HTML5 development for desktop and mobile applications company Sencha has updated its Touch mobile framework. Version 2.3 now integrates with Apache Cordova for support of native phone functionality direct from HTML5 apps.
Touch 2.3 also comes with "out-of-the-box native-looking themes" for iOS 7, previous iOS versions, Android, Windows 8, and BlackBerry 10. It will now be packaged with Sencha Touch Grid — an add-on for sorting, filtering, and editing large amounts of data on mobile devices — as part of a Sencha Complete and Sencha Touch Bundle.
Sencha is attempting to position its products as a "complete framework" for creating touch-based data-rich web applications that can utilize the features and capabilities of any mobile device.
NOTE: More and more developers are embracing the flexibility and productivity gains of building HTML5 applications without commitment to a restrictive proprietary platform and code.
"As mobile devices become more sophisticated, developers and end-users alike are increasingly demanding fast, visually compelling web apps that provide the same experience as native iOS, Android, and BlackBerry apps. With these updates, the Sencha Touch framework not only integrates native features into web apps, but also enhances the usability and functionality of each app — HTML5 has emerged as the lingua franca of the application developer community," said Michael Mullany, CEO of Sencha.