ARM releases Android development tools

Chip designer ARM has released the fifth version of its development studio.The ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Community Edition (CE) was released on Monday.

Chip designer ARM has released the fifth version of its development studio.

The ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Community Edition (CE) was released on Monday. The free software development kit allows developers to make, debug, optimise and analyse software for Android devices.

"ARM DS-5 Community Edition offers developers an easy to use environment for debugging and optimising C/C++ code," John Cornish, who leads ARM's system design division, said in a statement. "This allows them to take full advantage of ARM processor technology using native code to deliver the performance and functionality that consumers demand."

Code made on the DS-5 CE platform can run up to four times faster than equivalent Java code, ARM said in a statement.

The majority of the world's smartphones use RISC-architecture ARM-based processors. DS-5 CE comes with a performance analyser to help developers spot bottlenecks in their code. It allows Java and C/C++ code to be developed side-by-side in the same Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE).

DS-5 CE is available to download from ARM's website.