HTML5 tool specialist Sencha is readying itself for the forthcoming launch of its Sencha Touch 2 mobile application development framework. Reportedly available as a public beta by the "end of September", this free download has been enhanced to offer native application packaging and access to more device APIs. Sencha's meatiest claim for this new release rests upon performance enhancements that will put cross-platform web apps created with Sencha Touch "at parity" level with many native applications.
As device form factors and operating systems continue to expand, mobile developers clearly need to get to market faster with applications that will run across what is an assortment of platforms in order to maximize the reach of their apps. Sencha argues that HTML5 and web-standard technologies have emerged as a means of building an application upon a single codebase that spans current and future devices.
But, says the company, HTML5 APIs that allow deep device access are not yet widespread on mobile browsers. Sencha Touch 2 has therefore been positioned as a means of accelerating API access for developers by making these APIs available as part of its native package feature.