Appcelerator Titanium Releases for General Availability

Appcelerator, the platform for rapidly developing native mobile, desktop, and iPad applications using web technologies, announced the release of its flagship product, Appcelerator Titanium 1.0, for General Availability (“GA”).

Titanium 1.0 has been redesigned to achieve performance on par with Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android SDKs, and is the first cross-platform solution to achieve this milestone. Appcelerator also introduced a new commercial offering for premium support, training, and analytics, available for purchase beginning today.

Many developers, in particular web development firms, systems integrators and interactive agencies, are turning to Appcelerator to deliver a cross-platform application development solution that gives them a native advantage. These developers require performance on par with Apple and Google’s SDK, native user experience capabilities, and native access to the underlying device capabilities (eg: camera, video streaming, maps) on each platform.

“The proliferation of ’smart’ devices with multiple operating systems is causing serious platform fragmentation and, as a result, every company needs to reassess their development strategy today,” advises Scott Ellison, Vice-President Mobile, IDC. “Appcelerator improves upon the ‘write once, deploy anywhere’ approach by enabling cross-platform development of applications that leverage the native performance and capabilities of each unique device from a cost effective, web technology-driven code base.”

Appcelerator spent three months – and more than tripled its code base – to upgrade Titanium’s mobile processing engine. The resulting performance improvements put significant distance between Titanium and competing solutions. Load times are now under 3 seconds, down from 10-20 seconds, transitions between pages are instantaneous, and processing speed has improved five-fold. Moreover, user experience capabilities have dramatically increased to now include over 100 native UI controls, native 2D/3D animation capabilities, and sophisticated data and media presentation capabilities. Branded applications, casual games, and even augmented reality applications are now possible.

Notably, the code – and time – required to develop a typical application is a fraction of what it takes to build a native app. Streaming an audio clip, for example, can take between 50-500 lines of Objective-C (iPhone) or Java (Android) code. In Titanium, the developer simply writes one line in Javascript that points to a URL location to have the clip start streaming. Most Titanium developers today save more than 80% of the time and cost it would take to build an application in Objective-C or Java.

“After being in market 6 months, we realized that the user experience needs to be at parity with native development platforms. Anything less is a non-starter. We are pleased to be the first and only cross-platform solution to run on par with native applications, but with the development speed that comes from using web technologies,” noted Jeff Haynie, CEO of Appcelerator.

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