With Debut of Pokki Desktop Apps, OpenCandy Founders Create New Corporate Identity

San Diego’s OpenCandy has a new name today—SweetLabs. The change coincides with the beta launch of Pokki, a new platform the company has developed to provide desktop users with an “always on” experience more commonly found among apps for smartphones.

“We’re spoiled by having all these incredible apps on our mobile devices,” says Chester Ng, a SweetLabs co-founder and director of business development and sales. He says the desktop experience nowadays “seems prehistoric” (stone knives! Microsoft Office!) and “Pokki is all about bringing the app experience to the desktop.”

While SweetLabs is showcasing eight apps, including Google mail, eBay, Facebook, LivingSocial, The Wall Street Journal, and other popular Web-based services, the company’s primary focus appears to be making its Pokki software developers kit widely available to third-party software developers. The company says web developers using standard web languages such as HTML5, CSS, and Javascript can use the SDK to create new apps. The platform includes a built-in distribution channel through a “Pokki store,” which opens in a desktop window (see below).

The corporate name change came about partly because the Pokki application platform represents a new product category from OpenCandy, a Web-based network that provides a site for downloading open source software—and recommends related software that the user might want. The system and corporate namesake allows a software publisher to advertise its … Next Page »

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Bruce V. Bigelow was the editor of Xconomy San Diego from 2008 to 2018. Read more about his life and work here. Follow @bvbigelow

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