Kony Solutions, a mobile platform provider, today launches KonyOne, the only platform that enables a single application definition to deliver both native applications and mobile web (HTML5 and non-HTML5) across phones, tablets, kiosks and desktops. In addition, Kony introduces several significant enhancements to its platform providing the most complete HTML5 support.
“At Kony, we believe the future includes native, mobile web, and HTML5 hybrid or ‘mixed mode’ applications,” said Raj Koneru, CEO of Kony. “Using the KonyOne platform, developers are able to use a single code base to create optimised applications for any device, operating system or browser. They can create native, mobile web or HTML5 applications or any combination to achieve the best individual user experience.”
Offering true native support for all seven operating systems (including iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, Java ME, Symbian, webOS) along with simultaneous support for the mobile web, the KonyOne platform provides a secure, scalable and extensible mobile middleware runtime platform that can be seamlessly integrated with existing services. Further, KonyOne also supports the following key HTML5 updates:
– HTML5 Elements: including new form fields (i.e. numbers or date ranges), semantic elements, audio and video elements, data URLs for images and application caching
– Touch Specific Features: with the ability to handle touch events and resolve them as a tap, double tap, long press or swipe. Kony One also brings gesture API support to any HTML5 deployment
– CSS 3.0 Specifications: leveraging media queries to target CSS specific to device DPI, with CSS gradients, rounded corners and shadows along with 2D and 3D transitions
– Widget Enhancements: designed to improve the application user experience, new feature-rich widget enhancements include image-based 360 degree views, accordion views, scrollable Hbox or Vbox, dockable widgets like the App Menu or Header/Footer, as well as transitions between form and pop-up widgets
According to Gartner Research Director Michael J King, “We’re beginning to see HTML5 browser and standard fragmentation even prior to the standard’s ratification. The native device platforms are also beginning to differentiate themselves with all kinds of different physical and software form factors, and that rapid pace of innovation negates the ability for the standards body to provide standardised access to every feature. As such, it’s important for companies not to think of HTML5 as an ‘either/or’, as it will be important to support both native and web-based deployment models.”
Kony also provides Single Page Application (SPA) support for a further enhanced user experience. Single Page Applications provide local rendering of the user interface (UI) and user experience (UX), by generating markup on the device, delivering consumers with a feature-rich experience with less latency. Kony’s SPA is just one of many deployment models provided by KonyOne, with additional options including server URL based, wrapper with access to all native device features and a hybrid or “mixed-mode” application, along with native support.
Koneru continued, “KonyOne’s state of the art architecture has a loose coupling of the layout, client side logic and server side capabilities. This intentional design structure allows developers to future-proof their work as new mobile devices enter the market, or as companies decide to deploy applications for new operating systems or devices using the same code base. No other platform technology provides the ease, speed and security of future deployment as KonyOne.”