Pokki Takes App Model To The Desktop

San Diego-based SweetLabs, the firm formerly known as OpenCandy, is taking on the mobile app model, and applying it to the desktop. The firm said today that it has launched a beta of Pokki, a platform which lets web developers create desktop apps, using languages such as HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. According to SweetLabs, it is bringing the "app experience to the Desktop" with its software, which is launching with apps for Gmail, Facebook, LivingSocial, the Wall Street Journal, eBay, Groupon, and Twitter. Darrius Thompson, CEO and co-founder of SweetLabs, said the firm changed its name with the introduction of Pokki, to better encompass its expansion beyond the software suggestions and installation services that OpenCandy previously provided. Thompson was previously co-founder of DivX.