There are plenty of cross-platform mobile development tools on the market today, from companies such as Sencha, Xamarin, and Appcelerator. ReachLocal believes it has something new to bring to the party with its open source LigerMobile framework, unveiled this week.
"Traditionally, the hybrid mobile apps were really just a fancy Web app that tried to emulate native behavior on the devices," said ReachLocal's Joshua Tuberville, principal architect. All the device was doing was launching an HTML view and acting as a single-page application, he said. But this method is sluggish, does not feel native, and can run out of memory and then crash, Tuberville said. "We tried that approach and we hated it, especially when we were emulating transitions from one view to another."
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