LONDON, July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
- The new '5app Toolkit' enables enterprise-scale software developers to design, develop, debug and deploy any mobile app across all types of smartphones and tablets with assured communications -
5app - http://www.5app.co.uk - today launches its enterprise-scale, multi-platform, rapid mobile app software development environment - the 5app Toolkit - which has been specifically designed for mobile enterprise app development. 5app's reliable mobile app toolkit will enable businesses to communicate effectively even when reception is intermittent. Enterprise apps are written only once and the same version will work on all types of smartphones and tablets e.g. iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows and Symbian.
Dr Tim King, Chief Technology Officer at 5app, explains, "C-level executives are beginning to understand the value of having reliable mobile apps to communicate effectively with a mobile workforce. This has resulted in software developers being tasked with demanding design briefs to develop multi-platform enterprise apps. But unlike fixed systems, the communication mechanism is unreliable and unless care is taken, data can be lost or transmitted twice."
As a result, 5app is bringing to market a mobile enterprise app development software toolkit which is designed as an environment for the rapid application development of robust, real-time, enterprise-scale, mobile business applications with built-in workflow, geolocation reporting and full data reliability.
The 5app Toolkit comprises the 5app Engines and the 5app Factory. A developer uses the 5app Factory to create a multi-platform 5app Fig; which in conjunction with the 5app engines, then runs without the need for alteration on any type of mobile handset.
5app Engines are subsystems that load a mobile application developed in the 5app Factory and run it on the mobile device, providing a reliable two-way communication mechanism. Unlike Ajax technology, which was designed for always connected systems, the 5app Engines provide communication synchronisation whenever data connectivity permits, uniquely allowing apps to be developed that work well both online and offline. If data changes occur while the device is sleeping the deployed app is informed and data is synchronised.
5app has spent the last year developing its unique 5app Engines which run on any remote handset. Besides the reliable communication mechanism, the 5app Toolkit removes the need for app store-style downloads of new or updated software. It ensures that users automatically have the latest version of software available, and provides complete control over which applications run on any particular user's mobile device.
King continues, "The market is awash with frameworks - often free - promising easy mobile enterprise app development, so much so that virtually every brand is now offering consumers free apps. But such developments are a world away from the corporate solutions that must be integrated with legacy applications and support two-way reliable information sharing. With employees increasingly preferring to use their own mobile devices, business mobile apps must not only run across an astonishing number of mobile platforms and operating systems, but also offer the performance, reliability and availability demanded by any critical corporate system."
Pricing and availability
The 5app toolkit is available immediately as an online service at http://www.5app.co.uk. Use of the 5app Factory to develop and test apps is completely free of charge. Once enterprise apps are ready for deployment there is a small charge per user, which varies with the number of end users. In addition, there is a 'freemium' option, which allow apps to be deployed free of charge; in this case, the apps do not include 5app's real time communications feature, but are otherwise fully functional.
About 5app -http://www.5app.co.uk
5app Limited is a mobile application software developer, headquartered at the new Bristol and Bath Science Park and with offices in London.
The 5app Factory is a cloud-based environment for the rapid application development of robust, real-time, enterprise-scale, mobile business applications with built-in workflow, geolocation reporting, data reliability and transactional integrity.
5app enables businesses to develop applications once only and then to deploy a single version across all types of smartphones and tablets (e.g. iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows and Symbian) thereby avoiding the need to develop native applications for each device.
5app is designed to provide robust, enterprise-scale applications through the use of its in-built workflow editors, geolocation reporting, and highly reliable data communications.
5app's unique 'engine' runs on any type of remote handset and removes the need for app store-style downloads of new or updated software, whilst ensuring that all users always have the latest version of software. The 5app system manages the deployment of apps, ensuring that each end user only has the appropriate apps; additional security is provided through user authentication and optional encryption of communications.