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Porting a webOS app to Android (IV)

Posted Aug 12 2012 4:33am

Putting the final touches to the app – it needs an app icon and a splashscreen. These are defined in the Project Properties. The icon and splashscreen images must also be defined in the manifest otherwise they won’t be uploaded in the web app (see the NSBApp documentation)

If you are deploying it as an iOS web app you can check the “Add to Home screen” prompt which will automagically appear when the user runs the app on an iPhone. Saving the web app in the Home screen allows one to run it offline like a native app.

Finally, we’d like to create a native Android app. NSBApp fortunately makes it easy to do so. Assuming you already have Phonegap Build account (if not you can register one for free), you put in your login credentials in the Deploy options and Deploy the app to Phonegap build right from NSBApp Studio. Phonegap build takes the pain from creating apps in multiple platforms. NSBApp Studio web apps are easy to port to iOS, Android, Blackberry and webOS using Phonegap Build.

Once it’s deployed I surf over to Phonegap build, sign in and voila, the app is already converted and ready for download! In this case we want to download the Android apk which I have done.

If you would like to give it a spin on your Android phone, you can download the apk here

So that’s it. It actually would have taken me less than an hour to develop this simple calculator but I took longer as it involved blogging about the process. If you have any comments or questions I’d be happy to try to answer them – please post as comments here.

from the Palmdoc Chronicles

Porting a webOS app to Android (IV)

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