Here is what Wikipedia says about Apache Cordova: “Apache Cordova (formerly PhoneGap) is a popular mobile application development framework originally created by Nitobi. Adobe Systems purchased Nitobi in 2011, rebranded it as PhoneGap, and later released an open source version of the software called Apache Cordova”.
Wikipedia says: “The software was previously called just “PhoneGap”, then “Apache Callback”. As open-source software, Apache Cordova allows wrappers around it, such as Appery.io or Intel XDK.”
Wikipedia says: “PhoneGap is Adobe’s productised version and ecosystem on top of Cordova. Like PhoneGap, many other tools and frameworks are also built on top of Cordova, including Ionic, Monaca, TACO, the Intel XDK, and the Telerik Platform. These tools use Cordova, and not PhoneGap for their core tools”.