Electric Cloud, a provider of software production management solutions, has announced enhanced support for Android development environments with the creation of new ElectricCommander plugins for the Gerrit and Git development tools, as well as support for automated testing on Android devices. The company also announced improvements to ElectricAccelerator designed to support fast Android software builds.
These enhancements automate and accelerate software production processes for both pure-Android and cross-platform device development.
ElectricCommander speeds the development cycle by coordinating the entire software production process and supporting multiple operating systems, devices, and versions with a single interface. The new ElectricCommander plugins are tailored specifically to handle the complexity of Android device software development. One of these plugins enables direct interaction with physical test devices using the Android Data Bridge (ADB) protocol and Fastboot technology. This allows ElectricCommander to flash images, push applications, and execute code directly on an Android device enabling fast, frequent testing while minimizing manual intervention.
ElectricCommander’s Gerrit plugin automates the Android code review workflow, speeding what is typically a manual review-test-approve process. Gerrit notifies a designated expert that a change is ready and these experts approve or decline that submission before continuing the rest of the release process. With the plugin, ElectricCommander can automatically build and test the submission and even act as a reviewer within Gerrit, automatically accepting or declining a submission based on the success or failure of the build and test cycle.