Intel has released a set of development tools aimed at making it easier for people to build apps for Android smartphones and other devices based on Intel or ARM designs.
The silicon chip-maker hopes the new toolset, codenamed Beacon Mountain, will help extend the number of apps that can run on Android smartphones that use Intel's chips inside. The company also said it would speed up development time by enabling compatibility with both Intel and ARM designs simultaneously, as well as providing tools to design, code and debug apps.
The Beacon Mountain tools, announced at the weekend, will only work initially on 64-bit versions of Windows 7 or Windows 8-based computers, but Intel aims to have them up and running on OS X machines by the end of June 2013.
Included in the installer package are Intel-specific tools such as the Intel Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager (Intel HAXM), Graphics Performance Analyzers System Analyzer, Integrated Performance Primitives, Threading Building Blocks and Intel software manager.
In order to appeal to as many developers as possible, Intel is also including a number of third-party developer tools such as the Google Android SDK (ADT Bundle), Android NDK, and Eclipse Integrated Development Environment, among others.
Currently, Beacon Mountain 0.5 is only compatible with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or later. Unlike some other developer environments, it automatically updates so users have the newest versions of tools and libraries.
Intel’s foray into smartphones has not been the most successful so far. While some manufacturers and operators have built devices using its chipset, such as the Motorola RAZRi or Orange San Diego, it has struggled to gain any real traction since. However, Huawei has said it plans to release smartphones that use the Intel Atom mobile processor.