Intel launches a beta version of the Intel Atom Developer Program Software Development Kit for the Microsoft Windows and Linux-based Moblin operating systems.
Intel announced Dec. 2 that has launched a beta version of its Intel Atom
Developer Program Software Development Kit for the Microsoft Windows and
Linux-based Moblin operating systems.
The SDK helps developers create and submit applications for Intel-based
netbooks to sell in application stores that will open in 2010, and, "Developers
can download the kit and learn more at http://appdeveloper.intel.com,
Intel said in a news release.
Intel unveiled its Intel Atom Developer program at the Intel Developer Forum
in September. The program is designed as a way for ISVs and software developers
"to create innovative applications [and] components for netbooks. The
program provides tools, SDKs and community resources to develop new apps or
port existing apps to Atom-based devices, including netbooks, which are
forecasted to reach more than 50 million units sold by end of 2009," Intel
said. That figure is according to ABI
Scott Apeland, director of Intel's Developer Network, said the SDK includes
some key services such as an authorization API,
a crash reporting API, test and debugging capabilities,
packaging instructions, sample code and developer guidance.
"Consumer adoption of mobile computing and Atom-based netbooks is
growing rapidly, and there is an immediate opportunity for developers to
capitalize on the popularity of these small-form-factor, on-the-go
devices," said Renee James, corporate vice president and general manager
of Intel Software and Services Group. "We are excited about the innovation
and energy from developers around creating applications and unlocking new uses
for Atom platforms."
"You can write apps for the netbook and we can help you get them out in
front of customers through an app store," Apeland said.
He said the app store will be launched with the help of several Intel
partners and it will come pre-installed with netbook devices and will show applications
that are available.
"With the Beta SDK, developers can submit their applications for
validation and, once validated, begin to take advantage of the program's
revenue-generating opportunities in 2010. Intel is offering incentives for
developers to begin submitting applications by offering a chance to win big
prizes, including a smart car or vacation package," Intel said.
With availability for C and C++ developers on Windows and C developers on
Moblin, "The vision here is that developers will be able to write one app
and it will run on multiple devices-both Windows- and Moblin-based,"
Apeland said Intel expects that social media, education and entertainment on
the go will be the primary categories developers are likely to focus on as they
develop applications for the netbook platform. The larger screen and more
accessible keyboard make netbooks an ideal platform for applications in these three
categories, as compared with smartphones, he said.
Also, Apeland said he thinks that down the road the app stores will feature
support for additional devices, such as handhelds, Internet TVs and set-top