Motorola Launches RhoElements, an HTML5 Framework For Building Mobile Apps For Enterprise

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Motorola is today announcing the launch of RhoElements, a Web-based application framework made possible through its acquisition of the cross-platform mobile app development platform Rhomobile. Motorola acquired Rhomobile on July 29, 2011.

Motorola says it plans to announce additional cross-platform development tools, enterprise integration components and cloud-based services for its channel partners and customers in the months ahead.

RhoElements provides an HTML5/JavaScript/CSS application framework with support for HTML5 features like app caching, Web storage, and the ability to optimize network utilization and enable continuous operation when a loss of connection occurs.

The framework is the first product to emerge from the acquisition of Rhomobile earlier this year. This particular toolkit is specifically targeted towards those developers working in the enterprise and in Motorola’s “PartnerEmpower” ecosystem.

With RhoElements, businesses will be able to develop and deploy Web-based applications on existing Motorola Windows Embedded Handheld (formerly Windows Mobile) and Windows Embedded Compact (Win-CE) devices. It will also work with the newly announced Motorola ET1 Android-based enterprise tablet.

The ET1 is a 7-inch, 1.4-pound ruggedized tablet running Android 2.3, which offers a 1GHz dual-core processor, 8 GB of internal storage (expandable to 32 GB via microSD), a Gorilla Glass screen with a 1024 x 600 resolution, 8-megapixel back camera and front-facing camera, plus an optional Bluetooth-connected barcode scanner and mag stripe reader, hot-swappable batteries, and secure system software.

The tablet will be under $1,000 when it launches in the fourth quarter of this year.

RhoElements, meanwhile, is now available to download from here.