Sort of a new rad?
The demo clips on youtube will show you something.
The glimpse from the demo makes it look that this service would help new developers, and maybe some non-developers that would like to get into it a bit, to get started quickly. It could be a bit of a stretch for a non-developer who is currently doing presentations in powerpoint. Maybe someone currently using access or excel would be familiar enough with data sources to just be off and running from the start.
The vids show a development interface that appears to include many familiar tools and interfaces from different app building platforms that may be intuitive to anyone already using xcode and/or the android SDK (or the old visual studio for that matter). Tied to what looks like an almost one-click publishing tool and with the licensing is all done up front, distribution might be tidied up some too for someone starting out.
For someone already in the mobile app stores, this part of the terms quoted below might be a bit of a bump. The intent is clearly to limit the service's claim of ownership of published applications to within the area of providing the service itself, but I'm not sure how that would be effectively limited with this wording?
"By submitting, posting or displaying the Application on or through the Service you give MobileNation a worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, perform, display and distribute the Application for the sole purpose of enabling MobileNation to provide you with the Service, including storing the Application on its servers."
Pricing was yet to come according to the site. I'll be interested to see how that is set when it's released.
Nice to see something more happening with HTML5 on mobile.