Realm Unveils Freemium Mobile DB, Image Recognition via IBM
Realm Scanner is a new open source mobile demo application built together with the IBM Cloud and Mobile team that uses Watson image recognition.Realm, whose mobile database helps power most of the world's most-used smartphone applications, on Dec. 12 released a freemium version of its Realm Mobile Platform for the benefit of mobile app developers. Realm Mobile Platform Professional Edition includes an unusually number of high-end features in a freely available toolset for mobile development teams. These include real-time data synchronization, event handling and business-level support SLAs (response within one business day), plus critical patches and upgrades. "From the Realm perspective, the two pieces of news that matter to the market are first, in Professional Edition, we can bring some of the more powerful features of Realm Mobile Platform to a broader audience, which is free and available to anybody," Realm Chief Marketing Officer Paul Kopacki told eWEEK. "Second, we have the Enterprise Edition, which is aimed at the largest use cases. "Professional Edition creates that middle of the market space, where we can reach a bunch more developers and give them these key features, like two-way sync and event handling, so they can build cool apps--like the thing [Watson] that IBM built."
With this release, Realm is providing professional development teams at small and mid-sized companies with a breakthrough new approach for building responsive and high-quality applications that were previously only possible for companies with large development teams and huge budgets, Kopacki said.