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Plugins automate, accelerate software production for pure-Android, cross-platform devices

Posted: 12 Aug 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:android device manufacturers? Android? Ubuntu Linux? software production management?

Software production management solutions provider Electric Cloud, now gives enhanced support for Android development environments with the release of their new ElectricCommander plugins for the Gerrit and Git development tools as well as support for automated testing on Android devices.

The company also offered enhancements of ElectricAccelerator made to support fast Android software builds. These automate and accelerate software production processes for both pure-Android and cross-platform device development.

Electric Cloud's ElectricCommander and ElectricAccelerator solutions optimized for Android development environments offers coordination of the entire software production process and supporting multiple operating systems, devices, and versions with a single interface. The new ElectricCommander plugins are designed specifically to address the complexity of Android device software development. An example of these plugins enables direct interaction with physical test devices using the Android Data Bridge (ADB) protocol and Fastboot technology. This then allows ElectricCommander to flash images, push applications, and execute code directly on an Android device enabling immediate and frequent testing while minimizing manual intervention.

Meanwhile, ElectricCommander's Gerrit plugin automates the Android code review workflow, accelerating what is typically a manual review-test-approve process. Gerrit notifies a designated expert that a change is ready; these experts then approve or decline that particular submission before continuing the rest of the release process. ElectricCommander also supports a plugin for the Git source control system which enables seamless preflight builds, testing and continuous integration.

To further streamline the release process, Electric Cloud's ElectricAccelerator cuts down the Android build cycle by five times or more via parallel processing and dependency management. The software ensures the complete technology stacknot just the Android kernelbuilds quickly and accurately.

ElectricAccelerator runs on multiple platforms, including the latest versions of Ubuntu Linux, a popular platform for Android development.

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