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04 October 2011, 10:15

Adobe buys PhoneGap creator Nitobi

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Nitobi, creator of the soon to be renamed PhoneGap mobile web framework for HTML5 applications, has been acquired by Adobe. The deal was announced at Adobe's MAX2011 conference and will give Adobe a new tool in the company's shift towards basing its future products on HTML5. PhoneGap allows developers to build mobile applications with HTML5, CSS and JavaScript and deploy them to iOS, Blackberry, Android, Windows Phone, Symbian and WebOS.

Late last week, Nitobi said it was planning to contribute the PhoneGap code base to the Apache Software Foundation. The acquisition does not change those plans: "Adobe has been fully supportive of our decision", said Nitobi's CTO, Dave Johnson. Nitobi has previously worked with Adobe; Dreamweaver CS5.5 included support for creating PhoneGap applications. As well as developing the PhoneGap framework, Nitobi has PhoneGap Build, a service which generates "app-store ready apps" for the six supported platforms for a monthly fee. Plans for that service were not disclosed.

Adobe says the Vancouver based Nitobi's employees are expected to join Adobe and the deal is expected to close by the end of October 2011, subject to conditions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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