PhoneGap’s Ability to Dynamically Update a Mobile App

I’d like to take some time to talk about how PhoneGap can be used to push app updates to users without having to resubmit your app to each store that it is published in.

All mobile app developers know about the trying task of publishing updates/revisions of your app to the various app stores. Nevertheless, it is important to periodically update your app to ensure that it continues to run smoothly by fixing bugs, or introducing new features.

A typical app update requires developers to upload the compiled binary to the store and then submit an explanation of the update for app store review which can take anywhere from hours to days for an approval. Once approved, users then get an update notification, which informs them that an update available. All in all, it takes a lot of time and effort for both the developer and the apps users. Additionally, users often ignore and app updates, and miss out on new features or critical fixes.

Updating Your App without resubmission

Now imagine this: being able to update your app without resubmission to the app store OR without additional user interactions. IdeaPress, an online tool that transforms WordPress websites into mobile apps, pioneered this dynamic update technology. This technology is made possibly using the PhoneGap Framework