Famo.us public beta launch set for mid-April

Famo.us wants its JavaScript/HTML5 development technology, currently in limited private beta, to be a foundation for businesses

Famo.us, the HTML5/JavaScript framework that could potentially rival Adobe's PhoneGap mobile app development platform, is set to move to a widespread public beta availability stage on April 14.

Available only in a limited, private beta program so far, Famo.us is an open source technology for building high-performing JavaScript Web and mobile applications without requiring native code or plug-ins. During a presentation at the DeveloperWeek conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, David Fetterman, vice president of engineering at Famo.us, the company behind the technology, mentioned that the public beta release happens in 54 days.

The goal for Famo.us is development of rich interactive experiences, and only a few schools, companies, and developers have had access to it thus far. "We want people to build their businesses on it," Fetterman said.

Famo.us is intended to offer capabilities like infinite scrolling, in which text can be scrolled on a device without interruption, and it can leverage WebGL as well as GPU processing capabilities. The technology has featured four core JavaScript engines: a rendering engine, a physics engine to control motion, a gesture engine for touch, and a multiscreen engine.

To monetize the technology, Famo.us plans to launch an as-yet-unnamed wrapper service, which works the same way as PhoneGap, Jeanne Feldkamp, vice president of marketing at Famo.us, said. Apps could be built in Famo.us, wrapped, and submitted to an app store, with developers able to leverage native phone functionality like accelerometers, maps, and address books.

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