Android Toolkit for Developers Released by ARM

Mobile and tablet chip maker ARM has dished out a new free Android toolkit that would let developers optimise their existing code to run on ARM processors.

The company dished out the ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Community Edition meant for the Android application development community in order to help them create native software for ARM chip designs, capable of running up to 4 times faster than Java.

Essentially, the toolkit, which has limited functionality as compared to the commercial version, allows developers to make, debug, optimise and analyse Android applications for devices based on ARM's chip design.

The toolkit would allow developers to achieve greater performance and energy efficiency, which is synonymous with ARM chip design, the company said.

"With over half a million apps on the Android market today, developers need to deliver an outstanding user experience to succeed commercially," said John Cornish, executive vice president and general manager, system design division, ARM reports the Inquirer.

"ARM DS-5 Community Edition offers developers an easy to use environment for debugging and optimizing C/C++ code. This allows them to take full advantage of ARM processor technology using native code to deliver the performance and functionality that consumers demand", he added.