Sencha Accelerates HTML5 Device API Access, Integrates Native Packager for Mobile Web Apps

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Upcoming version of Sencha Touch, the leading HTML5 mobile development platform, gives developers the option of creating cross-platform Web apps or native apps that take advantage of device APIs on Apple iOS and Android.

Stella & Dot used Sencha Touch to build a mobile app that keeps its stylists productive on the road

With native packaging features now built into Sencha Touch, developers can quickly go from an idea on a whiteboard to an app they can deliver on the Web, and now deliver to the top mobile app stores.

Sencha, the leading provider of HTML5 frameworks and tools for desktop and mobile application developers, announced the forthcoming availability of Sencha Touch 2, a major upgrade to its market-leading HTML5 mobile application development framework. The highlights of the extensive list of enhancements offered in Sencha Touch 2 include native application packaging, access to more device APIs, and numerous performance enhancements that put cross-platform Web apps created with Sencha Touch at parity with many native applications.

The explosion of mobile devices and operating systems has increased the time-to-market for developers and businesses, requiring them to target an assortment of platforms in order to maximize the reach of their applications. HTML5 and Web-standard technologies have emerged as a way to build an application on a single codebase that spans current and future devices. But HTML5 APIs that allow deep device access are not yet widespread on mobile browsers. Sencha Touch 2 will accelerate API access for developers by making these APIs available as part of its native packager feature.

Sencha Touch is the leading framework for mobile Web app development. Now approaching 500,000 downloads, Sencha Touch has been used by companies to develop powerful mobile apps: Xero delivers online accounting software; JARVUS Innovations develops custom software and mobile applications for high-profile clients; Stella & Dot built a mobile app to keep its stylists productive on the road; and Vimeo gave attendees mobile access to their festival and awards show content.

In addition to device access APIs and native packaging, Sencha Touch 2 offers a variety of new features for developers, including radically improved performance and ease of use. For more details about the features, read the Sencha blog.

“Sencha Touch was the first HTML5 framework to give developers a complete tool for building mobile Web applications optimized for touch-driven devices. Sencha Touch 2 leverages the latest advances in HTML5, enabling developers to build Web experiences that rival native apps,” said Aditya Bansod, senior director of product management at Sencha. “And, with native packaging features now built into Sencha Touch, developers can quickly go from an idea on a whiteboard to an app they can deliver on the Web, and now deliver to the top mobile app stores.”

Sencha Touch pricing and availability
Sencha Touch 2 will be available as a public beta by the end of September and will remain a free download from

About Sencha Inc.
Sencha makes application frameworks that equip application developers to create amazing application experiences using Web-standard technologies. The company’s flagship product, Sencha Ext JS, is a cross-browser JavaScript framework for building rich Internet applications. It includes high-performance, customizable UI building blocks; a superbly architected, extensible component model; and an intuitive, easy-to-use API. More than one million developers worldwide—representing more than 150,000 companies—use the Sencha family of products to build amazing application experiences. Visit Sencha on the Web at, read the Sencha blog, and follow us on @sencha and


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