Kendo UI Adds Tablet Support; Server Wrappers in Latest Release

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Enhancements Extend Developers’ Ability to Quickly Build Rich, Native-like Apps and Sites Using HTML5 and JavaScript

Kendo UI, a new product from leading developer tools and solutions provider Telerik, today unveiled its next major release of Kendo UI Complete, a collection of Web, DataViz and management tools for professional software developers. With this release, Kendo UI adds support for tablet UIs and debuts server-side wrappers for ASP.NET MVC in order to extend and simplify development of HTML5 and JavaScript mobile apps and sites.

In today’s fragmented computing landscape, developers are turning to HTML5 and JavaScript to build software that can run anywhere and reach the largest possible audience. Kendo UI’s award-winning unified framework incorporates adaptive rendering capabilities and leverages the latest in CSS3, HTML5, and JavaScript web standards to automatically adapt a mobile app’s native look-and-feel on any smartphone and tablet device, while delivering broad support for all major browsers.

“With this release, Kendo UI moves beyond mobile phones to help developers create experiences with HTML5 that look native on the iPad and other tablets,” said Todd Anglin, Vice President, HTML5 Web and Mobile Tools at Telerik. “In addition, we’ve added important updates across the Kendo UI framework, including the first in a series of server-side wrappers that further equip developers to quickly and cost-effectively create advanced apps and mobile sites with HTML5 and JavaScript.”

Creating Rich Tablet UIs
Today’s Kendo UI release adds a complete set of controls and widgets for creating rich iPad user interfaces. According to IDC, more than 107 million tablets will ship this year, with nearly 2/3 of those expected to be iPads. By adding iPad-specific widgets to Kendo UI Mobile, the company provides developers with a streamlined way to build native-like apps leveraging HTML5 for the market’s #1 tablet.

HTML5 is quickly becoming the dominant cross-platform runtime, with ABI Research forecasting the installed base for mobile devices with HTML5 to grow from approximately 500 million in 2011, to more than 2.1 billion in 2016. Gartner further forecasts that worldwide tablet sales will grow by 98% in 2012 to 119 million units.

Kendo UI Mobile already helps developers build HTML5 or JavaScript apps that automatically transform to the native look-and-feel of iOS, Android and Blackberry. With this update, developers can use Kendo Mobile UI’s unique adaptive rendering to target multiple phone and tablet platforms with a single UI codebase, thus eliminating the traditional challenges that developers face of manually researching and then combining all of the plug-ins and frameworks and libraries needed to build mobile apps.

Maximizing Developer Productivity while Supporting Platform Choice
This new release also adds server-side helpers for ASP.NET MVC, enabling developers to incorporate and configure Kendo UI via familiar server-side programming, while still producing apps that benefit from the client-side power of Kendo UI and HTML5. While Kendo UI works with any server-side technology, some developers are less comfortable in JavaScript and CSS, but feel very capable when working inside of a server-side language. These wrappers ensure that developers who prefer to build apps from their own server-side language, can do so quickly.

Developers using the new ASP.NET MVC wrappers can take full advantage of server-side framework features and coding conveniences, while targeting both desktop and mobile devices using the cross-platform power of modern HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. Kendo UI Complete for ASP.NET MVC is the first of what the company plans to be a collection of server-side helpers for different platforms, including Java and PHP, all designed to maximize developer productivity with HTML5.

Further Kendo UI Framework Enhancements
In addition to the new iPad widgets and server wrappers, there are updates across the entire Kendo UI framework. These include new and improved widgets and charts in Kendo UI Web and DataViz, enabling the presentation of rich, touch-aware visual information on any browser and any device. Additional enhancements include:

  •     Kendo UI Mobile: Popover and Split View controls, as well as Action Sheet and Modal View     widgets
  •     Kendo UI DataViz: New Donut (or torus) and Bubble chart types, as well as date axis support and additional arrow types for the Radial Gauge
  •     Kendo UI Web: Combined DateTimePicker widget, column reordering and resizing on the Grid, and support for hierarchical and relational data in the DataSource

Kendo UI has been building rapid momentum in the market. It was one of only 13 vendors hand-selected by Google to showcase the Chrome platform at the recent Google I/O conference. Kendo UI also just won a trio of accolades from the 2012 Code Project, which is comprised of a 3.8 million developer community that awarded Kendo UI with two gold medals for best “HTML5 Tools” and best “Frameworks and Mobile Development”.

About Kendo UI
Kendo UI is a complete solution for JavaScript and HTML5 developers that provides web and mobile developers with all of the necessary components for building HTML5 and JavaScript mobile apps and sites. Based on jQuery, Kendo UI delivers a rich UI for the web, HTML5-powered data visualizations, and tools for building native mobile apps with HTML5. The leading-edge framework delivers everything in a unified, compact package, backed by industry leading professional support. For more information about Kendo UI, please visit or follow @KendoUI on twitter.

About Telerik
Telerik is a market-leading provider of end-to-end solutions for application development, software testing, agile project management, reporting, and content management. Telerik’s award-winning software development products enable enterprises and organizations of every size to generate tangible productivity gains, reduce time-to-market, and deliver on time and under budget. With tens of thousands of users in more than 90 countries around the world, Telerik’s customers include numerous Fortune 2000 companies, academic institutions, governments, and non-profit organizations. For additional information about Telerik, please visit or follow @telerik on Twitter.

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