Dreamweaver CS5.5 PhoneGap apps: performance issues on Android

This is a follow-on from my earlier post about building a simple PhoneGap app using Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5. I built it on Windows targeting Android. I liked the development experience up to the point of trying the app: it looks great, but performance is terrible. That is, you tap a button and there is a perceptible pause before the app responds. It is worse in the emulator than on my HTC Desire, but still poor.

I had thought it was a configuration setting – though Dreamweaver makes it rather hard to access the build settings – but I am now wondering if jQuery mobile plus PhoneGap is just too demanding for most Android devices out there right now. Admittedly my Desire is a year or so old now. See this thread for example:

JQuery Mobile on Android is definitely slow. (Tested A2 and A3Pre on Samsung Galaxy S, HTC Desire, ZTE Blade (edit: 2.2 Froyo) – with PhoneGap, stock browser, Opera Mobile)

Something has to be done. The experience is low quality.

It is worth noting that PhoneGap is not yet a version 1.0 release – I was told it may be done by July. Further, you do not have to use jQuery Mobile with it in Dreamweaver; it just happens to provide a great set of user interface widgets. It may be better on Apple iOS; I have not tried that yet.

Nevertheless, this looks like a significant issue if you planning to dive in and deliver Android apps using the tools in the new Dreamweaver.

Related posts:

  1. Hands on: Building a PhoneGap app with Dreamweaver CS 5.5
  2. Building a PhoneGap app for iPhone with Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5
  3. Native apps better than web apps? That’s silly talk says PhoneGap president
  4. Adobe announces Flash Builder for PHP, PhoneGap integration in Dreamweaver
  5. Adobe Dreamweaver CS6, PhoneGap Build, and HTML5 app tooling

1 comment to Dreamweaver CS5.5 PhoneGap apps: performance issues on Android

  • Cassio

    Agree with you.

    Also noticed how slow and unresponsive webapps developed with Dreamweaver / PhoneGap are.

    Hope Adobe improve that.