Positioned as a web app browser developed specifically to run apps written in HTML5, the newly launched MobiUs from appMobi will now run online applications with the same functionality as native apps from app stores. Working as either a standalone mobile browser or as a web app platform, it integrates powerful APIs from PhoneGap and appMobi to give web apps the same performance, look, and feel as native apps.
Justifying the release of its latest product, appMobi says that until now web apps and websites have had limited capabilities, technically incapable of utilizing the features that made smartphones so popular: gravity sensing, accelerometer, GPS, camera, sound and vibration, file system, etc. Offline caching allows apps to work in MobiUs even when network connectivity is unavailable. The concept is simple, say its developers: Once a web app is bookmarked in MobiUs, the app is stored on the smartphone, so it loads instantly and can run with or without Internet connectivity, just like a native app.
Making a direct call to programmers to embrace HTML5 programming opportunities, MobiUs has urged developers to look at new capabilities enabled by the emerging HTML5 standard. Because gameplay accounts for a large percentage of the time people spend with their smartphones, appMobi has embedded its DirectCanvas HTML5 game acceleration technology within MobiUs. DirectCanvas charges the performance of a game's physics calculation and screen drawing by an astounding percent, in theory this makes web games played via MobiUs as fast and responsive as native app games.
"MobiUs [has] the power to disrupt everything you know about mobile apps, where you get them and how developers and publishers benefit from them," says Sam Abadir, appMobi CTO. "What has been particularly exciting for us is the early interest in MobiUs from some of our game developer customers. Game developers always push technology to the absolute edge of its limitations in order to make entertaining, thrilling, and compelling games, and they are finding the combination of MobiUs and appMobi's GameDev XDK gives them performance up to and even beyond the speed and capabilities of Adobe Flash."
Key features of MobiUs include:
- Mobile-optimized web app caching for instant access to web apps even when the device isn't connected
- DirectCanvas for supercharged game speed and performance
- Web-based Push notifications for user engagement
- Built-in e-commerce capability through appMobi's 1Touch digital wallet technology
- Mobile-optimized tabbed browsing
- Full screen browsing
- Orientation locking
- In-app access to device hardware functionalities such as the accelerometer, GPS, compass, vibration, microphone, camera, and more
The MobiUs browser makes the mobile web far more immersive by allowing web developers to access all of the functions that native apps can access, effectively creating the performance of a native app in a mobile website. "The appMobi platform and MobiUs allow any HTML5 developer to create and market mobile apps on the open web that are indistinguishable from native apps in performance and functionality. MobiUs empowers web apps and opens up the entire World Wide Web as the new app store," said Abadir.
MobiUs includes demonstration web apps that illustrate its power and functionality. As the leading HTML5 development platform, appMobi has long provided tools and cloud services that allow HTML5 to compete with native smartphone operating systems on a level playing field. Developers who wish to publish with MobiUs can use the MobiUs SDK and appMobi's free XDK HTML5 development tool. MobiUs for iOS is available today in the Apple App Store as a free app. MobiUs for Android will be available 1Q 2012.