Intel Grabs appMobi; First Signs are Pretty Ugly

Intel Corp. has acquired the widely respected AppMobi platform for HTML5 Web app development, but its first public-facing foray into the field leaves a lot to be desired.

The cross-platform (aka “write once, deploy anywhere”) development tools are supposed to produce identical results across browsers. But Intel’s Web page for signing up for the new site shows up radically different in Firefox and Chrome. You can see the differences by clicking on the image thumbnails below.

In Firefox, the Intel AppMobi page is garbage.

In Firefox, the Intel AppMobi page is garbage.

In Chrome, the Intel AppMobi page displays and works correctly.

In Chrome, the Intel AppMobi page displays and works correctly.

 

 

 

 

Clearly, Intel doesn’t get it.

‘Nuff said.

2 comments for “Intel Grabs appMobi; First Signs are Pretty Ugly

  1. February 28, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Your point that Intel’s site breaks on Firefox on desktop is valid, but I’d just like to add that the thrust of the appMobi’s development tool set that Intel acquired is mobile app development, not desktop development. So a more appropriate thing to compare would be iOS vs. Android look and feel on a cross platform mobile app that was generated with the Intel XDK.

    disclaimer: I work for appMobi.

    • Dan Shafer
      February 28, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Roy,

      Thanks for reading my post and responding. I appreciate it.

      You are, of course, right about the positioning of the toolset. The comparison would have been more apt if I’d looked at the site on two mobile devices. My experience with mobile app development suggests that if it breaks on desktops, it almost always does so — perhaps in different ways — on mobile devices as well. But that doesn’t negate the accuracy and value of your observation.