Surely that headline should read Apache Cordova 1.5 released? Even though the list of fixes for this release includes several variants on "Rename PhoneGap to Cordova", PhoneGap seems reluctant to shed its previous identity.
Version 1.5 of Apache Cordova, the cross platform mobile application toolkit formerly known as PhoneGap, has been released.
The announcement was made on the PhoneGap blog, a site that makes no reference to the name "Cordova" although, to make matters all the more confusing, it does have links with "callback" in the urls. Callback was one of the proposed names for PhoneGap at the point it was admitted into the Adobe Incubator when Adobe acquired Nitobe, PhoneGap's original originator.
When version 1.3 of the software was released at the end of December 2011, we reported that the name change to Apache Cordova had been postponed until release 1.4. That happened at the end of January - still with the "PhoneGap" name. And now there is Version 1.5, which is mainly a bug fix release.
There are plenty of references to "Cordova" in the Release Notes to "PhoneGap 1.5. The most straightforward read "Rename to Cordova" and this occurs in each of the versions: Android, Blackberry, iOS, Windows Phone and Bada.
The list of Android changes, however, include several references to the CordovaInterface - changing to it, reverting that change due to insufficient time for testing and then putting it back again.
The most noticeable development for Apache Cordova is its new website which opened in February, complete with a new logo. The site has an overview of the project, details on how to contribute, and links to the issue trackers. Currently you can't download from this site, instead the download link goes to Git, from where both the program and the source code are available.
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