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Enterprise mobile developers want to keep using their favorite tools and frameworks so Kinvey has a deal for them.

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Kinvey, one of a handful mobile platform providers still on its own, is upping its game when it comes to HTML5 development, adding new libraries for Backbone.js, Ember.js and Angular.js JavaScript frameworks in addition to enhancements to its PhoneGap and Appcelerator Titanium modules.

Previously, Boston-based Kinvey offered a basic JavaScript library, a native module for PhoneGap with some added features for client-side data encryption and online/offline data caching) and documentation to help developers connect web apps directly to Kinvey’s REST API.

Most enterprises delivering apps for mobile devices know that they have a native app development skills gap, said Kinvey CEO Sravish Sridhar, via email. “It is far quicker and cheaper for them to [keep using] their existing web technology skills to launch their mobile initiatives. At the same time, they want choice around the kinds of modern JavaScript web frameworks they can use, instead of being locked down by vendors that only support a few. “

He said Kinvey’s support of all these frameworks will let those enterprise developers keep using the tools they know best.

AnyPresence, Appcelerator and FeedHenry, also offer enterprise-focused mobile app development tools (the tortured term for them is Mobile Backend as a Service or MBaaS.) but there’s been consolidation in this market.  In February, PayPal bought Stackmob and incorporated that team into its mobile payments organization; Facebook acquired Parse a year ago. Meanwhile, industry giants  AmazonGoogle  and Microsoft are building out more of their own mobile capabilities. Google is also partnering with Kinvey.

 

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