In our ongoing quest to improve Node.js for Mobile Apps (a.k.a Node.js Mobile), we have just completed a series of major improvements and made them available in the latest release. Of course, in delivering these improvements, we have paid close attention to the desires and feedback of our valued users, as always.
Previously, when we used V8 on Android and ChakraCore on iOS, some specific code cases behaved differently due to implementation differences between the two engines. Some APIs were available on one platform and not the other. These issues are now eliminated.
The use of V8 on iOS was made possible by the engine now supporting a JIT-less mode, since its 7.4 release.
Based on Node.js 12.16 LTS (Long-Term Support)
The latest release is based on Node.js 12.16 LTS (Long Term Support), and has all of the latest security fixes patched into the software. Node.js 12 is the active LTS version, until Node.js 14 enters LTS on Oct. 20, 2020.
The Node.js Mobile codebase is now rebased on the main Node.js repository instead of node-chakracore. This will make it easier to keep up to date with future LTS versions and security vulnerability fixes.
Built with V8 snapshots for Android
The challenge in building Node.js Mobile with snapshots was the cross-compiling of V8 and Node.js, while also having to build the snapshots to run on a different OS and CPU architecture.
With this recent release, Node.js Mobile is more powerful than ever. Check out the new changes, and we would love to know what you think!
Interested in exploring the possibilities of Node.js on mobile devices or Node.js application development? If so, contact our consulting services team to find out how we can help.