appMobi XDK Lets You Make Apps In Chrome – Port To Android and iOS


I’m sure this is a heap load more complicated than it sounds but apparently there is a new addition to the Chrome Web Store today and it comes to you in the form of appMobi XDK. This new web app will give a developer the tools they need to design cross platform HTML5 software all from within the Chrome web browser. Pretty neat stuff in itself but the real appeal is the fact that these apps can then be ported into native Android and/or iOS apps and submitted into their respective markets.

appMobi XDK features a full set of debugging tools and emulators for testing your newly built apps. It uses JavaScript for testing hardware integration for a device by enabling access to specific functions like the camera, GPS, accelerometer, etc. Does this sound like the perfect way of making apps to anyone else? Now, I’m no developer so I’ll be looking to some of our readers for feedback on some of the pitfalls in using a system like this. Feel free to explain in the comments below.

[Via ChromeSpot]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I’d like to try this out, but I’m not a developer. I wonder how that would work out, or is that not necessarily what this is for?

    1. It’d prob make it quite easy to develop an app because javascript and html5 are a bit easier to understand than android’s java/xml and iOS’s objective c. The only downside is html5 based apps do not run as efficiently as native applications, unless this actually converts the entire html5 projects into native code instead of just providing a native wrapper.

  2. This is great. Now less complaints from Devs saying how hard it is to port hopefully.

  3. I tried this out, if you do not know how to develop in HTML 5, java script then forget it. It does have some nice sample apps, but you still need to have some development skills to make something on your own.

  4. My only question is how thorough the host integration is… Camera access, network access, audio… These are all important.

  5. I could be wrong, but they’re probably just doing this.

    WebView wv = new WebView();

    and that’s it. It’s incredibly easy to make a webpage into an android app.

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