Do you build locally or using Phonegap Build, the cloud service?
I'll use Phonegap Build cloud service but the app that I made locally
Then get away from the developer app, since that tool is meant to be used for those who builk locally, just to get started with Phonegap a bit.
About plugins: see the Configuration>Plugins section of the PGB Docs. Always use the latest versions of the plugins from npm.