An MBaaS (mobile back end as a service) such as FeedHenry, Kinvey, or Parse is a kind of PaaS (platform as a service) for server-backed mobile applications. Kinvey bills itself as a complete mobile and Web app platform. It has extensive client support, integrates with the major enterprise databases, and offers a back-end data store, a file store, push notifications, mobile analytics, iBeacon support, and the ability to run custom code on the back end.
According to the company, Kinvey sells to IT as its primary customer because it provides an enterprise platform, not for one or two apps but for tens and hundreds of apps for an enterprise. However, it also engages and supports the developer community app by app. Thus pricing is available for individuals and independents, as well as for smaller businesses and large enterprises.
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Kinvey supports native, hybrid, and HTML5 apps. It has native toolkit support for iOS and Android. In addition, it supports HTML5, AngularJS, Backbone.js, Node.js, Apache Cordova/PhoneGap, and Appcelerator Titanium, and it provides a REST API. (PhoneGap is compatible with AngularJS 1.2.3 and later, and with all versions of Backbone.js.)
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