appMobi open-sources HTML5 development technologies

Mobile software development platform provider appMobi is opening up the source code behind its HTML5 technologies in an effort to accelerate the mobile industry's transition to the HTML5 standard. According to appMobi, open-sourcing its APIs will translate to faster downloads, improved offline usage and enhanced mobile gaming experiences.

Included in the source code: appMobi's DirectCanvas solution, which accelerates processing speeds to more quickly render HTML5 game graphics, as well as the new MobiUs, a mobile web app browser developed expressly to run applications written in HTML5. Introduced last month, MobiUs works as a standalone browser or it can power web apps and mobile websites, promising the same look, feel and capabilities as native mobile apps.

appMobi also will open-source authentication and encryption technologies including Oauth, a common web service authentication for accessing service APIs like Twitter, along with Augmented Reality APIs, JavaScript Bridge APIs, MediaPlayer technologies and the DirectBox 2D physics engine. All of appMobi's open-sourced code is available here.

Last month, appMobi released its free PhoneGap Mobile App XDK toolset, offering a suite of desktop development tools for creating mobile, HTML5 and PhoneGap-based apps. Features include debugging of mobile apps, emulation of mobile devices, hardware emulation of GPS, camera, contacts and accelerometer inputs and remote testing options. The XDK integrates with Adobe DreamWeaver 5.5, NotePad++ and other programming editor tools--developers may also add support for in-app payments, push messaging, user analytics and live app updates.

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