Telerik's Kendo UI Adds Support for Tablets, New Controls & Widgets for iPad
Tools provider Telerik is adding support for tablets in its new release of Kendo UI Complete. The updated suite of Web, DataViz and management tools for developers now also offers server-side wrappers for ASP.NET MVC, supporting development of HTML5 and Javascript mobile apps and sites.

Kendo UI is an HTML5, jQuery-based framework for building HTML apps. Todd Anglin, Telerik Vice President of HTML5 Web and Mobile Tools, said in a statement that the new release moves the product “beyond mobile phones to help developers create experiences with HTML5 that look native on the iPad and other tablets.”

Single UI Codebase

He added that the server-side wrappers will help developers to “quickly and cost-effectively” use HTML5 and Javascript to create and configure apps and mobile sites through server-side programming. The company said it plans to release a full collection of server-side helpers for different platforms, such as Java and PHP.

Telerik cites an ABI Research forecast that the installed base of mobile devices supporting HTML5 will boom from about 500 million units last year to over 2.1 billion by 2016.

Developers are increasingly using HTML5 tools and Javascript to create products that can run on a wide variety of devices and platforms. Telerik said that Kendo UI’s unified framework utilizes adaptive rendering so that an app’s look-and-feel can automatically adapt to the display and characteristics of “any smartphone or tablet device.”

Kendo UI Widgets

The new Kendo UI’s adaptive rendering, Telerik said, can “target multiple phone and tablet platforms with a single UI codebase,” without requiring developers to manually research and then combine “all of the plug-ins and frameworks and libraries needed to build mobile apps.”

Kendo UI’s widgets include ones for touch-enabled desktop development, desktop and mobile data visualization, and mobile app development. The new release offers a set of controls and widgets specifically for the leading tablet, Apple’s iPad, in order to streamline development of “native-like apps.”

Other Kendo UI enhancements in the new release include enhanced widgets and charts for the presentation of touch-sensitive visual information, Popover and Split View controls, Action Sheet and Modal view widgets, donut and bubble chart types, date axis support, more arrow types for the radial gauge and a combined DateTimePicker widget.

With offices in six countries, Telerik provides end-to-end solutions for app development, software testing, agile project management, reporting and content management.