PhoneGap has been in the news recently for its beta release of Build and for its application to join the Apache Software Foundation.
Its other important news, that Nitobi, the company that created PhoneGap was being acquired by Adobe, was however kept under wraps so that it could be announced at the Adobe MAX 2011 conference.
It also provides it with two very different approaches. Until now its cross-platform mobile development has been based on the Flash runtime and its packager for iOS which converts Flash apps to native code. Its a good idea but it doesn't work that well at the moment and the effort of making it work without some help could be too much.
PhoneGap will remain open source and Adobe says the Vancouver based Nitobi's employees are expected to join Adobe. The deal is expected to close by the end of October 2011.
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