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Is there a particular reason why you can't or don't want to write it as a web page instead?

The performance and feel of Google maps inside a WebView is terrible compared to the native maps applications. I recently attempted this and was incredibly disappointed. Decided eventually after fighting with Titanium before trying Phonegap to just do native versions.

We need to have access to the hardware. One of our features will be positioning using an advanced Wifi triangulation system.

And make a simple app that shows the application via a webview

That's basically what PhoneGap does, although it also gives you JavaScript APIs to get at hardware features like the camera.

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