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Would like to know the best approach.  I would like to create a non-native Android application to be hosted on a web server.  I would like some type of control on the Android device that would have complete control over the peripherals (ie. barcode reader, keyboard) but retrieve data from web services on the device.  This would ultimately be deployed on an Android device, but more than 10,000 devices so application must be on the web server.  This could also be deployed on an iOS device in the future as well.  Been playing with PhoneGap, but it isn't really giving me what I want.  A web control on the device with the guts on the web server and non-native.  Any advice?
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There is no "web control" unfortunately.  It's either native, a web application (HTML5), or a blend (Phonegap or home grown)

Eventhough web apps have a lot of advantages like you want, you can forget processor hungry applications or apps that heavily use touch and gestures.

1. Should your app run even if the Internet is down? Forget it, web apps cannot function without Internet connectivity – something that may be very important

2. WebApps can’t run in the background and cannot send push notifications.

3. Peripheral integration is not 100%, but getting there. Like you said, http://www.phonegap.com/ supports most of the features on multiple platforms. But PhoneGap still requires a native "stub" of software.

4. Operation of the WebApp is not as smooth and seamless as that of the App. Transitions and effects rely heavily on CSS3 and JavaScript and are limited.
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