Intel scoops up appMobi's HTML5 developer tools, staff

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Intel has acquired appMobi's HTML5 developer tools division and related technical staff in an effort to strengthen its presence in the mobile software market. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The acquisition was first made public in a letter from appMobi to the roughly 150,000 developers leveraging its HTML5 platform. "The HTML5 development tools acquired by Intel include appMobi's XDK IDE, PhoneGap XDK, GameDev XDK, jqMobi and jqUI mobile development frameworks, directCanvas HTML5 acceleration, appStarter and appSnap app creation tools, OpenBuild and chromeBuild hybrid app packagers, debugMobi and testAnywhere on-device debugging tools, Mobius enhanced web browser, Windows 8/Windows Phone 8 app templates, appLab test containers for iOS and Android, and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Twitter authentication and connection libraries," the letter states.

"For app developers, our relationship with Intel means an exponential increase in resources and R&D going into the tools that support cross platform development with HTML5," the appMobi letter adds. "Migration of existing appMobi developer accounts and apps to Intel is seamless, following a one-time re-registration the first time a developer logs in."

AppMobi said it will pivot to a "'pure play' cloud services company" focused on addressing consumer engagement and monetization via in-app purchasing, on-device updates, push messaging, analytics services and social gamification.

Last year, Intel's AppUp developer program launched HTML5 Playground, a beta tool including a Web-based HTML5 code editor, a library of sample code and snippets and integration with more than 100 social networks. Developers may also sell HTML5-based applications via Intel's AppUp Center storefront.

For more:
- read this TechCrunch article
- read this ReadWriteWeb article

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