In an exposition that was more reminiscent of early PC conferences than a developer event, the Android Developer Conference showed off numerous innovative products. For developers, tools on display offered new ways to monetize, test and monitor apps. Hardware makers were also on hand to offer help for designers working on-next generation devices and applications.
For instance, Appfour showed off AIDE, the Android IDE, during the show. This development environment runs on Android devices, and supports languages like C, C++ and Java.
On the show floor, many application-monitoring solutions were vying for developers’ attention. New Relic showed off its mobile-focused offerings, while Pulse.io showed off its low-overhead monitoring solution, which can run on an Android device without slowing down the application. Pulse.io also tracks unique metrics, such as delay between taps and results.
AppDynamics showed off its Real User Monitoring (RUM) capabilities in the application-monitoring space, while Crittercism offered a more performance-focused approach to application monitoring. Dynatrace also showed off user experience performance testing for mobile applications.
For applications that need testing, Intertek discussed its testing options with attendees. The company offers a worldwide network of testers for developers to use. Applause, formerly uTest, offers a much more crowdsourced option for developers with thousands of freelance testers on tap for real-world testing scenarios, such as testing applications on moving trains.
Qualcomm offered developers a host of boards and chips to play with at the show. The company’s next-generation Snapdragon 805 processor offers high-end capabilities that bring mobile devices on par with desktops. Qualcomm offers development kits for building with the 805 now.
For developers looking for even more power, the 8-core ARM chips on AppliedMicro’s APM883208-X1 X-Gene X-C1 Evaluation Kit includes everything you need to build with Android on your desktop. The board and chip can be expanded like a desktop PC, and even includes Ethernet, USB and PCI Express.