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Announcing two new export platforms

by Ashley | 30th, October 2012

As HTML5 matures, more and more platforms are coming to support the technology. This means we can announce upcoming support for two new recently-released platforms: Windows Phone 8, and Firefox Marketplace.

We recently announced support for building Windows 8 apps with Construct 2. Despite the name, this does not actually cover Windows Phone 8 - the technologies involved and the export process are slightly different. Therefore we will be adding support for exporting to Windows Phone 8 in time for the next stable release (within a few weeks). Unfortunately there will be a couple of limitations at first due to how the Windows Phone 8 platform works: audio is monophonic (meaning you can play music, but not sound effects). Also, the Windows 8 object won't work on Windows Phone 8 since it doesn't have support for its features in HTML5 apps. However this gives Construct 2 developers a way on to this emerging phone platform.

Additionally, Mozilla have been working on "Open Web Apps" - an open app store platform - throughout this year, and recently launched the Firefox Marketplace. As with Firefox OS, open web apps are based entirely on HTML5, which makes Construct 2 perfectly suited for it. We aim to add support in similar time (within a few weeks). As ever, new platforms present both opportunity and risk. But with Mozilla planning to launch their own mobile phone platform Firefox OS next year, this gives Construct 2 developers a way on to yet another emerging phone platform.

These two platforms add to the list of 7 platforms we already support, ranging from iOS to Facebook. We believe this is further evidence the future of apps is not rewriting time and time again for native apps - it's a single HTML5 engine that works everywhere.

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NotionGames 13.7k rep

great work guys! :D
The more plats the better :)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:09:48 PM
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Bigheti 15.8k rep

Interesting and good way to monetize, too, with this two platforms. Tks Scirra!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:11:38 PM
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rfisher 6,922 rep

Great News!!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:15:32 PM
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Armitage1982 3,344 rep

Another browser platform ?
Why not :)
We will see how HTML5 turns out for apps.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:16:02 PM
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Kyatric 84.3k rep

Thanks for the article Ashley.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:16:13 PM
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bon4ire 6,003 rep

Whoa interesting...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:20:48 PM
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Velojet 20.7k rep

Marvellous! Yes, of course, it's Windows Phone 8 support (not Windows 8) that I need for my Nokia Lumia 920 (and all the other Win8 phones coming to market), So a big THANKS, folks of Scirra, for keeping ahead of the curve on this (and so many other platforms as well) !
And your strategy of a targeting a single HTML5 engine that works everywhere is definitely the smart way to go, IMO.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:22:40 PM
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ebeliomartinez 2,542 rep

Gracias por este excelente programa!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:23:51 PM
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AVIX 5,399 rep

C2 will be
legen...

wait for it...

dary!

Hurray for Scirra team!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:24:23 PM
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EmpowerMe 8,671 rep

Thanks Ashley. I am so glad that I found Construct 2 when I did. My partners continue to be amazed at where we are headed with our development using Construct 2.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:24:50 PM
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tavitooo 5,063 rep

Nice, news!! thanks Ashley. I love Construct 2

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:25:58 PM
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kuramayoko10 2,284 rep

Way to go guys!
I am pretty excited about Construct :)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:27:58 PM
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aindovin 4,324 rep

This is great news! Congrats!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:28:10 PM
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Temoana 5,004 rep

Construct 2 is going in the right way every update... that's AWESOME !

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:36:34 PM
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EnglishAcorn 16.5k rep

Good news.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:37:13 PM

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