Sencha’s Senior Director of Product Management, Aditya Bansod tells us that developers can expect a huge performance increase for Android devices in particular when Sencha Touch 2 is released. The ability to build iOS apps using web development tools may be especially interesting to developers who use PCs running Microsoft Windows because Sencha developer tools run on Windows as well a Mac OS X, it means that Windows-based developers can build mobile apps for iOS without a Mac.
Sencha.io consists of four services: Login, Data, Messages, Deployment. The Login service provides social authentication using Facebook Connect with support for Twitter and OAuth currently in development. The Data service provides a mechanism to share data between devices as well as between users. Sencha.io’s Messages service can queue the data either on the device or in the cloud if both parties are not online at a given time, which we can see being used in a multiplayer turn-based game. Finally, the Deployment component can provide a place to house and run applications. This can be found at developer.sencha.io. The Deployment piece gives experienced web developers the ability to deal with server-side applications without dealing with traditional server software development tools.
No pricing has been announced for Sencha.io. However, Bansod says that Sencha expects to use some kind of metered pricing model similar to services like Amazon Web Services or Microsof Azure.
Sencha currently has more than 80 employees and has gone through two major rounds of funding with a $14 million first round led by Sequoia Capital with participation by Radar Partners in mid-2010 and a $15 million second round led by Jafco Venture with participation from Sequoia Capital and Radar Partners in October of this year.