SAN FRANCISCO--MIPS Technologies Inc. has welcomed Google Inc.’s release of a native development kit (NDK) for Android which supports the MIPS architecture, allowing developers to code for MIPS-based Android devices.
Over the past year, MIPS has been pushing hard to break into the Android space, with its customers using the Android platform for a plethora of cheaper CE devices, like the $99 tablets featured at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
With Release 8 of the Android NDK now available directly from Google, the firm says Android apps can be much more easily ported to MIPS-based devices, without having to compromise on performance.
The NDK also includes all the required tools, system headers, libraries and debugging support for MIPS.
Gideon Intrater, vice president of marketing at MIPS said the release proved Google’s neutrality with respect to processor architectures, noting that the firm was “excited” by the prospect that Android developers could now “quickly and easily develop high-performance games and apps for MIPS-based smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes and DTVs.”
Developers who want to try out the NDK themselves can do so by downloading it on Google's Android Developers website