The native mobile app development kits of today are all vastly improved versions of the ones that came before them. With that being said, however, there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done if they are to be used exclusively by experienced and novice app developers alike. Companies like Google, Apple, and BlackBerry are doubtless all working to further improve the native SDKs of their respective mobile operating systems, but if they don’t act fast, a powerful third-party mobile app development solution that’s starting to loom on the horizon will come in to steal their thunder soon. In fact, it has already started doing just that.
Back in June of 2012, an Israel-based tech startup launched Codename One as its namesake, a Java-based mobile app development platform that offers developers a write-once-run-everywhere solution to help save precious time and money on their projects. After months of being left in beta, Codename One has now been downloaded over 100,000 times and has been used to create more than 1,000 native mobile apps across all of today’s most popular smartphone platforms, including Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry.
Codename One is now on version 1.0, and its creators hope that more and more people begin to adopt it as their own mobile app development solution. Its highlight features include built-in Eclipse and NetBeans integration as well as the ability to allow developers to create true native mobile applications with the use of a single code base across all mobile platforms. This helps developers prevent fragmentation before it can even begin. Codename One is also free and open source, so anyone who wants in can get started on using it now.
Check out the full Codename One version 1.0 press release below for more information. Or as an alternative, hit the source link to get started developing with it.
Tel Aviv, Israel – Mobile development platform Codename One is announcing the
launch of its 1.0 version on Tuesday, January 29. After releasing in beta last
June, Codename One – the first software development kit that allows Java
developers to create true high performance native mobile applications across
multiple mobile operating systems using a single code base – has garnered over
100,000 downloads and emerged as one of the fastest toolkits of its kind, on par
with native OS toolkits.
The platform to date has been used to build over 1,000 native mobile
applications and has been touted by mobile developers and enthusiasts as the
best write-once-run-everywhere solution for building native mobile apps. “I have
been developing with Codename One for a couple of months now. When you line
up all of the other options for development, whether native SDKs, Appcelerator,
ADF or others, Codename One wins on almost every front,” said software
developer Steve Hannah.
Codename One has received widespread, viral acclaim in technology and
business media including InfoWorld, Slashdot, Hacker News, VentureBeat,
Business Insider, The Next Web, Dr. Dobbs and Forbes, which named the
company one of the 10 greatest industry disrupting startups of 2012.
“We have been thrilled with the success of our beta launch and are very excited
to release the much-awaited 1.0 version,” said co-founder and CEO Shai Almog.
Almog, along with co-founder Chen Fishbein, decided to launch the venture after
noticing a growing inefficiency within mobile application development. By
enabling developers to significantly cut time and costs in developing native
applications for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows 7 Phone and other devices,
Almog and Fishbein hope to make mobile application development increasingly
The Java-based platform is open-source and utilizes lightweight technology,
allowing it to produce unique native interfaces highly differentiated from
competitive cross-platform mobile development toolkits, which typically use
HTML5 or heavyweight technology.
By drawing all components from scratch rather than utilizing native widgets,
Codename One enables developers to avoid fragmentation – a major hindrance
found in the majority of competitors – and additionally allows accurate desktop
simulation of mobile apps.
The startup’s founders are recognized for engineering Sun Microsystems’s
famous Lightweight User Interface Toolkit, a mobile platform used by leading
mobile carriers and industry leaders to this date.
Codename One is available for download free of charge.
About Codename One
Codename One, named by Forbes as “one of the 10 greatest industry disrupting
startups of 2012,” is an Israel-based technology company that has created a
powerful cross-platform software development kit for mobile applications. The
technology enables developers to create native applications across multiple
operating systems using a single code base. Codename One was founded by
renowned software engineers Shai Almog and Chen Fishbein in 2012.