appMobi Targets Developers with Open Sourcing of its Key HTML5 Technologies

By Tony Rizzo — November 25, 2011

In a move specifically targeted at mobile application developers, HTML5 and open Web proponent, appMobi today made available a host of open source code for the development of mobile applications. appMobi hopes to accelerate the industry’s move to HTML5 and the company believes open sourcing its considerable HTML5 development technology will serve to fast-track this effort. Included in the source code appMobi opened up today are the company’s cross-platform XDK, DirectCanvas, and its mobiUs Web App Browser. More info is available on mobiUs here.

These software projects will join appMobi’s previous open source releases at the GitHub repository.

appMobi’s newly open sourced technologies include:
  • Augmented Reality - Turns the camera view on beneath the web page so that the page can superimpose images on top of "reality"
  • Authentication and Encryption – Includes Oauth, the most common web service authentication for accessing web service APIs like Twitter, as well as ‘Protected Data’, so that web service API keys don't need to be kept in the clear in JavaScript
  • Bar Code/QR Code Scanner
  • DirectBox2D - the renowned Box2D physics engine, hardware accelerated and exposed through JavaScript
  • DirectCanvas - enhanced graphic rendering for 2D games 
  • Display - Better viewport for consistent visual rendering on Android and iOS devices, and orientation locking, disabling auto-shutoff of display, etc. 
  • JavaScript Bridge APIs - Accelerometer, analytics, cache, device information, canvas, camera, display, notification, media player, authentication and encryption, geolocation and file transfer 
  • MediaPlayer - Multi-channel sound for games, Shoutcast streaming audio player, and video playback of locally cached files for more seamless playback of things like offline videos inside web apps 
  • mobiUs – Unique Web App Browser allowing HTML5 Web apps to perform just like native apps 
  • Offline Caching - Web app archives for more efficient/faster downloads over mobile, and Dynamic Cache to allow the changing/storage of individual files instead of having to re-download the full web app if there is just a single file change
"appMobi is an advocate for the open Web, and by opening up these technologies to developers it also helps power the HTML5 revolution," said Sam Abadir, appMobi founder and CTO. "By shifting from native apps to Web-based apps the transfer of power is moving from corporations to developers. Offering open sourced APIs will promote the migration of app development to HTML5 and has the potential to improve the overall mobile Web experience through faster downloads, better offline usage and enhanced mobile gaming experiences."
 

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