AppGyver Launches Supersonic, A New Framework For Hybrid Apps

AppGyver Launches Supersonic, A New Framework For Hybrid Apps

AppGyver shortly made a reputation for itself during the last yr with the assistance of Steroids.js and Composer, its drag-and-drop device for constructing HTML5 apps. Right now, the corporate is saying its largest product launch but with the launch of Supersonic, its new framework for each constructing consumer interfaces and knowledge. It’s additionally launching a brand new and considerably quicker wrapper for Android and updating a lot of the Steroids tooling.

As AppGyver CEO and co-founder Marko Lehtimaki informed me earlier this week, Steroids gave builders the essential elements to construct primary native consumer interfaces, however Supersonic takes this a step additional and now permits builders to create full interfaces — and for probably the most half, they don’t even have to the touch JavaScript to take action. As an alternative, Supersonic makes use of net elements to increase the usual HTML syntax that will help you construct your app’s navigation, tabs and animations. You solely construct your interface as soon as after which AppGyver ensures that every little thing appears proper on each Android and iOS.

“We made it a lot simpler to construct the entire consumer interface and navigation,” Lehtimaki informed me. “First we offered UI parts and now we’re blurring the road between native and HTML.”

On the UI aspect, Supersonic is a fork of the open-supply Ionic framework.

Supersonic isn’t solely about constructing consumer interfaces, although. Lehtimaki careworn that the corporate additionally needed to make working with databases on the backend simpler.

“Usually, knowledge is all the time fairly difficult with cellular apps,” he famous. “We needed to make utilizing cloud providers a really pure and built-in a part of the event expertise.”

Supersonic provides builders a simple strategy to work together with backend databases. Out of the field, it helps the likes of Parse, Kimono and constructed.io — and the corporate now even offers its personal free database service for prototyping apps, too (after which you possibly can change over to your manufacturing backend with a couple of clicks). It’s also possible to use any REST API, so that you don’t have to fret about vendor lock-in (or at the very least not from AppGyver’s aspect).

Clearly, there’s some overlap between the previous Steroids and Supersonic, however going ahead, Steroids goes to be the identify for AppGyver’s tooling, and Supersonic would be the identify for the framework. That tooling, which incorporates providers for constructing, testing and distributing apps, historically concerned working with the command line, however now that the corporate’s product lineup continues to develop, it’s also launching an internet interface to make interacting with these options (and the brand new database service) a bit simpler.

With right now’s launch, AppGyver can also be releasing a brand new model of its native wrapper. As Lehtimaki admitted, the corporate beforehand principally targeted on iOS and solely then on Android. With this launch, it needs to make Android a primary-class citizen, although.

The Android wrapper is now a lot quicker — as much as 3x from the sooner model — thanks largely to the mixing of Intel’s Crosswalk undertaking. With this, AppGyver doesn’t should depend on the usual Android WebView, with all of its inconsistencies between totally different Android variations. Now builders don’t have to fret concerning the traditional Android fragmentation points anymore and all of their apps ought to work the identical throughout units and Android variations.