Last post Apr 17, 2013 10:00 PM by Steven Cheng - MSFT
Apr 01, 2013 11:09 AM|wavemaster|LINK
A while back I watched a tutorial where someone showed the steps to create a web app. At the conclusion of the tutorial they showed what you could do to make it look like the user is installing a native app.
But in reality all that was done was put a link on the user's device.
Anyone remember if they have seen it and where it can be found?
Apr 01, 2013 01:10 PM|roopeshreddy|LINK
May be creating a shorcut icon on the device!
For example, you can do for like this for
Hope it helps u...
Apr 01, 2013 01:41 PM|BrockAllen|LINK
From the browser on iOS you just open the options and create a bookmark as an icon on the "desktop".
Apr 01, 2013 02:18 PM|wavemaster|LINK
I am familiar with bookmarks, but that was not what I was after.
Apr 01, 2013 03:04 PM|BrockAllen|LINK
So the only other thing I can think of is a toolkit like PhoneGap.
It allows a HTML/JS app to be installed as a native app.
Apr 17, 2013 10:00 PM|Steven Cheng - MSFT|LINK
If you're going to develop a web application (hosted on remote webserver), then mobile phone devices can only consume it via webbrowser which cannot fully simulate a native app. Some phones like iphone, windows phone supports pinning a web page/url onto
the home screen(start screen) just like a native app's icon, but when clicking the icon, it still launchs the page in web browser.
Another approach is to develop a native phone app (either iOS or Android or Windows Phone app) and use a webbrowser control to host some local web pages (or from remote web app) into the native app. Thus, the native app can be published into the certain
phone app store. The "PhoneGap" framework BrockAllen mentioned is a popular one for building such kind of mobile phone app. The advantage of this approach is that you can build phone app just like writing html/js based page (e.g. using HTML5 features). But
such approach is still limited because you cannot quite access the native API/features of the certain phone platform.