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Welcome to Titanium 2.0 – Mobile Cloud and HTML5

It’s an exciting time at Appcelerator. Since I joined the company last year, I’ve been building the Product Management organization from the ground up, diving into the various aspects of the platform, cloud services and Marketplace. Today I have the honor of announcing the general availability of Titanium 2.0, our most ambitious and complete update to the Titanium product since its launch. Below is a quick list of the improvements we’ve made and a deep dive on Appcelerator Cloud services (ACS)

Beyond a large number of bug fixes and UI improvements, with Ti 2.0 we have added:

  • Launch of Appcelerator Cloud Services (more detail below)
  • Titanium Studio:  Integration with ACS, better module management capabilities and a whole host of developer productivity features.
  • Mobile SDKs:  Major improvements to our Mobile Web SDK that leverages the HTML5 standard for deploying apps to mobile browsers.   In addition, major updates to parity across iOS and Android UI controls and behavior.
  • Analytics:  Performance improvements, improved user interface, and more granular geo filtering.
  • Marketplace & Enterprise Extensions:   Marketplace product listings continue to grow at a substantial rate, as does our catalog of enterprise-only extensions including a partnership and integration with SAP.

One of the biggest aspects of the 2.0 launch is the production launch of Appcelerator Cloud Services (ACS), which empowers apps publishers to add connected mobile features such as user authentication, push notifications, check-ins, and other social and location features to their apps easily.

A compelling mobile experience needs two things:

1) Killer application capabilities on the mobile client that leverage native functionality and device-specific UI (a la Titanium Studio and Mobile SDKs)  

2) Cloud-connected capabilities for app end-users that allow them to access app content across any device, and that allow them to engage with other app users and their location context (now provided via ACS) .

Delivering on those cloud-connected features has been a challenge for many app publishers.  In larger enterprises, it is difficult to get IT’s time and attention to support some of these mobile-unique features. Agencies and independent developers often have to outsource server-side development, also creating delays and cutting into profit margins.

There are a handful of small mobile cloud providers that focus mainly on infrastructure and a few basic app capabilities.  ACS, however, delivers 15 turnkey mobile app features (and more in development) that can be incorporated into an app with a few lines of code, all built on top of a highly scalable infrastructure.  No hassling with server infrastructure, monitoring, scaling, or writing code to get cloud-connected mobile app features that drive compelling application experiences and long-term user engagement

ACS is tightly integrated into Titanium 2.0, making cloud feature development as easy as Titanium makes client side development.  In addition to being available to apps built in Titanium, ACS can be used in any mobile app – including those created with Objective-C and Java or via web-based technologies and frameworks such as Phonegap & Sencha Touch to name a few.

ACS is a freemium model, and we are offering unlimited free ACS usage until June 1, 2012.

To get fully up-to-speed on Titanium 2.0, do one or all of the following:

Show us what you do with Titanium 2.0!  Send us links to your killer apps at

by Michael King

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