Intel XDK Sept 2014 release update brings new features and optimizations

Intel XDK provides a simplified workflow to enable developers to easily design, debug, build, and deploy HTML5 web and hybrid apps across multiple app stores, and form factor devices. Here are the new features and updates for the latest Intel XDK release.

Published Date
03 - Sep - 2014
| Last Updated
27 - Oct - 2014
 
Intel XDK Sept 2014 release update brings new features and optimi...

Intel XDK provides a simplified workflow to enable developers to easily design, debug, build, and deploy HTML5 web and hybrid apps across multiple app stores, and form factor devices. Here are the new features and updates for the latest Intel XDK release.

Live Development improvement:   We changed the functionality for “live development” in the Develop tab for better simultaneous editing and previewing within browsers or on-device.   “Run My App” (formerly “Live  On-device Preview”) now lets you test your app on the emulator in a separate window, or on your Android* device over USB.  This option lets you test the complete app, including native device functionality.  “Live Layout” (formerly Live Preview) now lets you test the UI of your app over Wi-Fi on both Android and iOS devices, or on Chrome* or Firefox* browsers within the XDK.  Both of these options will offer near real-time viewing/testing your app as edits are made.

App Security API:  A first release of new APIs to aid in security for on-device app data and storage.   It offers Security Services for HTML5 developers via a JavaScript API and middleware (in the form of a Cordova plugin).   It delivers on-device Secure Data (for data-in-use) and Secure Storage (for data-at-rest).    The middleware protects the confidentiality and integrity of storage elements and data access.  Secure Data and Storage are the foundation for future enhancements and extension in domains like Transport, Identity, Input and Output.

For more information, refer to this link- App Security APIs documentation

Updated App Preview, on-device testing apps, to use the same Cordova 3.x runtimes as in the apps.   We also have submitted new “App Preview Legacy” on-device testing apps to the app stores to allow those users still using the original non-Cordova-based containers/runtime to continue app testing while you migrate to Cordova.  We have deprecated the “legacy” containers in favor of Cordova and this will let you take some time to complete the migration.

Improvements to the UI for Cordova plugins, adding a “Featured Plugins” list for plugins that are better integrated into the XDK and tested with the XDK.  There are only two in that list right now:  the App Security APIs mentioned above, and a new plugin from our friends at Dolby Audio* that provides for some amazing audio quality for certain mobile devices.  Here is a link to Dolby Audio API Information.

Updated UI for Services:  rather than keeping the services integration in a separate tab, we pulled the services into the side panel in the Develop tab so it is available while editing or using App Designer

And of course, many bug-fixes.  Here is the link to the updated Release Notes for more info on all changes.

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