Looking to craft a new Android app in the near future? Then you might be interested to know that Google’s official Android SDK isn’t alone. ARM has also launched its new developer toolkit, called Development Studio 5 Community Edition.
The Community Edition is a stripped-down version of the full Development Studio 5 software, which is geared more towards large development studios and hardware manufacturers. While the normal version requires cash, DS-5 CE is available for free. DS-5 CE provides integration with the existing Android NDK/SDK, a native graphics debugger, and better control of ARM processors and their specific features.
ARM claims that the toolkit will allow developers to create applications that run faster than standard Java apps. Up to four times faster – if you believe ARM’s claimed performance improvements. Such dramatic improvements are possible because DS-5 CE focuses on debugging and optimizing C/C++ code, which is often quicker and less memory intensive than Java.
Interested developers can download the software straight from ARM’s website, which also provides some basic information about how to start using the kit. According to the website, you’ll only need to consider the full version of DS-5 if you’re running a business that has more than ten employees.