off some device-based features during the app development. Usually these features are turned on by default and you often don’t need them all for your app. Thus, if your app doesn’t use the accelerometer or geolocation, for instance, it’s better to to your features menu to disable those features or else it’s going to take your app some several seconds longer to load.

  1. Optimising JavaScript

As you know, the app loads coding, graphics and everything else as it’s started. Mobile devices can usually load many things at a time, but it has problems with loading a JavaScript file. The matter is, when there’s JavaScript, the mobile device concentrate only on it to properly load it and everything else is stopped. To minimize this lag, it’s a good idea to place the JavaScript coding in one file to give your app a chance to find all of it easier. Furthermore, to yield even better loading time, you can compress that JavaScript file so that it takes less memory.

Try these doing these 5 things – and you’ll get a faster app and grateful users all at once!

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      October 27, 2014 @ 3:18 pm Rebecca

      Hey nice tips! I think you should also consider adding “testing apps on real devices there”, because emulators always have a number of problems.

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