Today at its Software Conference in Paris Intel presented its HTML5 development tools.
There is an intriguing comment here:
The XDK is fully compatible with the PhoneGap HTML5 cross platform development project, providing many features that are missing from the open source project.
PhoneGap is Adobe’s commercial variant of Cordova. It looks as if Intel is doing its own implementation of features which are in PhoneGap but not Cordova, which might not please Adobe. Apparently code that Intel adds will be fed back into Cordova in due course.
There are also developer tools which run as an extension to Google Chrome, and a cloud-based build service which targets the following platforms:
- Apple App Store
- Google Play
- Nook Store
- Amazon Appstore for Android
- Windows 8 Store
- Windows Phone 8
And web applications:
- Intel AppUp
- Chrome Store
The build service lets you compile and deploy for these platforms without requiring a local install of the various mobile SDKs. It is free and according to Intel’s Thomas Zipplies there are no plans to charge in future. The build service is Intel’s own, and not related to Adobe’s PhoneGap Build, other than the fact that both share common source in Cordova. This also is unlikely to please Adobe.
You can start a new app in the browser, using a wizard.
Given that the XDK supports Windows 8 modern apps and Windows Phone 8, this is also a route to porting from iOS to those platforms.
Why is Intel doing this, especially on a non-commercial basis? According to Zipplies, it is a reaction to “walled garden” development platforms, which while not specified must include Apple iOS and to some extent Google Android.
Note that both iOS and almost all Android devices run on ARM, so another way of looking at this is that Intel would rather have developers work on cross-platform apps than have them develop exclusively for ARM devices.
Zipplies also says that Intel can optimise the libraries in the XDK to improve performance on its processors.
You can access the HTML5 development tools here.