Because Android is also forward-compatible, he said Motorola Solutions developers would have no problem creating native apps. He said the big advantage of combining the Mx extensions and RhoMobile development tool capabilities is creating one app definition to support all devices, adjusting for enterprise users’ different needs.
Poremba hopes to attract as many developers as possible, explaining that Motorola Solutions doesn’t need to provide one specific Android SDK because of its cross-platform compatibility. The company will provide sample code for developers to start programming though, available on its website.
For now, Motorola Solutions is waiting to see whether Android’s forthcoming KitKat OS catches on and is of interest to its enterprise clients before pledging support, just in case Android moves quickly onto “Lollipop or Marshmallow or whatever comes next,” Issberner said.
RhoMobile 4.0 does, however, support iOS and Windows legacy products as well, with a commitment to support Windows Phone 8 in 2014.
“Motorola Solutions has brought together the industry’s broadest enterprise mobile-computing portfolio operating on the Jelly Bean version of the Android OS,” said Girish Rishi, Motorola Solutions senior vice president of enterprise solutions.
“With Mx, businesses can feel confident that these Android devices are secure, manageable and enterprise-ready. Developers can also leverage and develop standard Android applications or HTML5 cross-platform applications using RhoMobile Suite 4.0. Now, businesses have more choices and can better manage rapid changes in the market by using Motorola’s tools that deliver complete solutions in less time while protecting their mobile investments.”