Motorola Solutions offers the new RhoElements HTML5 framework for creating apps for Windows Embedded devices and Windows CE.
has announced a new developer
framework for creating HTML5 applications for Windows Embedded Handheld and
Windows CE devices.
Motorola Solutions' RhoElements
is a Web-based application framework designed to allow businesses to quickly
and cost-effectively develop and deploy Web-based applications on existing
Motorola Windows Embedded Handheld (formerly known as Windows Mobile) and
Windows Embedded Compact (Win-CE) mobile computers as well as Motorola's
recently announced ET1 Android-based enterprise tablet.
Motorola RhoElements is the first of
several product releases targeted at developers within Motorola's customer base
ecosystem. Leveraging Motorola's
PocketBrowser product, a framework for Web-based line-of-business applications,
RhoElements provides a new way to develop applications on existing
Windows-based industrial mobile computers and offers a bridge for seamless
application support on future mobile computing devices and operating systems.
"Motorola's PartnerEmpower channel
partners and customers are increasingly challenged by the need to develop,
maintain and manage enterprise applications with compelling user experiences
across multiple operating system and device platforms," said Suhas Uliyar,
chief solutions architect for mobile computing at Motorola Solutions. "With the
introduction of RhoElements, the acquisition of Rhomobile and our overall
developer tools strategy, Motorola Solutions is helping to position the
enterprise mobile computing industry for the future by reducing the impact of
operating system disruption and easing the pain of migration from legacy
solutions to the next generation of devices and applications in the market."
Motorola acquired Rhomobile on July 29,
2011, and the company expects to announce additional cross-platform application
development tools, enterprise integration components and cloud-based services
for channel partners and customers leveraging Rhomobile's product suite in the
coming months, company officials said.
RhoElements provides a modern HTML5,
applications, enabling users to transition from terminal emulation solutions or
legacy browser-based applications to more powerful and user-friendly Web-based
applications. It also enables developers to offer enterprise users applications
with a consumer-style look and feel with consistency across device type, screen
size and operating system, the company said.
"Stratix views the use of HTML5 as the
next generation for providing truly cross-platform mobile applications," said
Chris Koterski, vice president of mobile solutions at Stratix, in a statement.
"Today our award-winning Stratix Mobile Applications deliver modern
consumer-style user interfaces, leveraging the latest in HTML5 technologies for
iOS and Android-based smartphones and tablets. We are excited to see that
Motorola Solutions is truly showing market leadership by delivering the
industry's first HTML5-based Webkit engine to Windows Mobile and Windows CE for
its enterprise class devices, which not only enable rich user interfaces but
also integrate with critical device-level capabilities that are core to our
Moreover, with support for HTML5
features such as application caching and Web storage, developers can optimize
network utilization and enable continuous operation when users temporarily lose
connectivity. And RhoElements exposes Web developers to device-level
application programming interfaces (APIs) to take advantage of the
enterprise-rich features found in Motorola enterprise mobile computers. The
first version of RhoElements will provide support for the Motorola enterprise tablet (ET1)
Android operating system and Motorola mobile devices running Windows Embedded
Handheld 6.5, Windows Embedded CE 5 and 6, and Windows Embedded Compact 7.
RhoElements 1.0 is available for download
"One of the major challenges
independent software vendors [ISVs] face developing mobile applications today
is identifying the right tools to develop an application once and deploy on
many platforms," said Steve Reynolds, CEO of TBS Enterprise Mobility, in a
statement. "With RhoElements, ISVs are finally empowered to create rich,
sophisticated and visually pleasing enterprise-class applications that can now
access the full potential of the device, such as the camera and barcode
readers, which can then be deployed on to multiple mobile operating systems."