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[RETIRED] Intel App Preview

NOTE: As of August 16, 2017, Intel App Preview has been retired and is no longer available in the respective mobile app stores; if you already have a copy of Intel App Preview on your test device it will continue to work, but you can no longer download it from a mobile store for new installations.

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Is there any alternative to test the apps or do not know any information yet

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Fernando Fabian C. wrote:

Is there any alternative to test the apps or do not know any information yet

PhoneGap Build offers a feature similar to Intel App Preview known as "Hydration" which is described here > http://docs.phonegap.com/phonegap-build/tools/hydration/ < The Intel XDK does not directly support Hydration; however, you should be able to use it with your exported project.

In many ways the Hydration solution is superior to what Intel App Preview offered. The Hydration container you use to test your app is based directly on your application and selected plugins, rather than the generic Intel App Preview container, which contained a fixed set of plugins and used a fixed version for those plugins and the Cordova framework. Hydration allows you to perform testing based directly on your app and plugin combinations, which is much more accurate than what Intel App Preview provided.

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So there's not a REAL alternative... you have to manually build and upload a package every time you want to test on device

I found a better alternative to test on device without upload: just install PhoneGap Desktop on your computer and PhoneGap Developer App on your smartphone. You can simply add the XDK project folder as a PhoneGap project in PhoneGap Desktop.

http://docs.phonegap.com/getting-started/4-preview-your-app/desktop/

Note that if you want to debug with the Chrome Remote Debugging tools you can't use PhoneGap Developer App. Instead, you must use the CLI ( https://stackoverflow.com/a/34717012/3440706 ) or fork and build by yourself the app in debug mode ( https://github.com/phonegap/phonegap-app-developer/issues/49 )

https://github.com/phonegap/phonegap/wiki/Debugging-in-PhoneGap

http://docs.phonegap.com/references/developer-app/debugging/

http://docs.phonegap.com/references/developer-app/custom-build/ios/

 

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The PhoneGap tools do work, but only if you don't need 3rd-party plugins. For some apps (like mine) that's a deal-killer.

One alternative to consider is Evothings. Their tool is similar to PhoneGap Desktop (e.g. it will update on your device without building/uploading each time) but the key difference is the support of 3rd-party plugins. Not coincidentally, they have authored some nice ones (e.g. Bluetooth LE).

Worth checking out as an alternative...

-ssbc

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