When comparing jQuery Mobile vs Xamarin, the Slant community recommends Xamarin for most people. In the question“What are the best Android app development frameworks?” Xamarin is ranked 1st while jQuery Mobile is ranked 7th.
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Pro Download Builder
To optimize application development jQuery Mobile provides a tool to allow the user to customize the framework. It contains the ability to pick and choose which modules to include and then bundles the framework so it contains only what is needed.
An interactive tool that has been created to customize an apps theme. Users can import a current theme, make changes, and export the theme back to the app for integration.
With HTML5 development being relatively amateur jQuery Mobile has a vast selection of resources to assist. These resources include websites, books, apps and other frameworks, 3rd party plugins and extensions, and more. All of these can help ramp up and excel the project development cycle.
Pro Xamarin Insights and Test Cloud increase user experience
Apps built with Xamarin can run natively on Android, iOS and Windows Mobile. Xamarin compiles the same C# or F# codebase to native code that runs on several platforms.
Pro Open source
The Xamarin SDK is free and open source and released under the MIT license.
Con No MVC support
There is no included MVC support in jQuery Mobile. It is possible to achieve this, however, using other frameworks such as BackboneJS in combination with jQuery Mobile, but there are a few limitations. Specifically that MVC frameworks, such as BackboneJS or KnockoutJS, are not compatible with jQuery Mobile page routing.