CocoonJS In App Purchases are easier than ever in Kiwi JS

WE  apple-touch-icon-144-precomposed  KiwiJS

KiwiJS is a game development framework that uses JavaScript and HTML5. Ludei and the team behind it have been working to make it compatible with Canvas+ in CocoonJS. Their feedback has been invaluable and CocoonJS has improved much thanks to this collaboration, as we do with any other game engine out there.

 

Both platforms have been compatible for a while now but today we are pleased to announce that our friends over at Gamelab have just launched version 1.0 of their HTML5 game framework Kiwi.js and a much needed In-App purchasing Plugin for CocoonJS! What we found is that this new version of Kiwi is easy for developers to use, comes with a ton of documentation, runs fast and offers a lot of useful features. The In-App Purchasing Plugin (which comes with an example store fashioned off the Kingdom Rush store) allows users to sell their consumable game items to players and to create virtual currencies within their game. Also available for purchase is a Cartoon Particle Effects Pack that promises to make your HTML5 games pop! 

 

Kiwi.js founder, Dan Milward, says that while the ‘indies’ are a well catered for community, his company has identified a need for professional services that provide a higher level of customer support to the industry as a whole. “What we want to see is the HTML5 space taken more seriously and used to create serious games. Our pro add-ons, customer support model and IP partners will all go towards helping make this happen.”

 

For more information head over to the kiwi website.

CocoonJS and Construct2’s “Great HTML5 Gaming Performance Test: 2014 edition”

Scirra, the company behind Construct2, a great HTML5 game authoring framework, released “The Great HTML5 Gaming Performance Test: 2014 edition” weeks ago. In this test, they used a Construct2 based game demo and executed it in numerous environments. Surprisingly (and we want to think that by mistake), they did not include CocoonJS’ Canvas+ in the comparison, but to help Scirra provide as much information as possible, and to be fair to the Construct2 developer community that has been actively using CocoonJS, we have used the same demo in almost all of the same devices (and some interesting additional one like an iPad1 with iOS 5!). These are the results:

Device Canvas+ canvas2d Canvas+ webgl Chrome34 webgl Firefox webgl Safari 7 canvas2d Ejecta webgl
Nexus 4 58 60  59 58 N/A N/A
Nexus 7 52 60 59 51 N/A N/A
SGS3 58 59 58 58 N/A N/A
iPad 2 53 55 N/A N/A 46 55
iPad 1 20 35 N/A N/A N/A N/A
iPhone 4S 32 51  N/A N/A 40 51
iPhone 5 60 60 N/A N/A 60 N/A
Kindle 44 58  N/A N/A N/A N/A

As you can see Canvas+ is really efficient for both 2d and webgl contexts in all of the devices that were tested (even on an iPad1!!!).

It is also important to remember that Chrome, Firefox and Safari are not technologies to create native apps for iOS or Android. If someone wants to run a game on a mobile browser, this list gives a good glimps of what to expect, but not all of the final users/players have these browsers and their latest versions installed (specially on Android) and most of these technologies won’t be an option to create native apps for existing mobile markets. Moreover, Safari has Nitro JIT so the comparison is also biased. Bottom line is that CocoonJS is still the only technology that allows webgl native app deployment for both iOS and Android using the same execution environment, with no fragmentation and with an easy one click final deployment.

The good news is that the new CocoonJS release 2.0.1 is soon to be out and with it anyone will be able test these results on his/her own easily by installing the CocoonJS Launcher App for iOS and/or Android. This new version of CocoonJS will execute any Construct2 project exported for the web out of the box, so this perf test will also work just by pointing to the following URL (either typing it or using the provided QRCode for your convenience):

http://www.scirra.com/demos/c2/sbperftest/

ScirraPerfTestURL

Happy perf-testing! 😉

WebGL on iOS 8 Safari and WebView!

The long wait has ended: we can confirm that webgl is present by default on iOS 8 (and MacOSX) both in Safari and the system webview. We have downloaded and installed iOS 8 beta on an iPad2 and thanks to the CocoonJS Launcher App, that offers access to both the System WebView and to Canvas+, we have been able to confirm that WebGL support is for both mobile Safari and the webview.

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The CocoonJS Launcher App using the iOS 8 WebView running a WebGL demo @38FPS.

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 The CocoonJS Launcher App on iOS 8 using Canvas+ running a WebGL demo @ 60FPS.

These are the results of WebGL support in both Safari and the system webview in iOS 8 on the same iPad2 (website: BrowserLeaks.com)

Safari WebView
iOS 8 Safari WebGL support specs iOS 8 WebView WebGL support specs

CocoonJS has been actively supporting WebGL for more than a year now and developers are able to publish native apps/games with WebGL for both iOS 5.0+ and Android 2.3+ TODAY!. Download the CocoonJS Launcher App from iTunesGooglePlay or Amazon and check it out for yourself right now. No need to wait for iOS 8!

This move from Apple is definitively great news for the whole web based game and app development community (and the web in general).

All hail WebGL! 😉

Celebrating a full year of WebGL inside CocoonJS with ThreeJS running on iOS!

WebGL is spreading everywhere and to celebrate this and the fact that it’s been over a year that CocoonJS has provided support for it inside it’s Canvas+ technology for iOS and Android, we have recorded this video of some of the great ThreeJS demos and games running on iOS!

ThreeJS is the most well known and used open source WebGL engine and the de facto standard today to develop web 3D interactive experiences. At Ludei, we strongly believe that WebGL is the future of advanced computer graphics on the web and that is why we have been actively supporting any technology that pushes it forward during the last year. Type in (or use a QRCode) a URL to a WebGL demo and execute using the CocoonJS Launcher App either in Canvas+ or WebView+, both our HTML5 execution environments that support WebGL, and unleash WebGL on your device today!

Ludei GDC wrap-up

Last week the Ludei team was at the very exciting Game Developers Conference and we had a blast talking to developers about HTML5 and our awesome technology.

Although HTML5 hasn’t fully blown out yet, we saw a lot of excitement and hope for HTML5 amongst all game developers (flash, iOS, and Android).

We talked to various kinds of developers that wanted to make the transition to HTML5 that were looking for a good solution in the present.

 

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We all sensed the rising opportunity for HTML5 and all the developers we’ve talked to were very interested in learning about CocoonJS.

Because our technology does not constrain developers to a SDK or library (thus no code changes), we believe that our technology is positioned to provide the right support in the present while being able to adapt to the inevitable changes of HTML5 in the future.

Thus far, we have gotten great feedback and even though GDC is over, we look forward to hearing from everybody!

Ludei on VentureBeat!

We are very happy to announce that our HTML5 technology,CocoonJS, has been featured onVentureBeat!

This is awesome news for us since VentureBeat is one of the most well known blogs that focuses on innovative companies and we are very honored!

We’re working hard to offer a world class leading technology for all HTML5 developers and you’ll be able to see it very soon.

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As you may have read, Ludei is launching CocoonJS, a new platform to turn the JavaScript HTML5 games into fast applications that take advantage of the graphics hardware in mobile devices.  We’re about to publish CocoonJS launcher that allows you to test your HTML5 canvas game running in an Android or iPhone device.

Hope you’ll like it!  😉