Introduction of Titanium
In February 2013, Business Insider estimated that 10% of all smartphones worldwide ran Titanium-built apps. As of 2017, Titanium had amassed over 950,000 developer registrations.
In January 2016, Appcelerator was acquired by Axway, a global software company with more than 11,000 public- and private-sector customers in 100 countries. Since then, the Indie plans have been made free again, including native API access with Hyperloop.
The core component of Titanium is the Apache-licensed software development kit, Titanium SDK. Appcelerator also makes Alloy, an Apache-licensed, Titanium-based model-view-controller framework, and Appcelerator Studio a proprietary integrated development environment starting for free.
- MVC-based framework Alloy
- Transparent access to native functionality covered by Hyperloop and native modules.
- A cross-platform API for accessing native UI components such as navigation bars, menus, and dialog boxes and native device functionality including the file system, network, geolocation, accelerometer, and maps.
- Use of hardware-specific features, such as the Android menu button
- Participate in the platform ecosystem, for example using platform-appropriate notification mechanisms
Why Select Titanium
Appcelerator is a company that never stopped growing since the beginning of their adventure. They are quite massive now and the SDK they provide is way more stable now that it used to be in 2011 when I first started to have a look to this technology.
Basically Appcelerator provides the SDK + a framework called Titanium, then there is a quite powerful MVC framework you can (need) to use on top of this called Alloy. They also provide the IDE, if you need, called Appcelerator Studio now. You can develop without using the IDE and install the SDK + Frameworks using npm as they’re all node modules in reality.