HTML5-centered capabilities in jQ.Mobi include backing for Cascading Style Sheets 3 and WebKit, Abadir said. AppMobi, which provides such cloud services as collection of analytics data, hopes to blaze new trails with jQ.Mobi. "The intent of this project is to put it out there and hopefully have it influence other projects as well," Abadir said.
IOS application developer WatchDox, which has not used jQ.Mobi, nonetheless sees potential for it as a mechanism for building Web-based applications. "Our enterprise customers are mainly looking for apps rather than Web-based solutions. This has to do with performance, ease-of-use, and of course, security," said Adi Ruppin, CTO at WatchDox, which provides document security capabilities. "It's good to have companies like [appMobi] making progress on both performance and interface side, which can enable companies like us to optimize our Web experience and also incorporate more flexible, cross-platform HTML5 components in our apps."
The framework is available at the jQ.Mobi website under an MIT X11 license. AppMobi is seeking feedback on the technology and hopes to offer a general release in several months. For Apple iOS applications, which leverage the Objective-C language, developers can use jQ.Mobi for building a better UI while the application itself has an Objective-C wrapper, Abadir explained.
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