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Some Android Apps "Prefer" Native

Processor specialist MIPS Technologies has announced that MIPS-based Android devices are now supported by the latest official release of the Android Native Development Kit (NDK).

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Used in home entertainment, networking, mobile, and embedded applications, the release 8 of the Android NDK means that natively developed Android applications can be deployed to MIPS devices including tablet PCs.

The company points out that while Android applications generally enjoy "completely portability" across MIPS devices, some applications will still benefit from native code for performance reasons.

Application developers who choose to use native code can generate that code for execution on MIPS-Based Android devices simply by using this official Android NDK. The Android NDK Release 8 includes the required tools, system headers, libraries, and debugging support for MIPS.

"This NDK release brings native MIPS support directly to Android application developers — yet another way in which Android continues to demonstrate its neutrality with respect to processor architectures. We are excited that Android developers can now quickly and easily develop high-performance games and apps for MIPS-based smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes, and DTVs. This is a major step forward in the development of the MIPS mobile ecosystem," said Gideon Intrater, vice president of marketing, MIPS Technologies.

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