Couchbase unleashes the smartphone’s processing power

Given that it is free, no wonder there is so much mobile app developer interest

it's the synching that's the tricky bit - wiederhold

When you think about it an entry level ZTE Blade V handset for around ¬£72 has a quad-core processor running at 1.2 GHz. ¬†Compare that to your 3-year old desktop which has dual core 2.7 GHz processor and you realise just how much processing power is going spare inside your smartphone. Well, Couchbase has found a way of harnessing it by running an extremely powerful database on the smartphone itself. Plus it can process the kind of serious amounts of data users are now able to store inside their handsets, too. Offer that for free as Couchbase Lite and it is no wonder that developers and third parties are knocking on Couchbase’s door to get involved.

GoMo News just spent a very interesting hour chatting with Couchbase’s CEO, Bob Widerhold, who is very keen for his company to crack the mobile sector wide open.

And talking of open, the software is not only free but ‘Open’ too. Yet another reason for mobile app developers to want to get involved.

Curiously, getting a powerful database to inside a mobile phone isn’t the hard bit – Wiederhold revealed. It’s the sychronisation bit that’s difficult.

As any programmer can tell you – it’s fine running a process on a device without a Net connexion but at some stage you definitely want your database to communicate with ‘the cloud’.

Either to backup your data on remote servers or to draw down new data. Which is where Couchbase’s Sync Gateway comes in.

According to Wiederhold, this gateway gets the task down to a few lines of code which mobile app developers had been wasting serious manhours on unnecessarily.

Where’s the catch? Well, there isn’t one really. All of the bits are free (unless you want Couchbase to host your actual data, of course).

But once you’ve developed a serious product you’re going to want comprehensive technical support.

And that’s when you buy into Couchbase’s enteprise editions so that the company can afford to pay its engineers.

Don’t take our word for it. Third parties like this product so much they’ve all signed up to integrate the technology.

The list includes This Appcelerator Titanium, Adobe PhoneGap, Apache Cordova, Xamarin, and Sencha.

Impressive stuff, eh? And all without mentioning NoSQL once. Oops, failed at the last hurdle.

About Tony Dennis

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He's a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.
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