May 10, 2011, 10:42 AM

Rhomobile Delivers First Smartphone Framework to Support Windows Phone 7 and Near Field Communications

New RhoStudio IDE with Debugger Provides Fastest Development Cycle Time in Mobile

SAN JOSE, Calif.--Rhomobile, the leader in tools for enterprise smartphone applications, today announced the release of Rhodes 3.0, the leading and first native smartphone app framework. Rhodes now includes support for near field communications (NFC) chips as well as Windows Phone 7 and Windows CE support. Additionally, Rhodes 3.0 now includes RhoStudio, its own Integrated Development Environment (IDE) which provides integrated app generation, editing building, device emulation and debugging.

“The smartphone revolution is here and Rhodes 3.0 provides developers with the essential app developer framework for keeping ahead of the market trends”

Rhodes is now the first framework to provide support for Windows Phone 7 development. It provides a modern HTML5-based approach to creating native device-optimized WP7 apps, while still allowing instant portability to other phones. It is a great alternative to using Silverlight and XAML for WP7.

As the first framework that provides support for rapidly emerging near field communications (NFC) chips in smartphones, with Rhodes 3.0, developers can learn one API to develop and create apps that fully takes advantage of NFC’s capabilities across all smartphones. NFC chips will be included in array of upcoming mobile devices such as, Google’s Nexus S 4G, RIM’s Bold 9900 and 9930, and Nokia's upcoming W7 Windows Phone 7 device.

Finally as part of the 3.0 release, Rhodes now includes RhoStudio, an Eclipse-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) which provides app generation, editing, build and an integrated debugger and device emulator. Now developers can generate Rhodes applications, edit the Ruby and HTML code for the controllers and views, and build for any smartphone operating system. Most excitingly, Rhodes now provides a unique and industry-first integrated device emulators, which don’t require installation of any smartphone SDK something no other framework has done to date. The RhoStudio integrated debugger is something none of the imitator frameworks or even underlying smartphone SDK (e.g. iOS, Android) have. It actually lets you change code on the fly and see the effects immediately in the running app. This has never before been possible in mobile development, providing faster turnaround on mobile app development and testing than is possible with any other mobile development tool.

“The RhoStudio IDE is on par with what corporate customers have come to expect when developing enterprise applications. With its integrated debugging and no SDK install required run-time emulator, RhoStudio will make turnaround time for developing mobile apps much faster,” said Stephen Pillow, Development Director, Pariveda Solutions. “RhoStudio will help us get traditional enterprise IT engaged around the modern smartphone that had previously been intimidated by the difficulties and delays associated with mobile programming.”

Rhodes open-source Ruby-based framework enables developers to rapidly build native apps for all major smartphone operating systems (iPhone, Windows Mobile, RIM, Symbian and Android). These are true native device applications which work with synchronized local data and take advantage of device capabilities such as GPS, PIM contacts and calendar, camera, native mapping, push, barcode, signature capture, and Bluetooth.

“The smartphone revolution is here and Rhodes 3.0 provides developers with the essential app developer framework for keeping ahead of the market trends,” said Adam Blum, founder & CEO, Rhomobile. “We are the first solution to support Windows Phone 7 and NFC ensuring developers can support the next generation of smart devices today."

About Rhodes

Rhodes is an open source Ruby-based framework to rapidly build native apps for all major smartphone operating systems (iPhone, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone 7, RIM, Symbian and Android). These are true native device applications (NOT mobile web apps) which work with synchronized local data and take advantage of device capabilities such as GPS, PIM contacts and calendar, camera, native mapping, push, barcode, signature capture, and Bluetooth.

About Rhomobile

Rhomobile Inc. offers the most modern and powerful enterprise mobility suite on the market today. At the foundation of their complete mobility solution is Rhodes, the world’s leading open source framework for enterprise mobility. Founded in 2008, the company’s award winning software has thousands of active developers and is ideal for independent software vendors, system integrators and enterprises of all sizes. Rhomobile offers a comprehensive, modern, highly adaptable, and low cost solution for today's smartphone app developer. Rhomobile, headquartered in San Jose, CA, is a privately held company with backing from vSpring Capital. For more information, please visit www.Rhomobile.com.

Rhomobile and Rhodes are registered trademarks of Rhomobile, Inc. All other registered or unregistered trademarks are the sole property of their respective owners.

Contacts

for Rhomobile Inc.

Woody Mosqueda, 408-738-9140 x18

woody@lmgpr.com

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