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Appcelerator offers one-stop iPhone/Android development tool

June 11, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka

Android News

Appcelerator offers one-stop iPhone/Android development tool

Want to know why Android doesn’t have as many games and apps available as the iPhone? Age and early adoption are the most obvious factors, but it’s also about the greatest motivator: money.

Several independent developers and small firms focus on iPhone development because they have limited resources. At the moment, it doesn’t make economic sense for them to stretch those resources for the smaller user base and sales figures of Android.

Appcelerator may help stem that tide and get more quality apps in the Android Market. Using the Appcelerator Titanium platform, developers can create an app that works across platforms. Rather than shunning Android because they don’t have the time or money needed to develop for multiple platforms, creators build apps within Titanium and have their work quickly translate across the board.

Similar to the Rhodes and PhoneGap development tools we’ve mentioned previously, Appcelerator uses HTML, JavaScript, and CSS to build native apps for Android and iPhone. Apps are created in one environment than can tap into each platform’s native interface and features.

Appcelerator says it built native iPhone apps within 48 hours using Titanium, a feat they believe illustrates how app makers can drastically cut development time. Interested parties can sign-up for the Titanium Mobile closed beta by visiting Appcelerator.com.