NativeScript, a Telerik technology for building multiplatform native mobile apps from a single code base, is set to go to a 1.0 release in late April. Telerik is launching a beta program this week for the open source NativeScript.
NativeScript also handles the cross-platform native UI, providing a markup language that gets parsed in to platform-specific UI widgets when an application is built. "For example, when a developer adds a button to an app, NativeScript will automatically use the appropriate native button UI control from iOS, Android, and Windows."
"The big distinction between a NativeScript app and a hybrid app [such as PhoneGap or Sencha] is that NativeScript does not rely on the browser/Web UI layer to render the app. It renders a native UI, independent of the browser. ... That browser/Web UI layer that is usually the performance bottleneck in mobile apps that want to have buttery smooth animations and scrolling."
Telerik, which announced NativeScript last June, hopes to monetize NativeScript by offering premium UI tools and platform tooling.