ARM launched its Android Solution Centre today, created as a resource for designers and developers of ARM technology-based products running on Android, the open-source platform from the Open handset Alliance. The community has the support of more than 35 ARM partners.
There has been increasing interest in developing for the Android platform. The Motorola Droid is the latest entrance into the smartphone-on-Android market and an explosion of Android phones and applications is expected.
However, developers find there isn’t the deep support infrastructure for Android that is customary with traditional software platforms and this is what ARM’s Android Solution Centre is designed to provide.
Android was written for the ARM architecture and Android 2.0 was launched on high-performance Cortex-A processor designs and has been tested extensively on major handset solutions.
“As we have seen through the recent launches of handsets such as Motorola’s Droid and Acer’s Liquid, the Android platform represents a fundamental change in the open source ecosystem,” said Kevin Smith, VP Segment Marketing, ARM.
“ARM is the leading processor architecture for Internet everywhere applications from mobile to the connected home and with that leadership, ARM is in a position to foster an innovative ecosystem to ensure that device manufacturers have the best development solutions at their disposal. The Solution Centre for Android serves as a one-stop guide to provide developers with the tools and information they need to create innovative devices with applications that satisfy consumers’ needs.”
“Consumer adoption of smartbooks, smartphones and other ‘always on’ connected devices is forecast to increase significantly in the next few years,” said Jeff, Orr, senior analyst at ABI Research. “Manufacturers of these devices need a support structure that enables them to develop cutting-edge devices quickly and affordably.”
In addition to the support of major OEMs, Silicon Partners and solution providers, the Solution Centre for Android comprises more than 35 members of the ARM Connected Community including: Acrodea, America Megatrends, Archos, Atelier, Beijing Farsight, CoWare, Datalight, Discretix Technologies, Embedded Artists AB, Enea, Haansoft, Incube Solutions, Ingenient Technologies, Intrinsyc Software, iWave Systems, Lauterbach, LSF Design, Mapusoft, Mentor Graphics, Mistrial Solution, Montavista, Movial, NECEL, Open Kernel Labs, Pathpartnertech, QSound, Symsource, SQLStar, Tata Elxsi, Texas Instruments, Thundersoft, Vayavya Labs, Viosoft, VirtualLogix, VisualOn, Wipro and Zii Labs.