Not Just for Tegra Devices
We based AndroidWorks on our Tegra Android Developer Pack. But it’s not just for Tegra-powered devices. It’s a professional-grade tool designed to provide the best development platform for all Android devices.
AndroidWorks reduces the complex process of configuring an Android development system down to a single click. It also integrates with Microsoft Visual Studio through Nsight Tegra, Visual Studio edition. So game developers can work in their favorite environment.
NVIDIA’s tool advancements are refining Android to a level matching game console development. – Niklas Smedberg, senior graphics programmer at Epic Games.
Our aim: To unshackle developers from the constraints of the Android software development kit — and unleash the power found in Android devices.
AndroidWorks saves developers time by providing a reliable source for debugging their applications. For a list of devices that we’ve already tested, and a run-down on more AndroidWorks features, check out our developer page. To learn more and get involved, sign up here.
We’ll provide frequent updates to AndroidWorks to ensure developers have the most robust and stable development environment.
That means developers will get to spend time doing what they love to do. And what we all want them to do: create a new world of awesome Android games, apps and experiences.
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AndroidWorks has a simple aim, to make the experience of developing games on the Android platform easier and faster. It includes a number of libraries for developers to use, along with sample code, so that developers can get started quickly. It also includes profiling performance and debugging tools.
AndroidWorks is based on NVIDIA's existing Tegra Android Developer Pack, but it is not limited to NVIDIA or Tegra devices. NVIDIA has tested AndroidWorks programs on a number of devices, including the x86 based ASUS Memopad and Google Nexus Player and other ARM based devices like the Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Tab S.
With their market dominance in the PC graphics scene Nvidia do not really need to gain any more market share, so the company has been looking towards Android and mobile products as a new market to cater too. Nvidia want to push graphics and gaming further on Android in order to give their products a market to cater too, as right now the Tegra K1 and X1 are very overkill for most android gaming applications.
With the launch of the Nvidia Shield TV, Nvidia is obviously trying to create and Android console and create an ecosystem where Android can actually compete with the mainstream consoles like the PS4 and the Xbox One.
Whether or not Nvidia will be successful in this new market remains to be seen, but it would be great to see Android as a viable gaming platform in the future.
You can join the discussion on Nvidia's AndroidWorks on the OC3D Forums.