Jasonette doesn't ship with any special animation. This can be added as an extension, but here's the reason why there is none that ships out of the box:
- You may see some clever animations and UI effects from other apps on the appstore but these are 90% faddish at best. For example, the "swipe to view options" UI was considered hip when the "Clear" todo list first came out and the "Mailbox" mail app implemented it, but nowadays after a lot of trial and error, it's considered a bad UX pattern because users have no idea that something is hidden behind and they need to swipe to reveal them. Jasonette actually had this "swipe to reveal context menu" feature but it's been deprecated because it just limits the API and doesn't provide much value to users. Same with animations. A lot of animation effects that were considered "cool" today will be out of fashion tomorrow.
- Also you have to remember implementing a feature on Jasonette doesn't just mean writing native code to implement them, but also coming up with a JSON markup that will map to those features. And considering how faddish these UI elements and animation effects are (i'm talking about 3rd party animations and UI libraries), it doesn't make sense to integrate these into Jasonette itself. Also it's pretty challenging to come up with a generic way to describe animations in JSON. That's why I think there's room for it in the extension space (sorry I keep bringing this up when the extension manager is not yet ready, but will get to it soon!)
- I believe animations--while they can be pleasant to look at--have 0 influence on whether an app will be successful or not. I know both from experience and research. There are very few apps that became wildly successful because they had a great animation effect. Also I can assure you no app failed because it didn't have animation effects.
- I believe what makes an app feel dead is its content, not animation. There are tons of high ranked and high quality apps with no special animations. If an app feels dead, that's probably because the content the app provides feels dead.
- Lastly, Jasonette core is dedicated to implementing native features that are cross-platform for both iOS and Android. Adding animations to the core will make things extremely complex and bloat up the framework.
I do think adding animation effects will be cool, but as an extension, which is why i'm trying to hurry back to finishing up Jason Extension Manager https://github.com/Jasonette/JEM but to be clear, animation is not the top priority in Jasonette roadmap at the moment. Hope this makes sense.