Nearly six months after officially launching Azure Mobile Services, Microsoft has added Android support for its infrastructure-as-a service product for mobile app developers.
Azure Mobile Services connects developers' apps with Microsoft's Azure resources and services, offering to streamline the integration of app features like push notifications, authentication with Facebook, Twitter and Google authentication, and messaging. The service also offers Azure resources, such tables, queues and its "blob" storage — recently crowned the most reliable cloud storage service in the industry, according to one report.
The company tapped its Open Technologies Inc. unit to deliver Android support, which includes an Android SDK available on GitHub under an Apache 2.0 licence. The Android SDK will help developers enable push notifications via Google Cloud Messaging to Android 2.2+ devices as well as authenticate users.
The support for Android comes hand in hand with with the extended availability of Azure Mobile Services in the East Asia region, helping reduce latency for developers with Android users in the region.
Microsoft's corporate vice president Scott Guthrie yesterday also announced a slew of new capabilities enabled in Azure over the weekend, including availability monitoring for cloud services, websites, mobile services and VMs, which allows developers to test performance from different locations.