StackMob Adds Integrated Frontend HTML5 Services To Its Leading Platform for Network Connected Applications

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Now featuring HTML5 integrated with its powerful managed backend, StackMob offers developers the most flexible platform to build, deploy and grow feature-rich, network connected applications.

In speaking to our international customer base, it is clear that there is a serious need that StackMob’s Hosted HTML5 platform can now fulfill.

StackMob, the first cloud-based platform for building, deploying and growing network connected applications, today announced that it has expanded its managed backend technology stack with new integrated HTML5 services. The addition of hosted HTML5 now ties frontend capabilities to StackMob’s powerful backend service and enables application developers to build their entire application business on the StackMob platform. The first platform with integrated HTML5, StackMob now is a flexible, scalable, end-to-end platform that delivers a single point of integration for developers and the optimal solution for delivering rich content across network connected devices.

“The rapid growth of ‘smart’ mobile device usage over the last few years has been mind-blowing but this wave is just the beginning. Massive consumer adoption will undoubtedly continue to skyrocket as future categories of network connected devices and the apps running on them begin to emerge within the next few years,” said Ty Amell, founder and CEO, StackMob. “We believe HTML5 with native wrappers is the optimal solution for building cross-platform, network connected apps today and in the future. With the added flexibility from our new integrated HTML5 services, StackMob enables developers to easily build hybrid apps that are fully featured and can grow and thrive even under the heaviest loads.”

Driven by the proliferation of tablets, mobile phones, connected appliances, consoles and other smart machines, the number of multi-platform network connected devices in use is expected to grow to more than 15 billion by 2015. Consumer demand for apps that run on current and future ‘smart’ and network connected devices is fueling a critical need for cost-efficient, cross-platform app development. As the network connected device space continues emerging at the fastest pace ever seen before, the business of developing applications becomes increasingly more complex because each app is unique and has different requirements that will constantly change. In this environment, a flexible, scalable platform will enable developers to manage current and future app requirements as they evolve.

To meet this demand, StackMob’s platform integrates HTML5 services to its industry leading backend services and provides the best, cross-platform solution for building, deploying and growing applications. By adding HTML5, StackMob enables the largest, network connected applications to grow and support increasingly heavier loads. StackMob’s HTML5 platform allows developers to leverage responsive designs to work across many interfaces - a critical requirement when delivering and optimizing across different devices such as mobile, tablets, televisions and web applications.

“HTML5 is experiencing massive adoption from developers around the globe,” says Ziv Elul, CEO and co-founder, inneractive. “In speaking to our international customer base, it is clear that there is a serious need that StackMob’s Hosted HTML5 platform can now fulfill.”

An ideal choice for all types of developers from independent to enterprise, StackMob features a tight integration with GitHub to provide the most logical workflow that is both simple and intuitive. Through this integration, StackMob allows developers to connect their StackMob account with their GitHub account, a step that makes it very easy to deploy repositories directly into the StackMob environment. Every time a developer pushes an update to a repository, their applications will automatically deploy in StackMob’s development environment using the updated code. StackMob does not limit flexibility and allows developers to use a wide range of Javascript libraries including but not limited to JQuery, Sencha, and Ember. Also, with StackMob’s new “Teams & Orgs” feature, development teams — large or small — can easily work on multiple apps. Using this feature, large corporations and app development shops can setup mobile development teams that provide access to apps that are assigned specifically to those teams.

Built by experts in scalable, distributed systems, StackMob offers the best platform for building feature-rich network connected applications right from the start. Unlike simple, hosted mobile backend development tools or other platforms that lack development flexibility out in the market today, StackMob is a robust end-to-end platform and powers network connected applications throughout each phase of development:

●    Build - StackMob helps developers cut hosted hybrid app development time from months to minutes. With StackMob’s HTML5 platform, developers can easily create and manage APIs, extend their APIs with custom code and integrate social features in just a few clicks.
●    Deploy – To stay on top with consumers, network connected applications must continually be updated with new features and better performance. StackMob’s development and production environment gives developers the ability to easily make changes or test their application without affecting the production API. They can also take snapshots of the development environment and in just a few clicks, deploy them to the production environment. Lastly, they can easily deploy new versions, roll back to previous versions or concurrently run multiple versions of an API.
●    Grow – Managing the growth of network connected applications is more important than ever. StackMob gives developers everything they need to scale their network connected applications and the customer insight resources to grow their business. StackMob is built on reliable technology that can easily scale to the largest, most demanding applications. The platform also improves customer development by providing deep insight into who the power users are and how they use the app. With StackMob’s reporting and analytics tools, businesses can see detailed App and API analytics and message any user or group of users.

“No matter what category a network connected device is in, they all need to share data and talk to the cloud but not all of them need a user interface,” added Amell. “When building the StackMob platform, we initially focused on the backend because it can be very time consuming to develop and really is the foundation for hosted applications. Because StackMob can host the HTML5 apps, the platform can easily optimize the performance of the applications.”

StackMob HTML5 Availability and Pricing

StackMob HTML5 services are available beginning today and will be released in two phases. StackMob’s hosted HTML5 service is available now. StackMob’s HTML5 build service will be added to the platform by late Q1, 2012. StackMob’s HTML5 build services will enable a customer to build and deploy HTML5 applications with native wrappers for platforms such as iOS, Android and more. StackMob HTML5 services are included as part of StackMob’s production packages.

StackMob offers two categories of Production Package Pricing. StackMob’s production packages cover a full range of options for developers to meet the specific scaling needs of their applications. For applications just starting out, StackMob offers Starter packages that range from free to $29. With its Pro pricing category that provides additional support and dedicated resources for scaling larger application businesses, packages range from $399 to $2,999.

All Production Packages have access to the complete set of StackMob features including HTML5 services, advanced REST API Creation and Management, Custom Code, Push Notifications, Social Integration and Analytics. StackMob also provides built-in Development and Production environments allowing for simple testing and versioning of network connected applications. StackMob believes developers should not have to pay for their services during the development of their application. Developers can easily build and test their application for free in the Development environment, and when ready, they can simply take a “snap-shot” of their app and deploy to Production.

About StackMob
StackMob is the industry’s first, cloud-based mobile platform that helps developers create a mobile business by letting them easily build, deploy and grow full featured applications right from the start. StackMob features front end HTML5 and robust backend services that cut development time from months to minutes so developers can focus on creating high caliber apps with quality user experiences. With StackMob, developers no longer need to compromise the quality of their application development and can offload their deployment and scaling challenges using StackMob’s platform. As experts in building scalable, distributed systems, StackMob enables developers to easily create and mange APIs, extend APIs with custom code, build using the development and production environments and add business solutions like customer development messaging, social integration and analytics.

Founded in 2010, StackMob is backed by notable investors including Baseline Ventures, Harrison Metal and Trinity Ventures. For more information, please visit http://www.stackmob.com and http://www.stackmob.com/blog or follow StackMob on Twitter at twitter.com/stackmob

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