Kaazing has announced its WebSocket Gateway — JMS Edition 3.5 Platform. Built around the firm's HTML 5 web socket architecture, the new platform sets out to improve iPhone battery life, application performance, and "offline participation" so that apps can push information to devices even when they're not "on".
The firm claims to be able to provide iPhone app developers with cost savings and a lower maintenance burden. Kaazing CEO Jonas Jacobi argues that most iPhone apps rely on using HTTP as "the earliest architecture of the Internet".
"HTTP wasn't designed for the real-time responsiveness you need for apps dealing with air travel, finances, gaming, transportation, or online collaboration," said Jacobi. "Building a live, interactive, and real-time application using Kaazing's HTML5 WebSocket technology requires less power and less data, meaning longer battery life in mobile devices, more responsive applications, and less impact on end users data plans."
The company's own data states that Kaazing Gateway has been shown to be at least “50% more efficient” than traditional web communications (like HTTP) for mobile app performance. Although no third party independent clarification or verification of this figure was provided, Kaazing does also state that it is able to reduce latency to give apps a more responsive feel.
"The full-duplex nature of Kaazing's solution means true real-time mobile applications rather than the pseudo-real-time applications that eat up bandwidth and drain batteries," said the company.
Key features of the Kaazing WebSocket Gateway – JMS Edition 3.5 Platform include an iOS client library for writing native iPhone applications, APNS Integration to reach an audience even when they are not logged into a native application, client-managed message flow control to ensure continued service through poor coverage areas, and bandwidth capping to offer volume-tiered data delivery services.