jqMobi 1.0 Released – Tiny, Fast JavaScript Framework Optimized for Mobile HTML5


Open source mobile rewrite delivers identical user experience across iOS and Android devices

appMobi (www.appmobi.com) today announced the public release of version 1.0 of the jqMobi open source HTML5 mobile app framework (jqMobi.com). appMobi originally created and open sourced jqMobi to remedy the poor cross-platform performance of JavaScript frameworks on iOS and Android. Frameworks like jqMobi speed the development of HTML5-based mobile apps that are deployed as Web apps or as hybrid iOS and Android apps created using appMobi or PhoneGap/Cordova.

The jqMobi HTML5 mobile framework includes three functional libraries:

  • jqMobi – a blazingly fast query selector library with jQuery-compatible syntax
  • jqUI – a touch-based user interface library for WebKit browsers that handles headers, footers, transitions, scrolling lists, transitions, forms, carousels and Android bug fixes
  • jqPlugins – a jQuery-compatible plugin manager for WebKit browsers

The 1.0 release of jqMobi includes numerous improvements, bug fixes and tablet enhancements that have been contributed by the open source community. At its original launch in January, jqMobi had only 30 API functions and basic event support. The 1.0 release sports over 60 API calls, expanded event support and query selector compatibility, along with many bug fixes. jqUI now has six color themes to choose from, vector-based iconography and it works seamlessly on tablets. jqUI is still very small, only 21kb minified and gZipped. Remarkably, jqMobi 1.0 is still just as fast as the beta version and only slightly larger, at 5kb minified and gZipped.

Initially launched as open source on January 16, 2012, jqMobi has been rapidly embraced by the mobile HTML5 development community, with over 10,000 downloads, 80 “forks” and over 500 watchers on its GitHub repository.

“jqMobi could not have been released at a better time,” said developer Michael Bryne, of Fueled Media. “As my first foray into mobile application development, jqMobi allowed me to get my app up and running in record time, with a full feature set and rock-solid one-of-a-kind support from the development team. I cannot recommend jqMobi and jqUI enough!”

While most JavaScript app frameworks deliver a good user experience on iOS devices, many have difficulties with the highly fragmented Android platform. jqMobi offers developers a solid framework that delivers equivalent user experience on iOS and Android platforms. In terms of numbers, the Android platform dominates the mobile industry, with 850,000 new devices being authorized per day.

jqMobi 1.0 is available immediately as a free download at www.jqMobi.com.

About appMobi

A bold proponent of the open mobile Web, appMobi has developed tools and cloud-based services built on HTML5, CSS and JavaScript, creating a unified, open ecosystem that competes favorably with “walled gardens” offered by Apple and Google. In 2011, the company released several of its core technologies as open source, including its cross-platform mobile device API, mobiUs Web browser, and directCanvas HTML5 game acceleration. In December, appMobi was named “Most Promising Tech Company for 2012” by ReadWriteWeb. appMobi’s technology allows mobile app developers to support HTML5 and native app platforms with just one code base, and to deploy and service their apps on multiple platforms, including the open Web. For more information visit www.appmobi.com.

appMobi is a registered trademark of appMobi Inc. iOS and related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Apple Computer Corp. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners including: jQuery, Apple and Google.

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