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Android Gets Some Serious Support for Consumer Devices

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ARM (s armh) and more than 35 other companies have banded together to create an alliance dubbed the Solution Center for Android, which is aimed at increasing the resources available for developers trying to build for the relatively young OS on top of ARM hardware. Android, an open-source, Linux-based OS pioneered by Google (s goog), is the underlying operating system in several popular smartphones such as those from HTC and the Motorola (S mot) Droid. However, as computer companies plan netbooks based on the ARM architecture (known as smartbooks), ARM and several other companies, including Texas Instruments (s txn) and Mentor Graphics, determined that the Android OS needed more infrastructure to support these more complicated consumer devices.

The Solution Center will serve as a go-to place for developers to get information on development tools, as well as resources and services optimized specifically for Android on the ARM platform. The end result should be better devices that are able to get to market quickly. And because ARM is so prevalent in other consumer gadgets scattered around the home, it’s possible that the alliance will help bring Android to more devices.

5 Responses to “Android Gets Some Serious Support for Consumer Devices”

  1. It’s great to see the hardware vendors supporting Android developers. Some of the initial problems around cross phone application portability have stemmed from heterogeneous and relatively young hardware stacks.

    By enabling dialogue with developers, hardware manufacturers can help simplify the implementation process and speed compatibility improvements that will be key for Android as the platform matures.

  2. I would love to see some more underlying support myself. As an iPhone developer, I am beginning to look at returning to the education space utilizing a CMS app building system we devised but find the Android side needing more work before it becomes usable for disparate content types.

    It looks as though I will have to stick to an Apple tablet profile and hope that it gets built before we are viable. I would love to see a web-like tablet that will scale down on costs for education — primary education. Even if it ran Air it would suit our purposes.