Review: combines mobile app builder with back-end services

The online mobile development platform crosses categories, but support for native apps and offline operation is lacking

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As we can see in Figure 1 below, the app builder generates HTML5, jQuery Mobile, and Apache Cordova code, and the build server generates iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and HTML5 apps. The MBaaS provides hosting, a MongoDB NoSQL database, push notifications, JavaScript server code, and a secure proxy. 

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