As part of Intel?s ongoing effort to attract the Android ecosystem and enter the smartphone market, the company today released a new tool environment for developers of native Android applications.
Codenamed Beacon Mountain, it supports Intel Atom processor-based systems, including phones and tablets, that run Android Jellybean 4.2 and up.
Beacon Mountain is currently available for host development on Windows 7 and 8 systems, with support for OSX to be rolled out at a later date.
Beacon Mountain contains downloads of popular Android development tools such as Intel Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager, Intel Threading Building Blocks, Intel Graphics Performance Analyzers and Intel Integrated Performance Primitives. Third-party tools include Google Android SDK, Android NDK, Eclipse Integrated Development Environment and more. Beacon Mountain also supports Android development on ARM platforms.
It can be downloaded here
Intel's new CEO Brian Krzanich said on Thursday that under his leadership the top chipmaker will focus on the fast-growing smartphone and tablet market where it lags its rivals.
Last week, Intel unveiled an extensive overhaul of its Atom mobile processors that underpin its push into smartphones and tablets.
Intel's processors have been used in a handful of smartphones in Asia, Africa and Europe but the company has yet to release Long Term Evolution wireless technology already offered by its rival Qualcomm.