Intel and iLabAfrica Train Developers on Optimizing Android on Intel Architecture
- Created on 10 June 2013
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The Intel App Lab Workshop was held in Strathmore University on from the 7th to the 8th of June 2013. The workshop aimed at training Android developers on how to optimize Android applications on the Intel Architecture.
The two days’ workshop was facilitated by @iLabAfrica in collaboration with Intel. It targeted the developer community in Kenya and was free to attend. Over 60 developers attended the training where they learned how to set up the environment to develop Android for Intel as well as deploying and packaging Android Apps on the Intel Architecture. One of the main advantages of developing Android on the Intel architecture is that you can write more efficient code and produce applications that run faster without hanging or crashing on the Android device. This is made possible by writing code in native C or C++ which compiles faster than Java. Developers were taught how to combine native code with Android to develop better Android Apps.
There will be another Intel App Lab workshop from the 14th to 15th of June this year. The workshop will help build capacity for developing Android Apps for Intel architecture, as the tech giant positions itself to grab a share of the mobile market in Africa. Intel in Collaboration with Safaricom launched the first ever Android smartphone to run on the Intel Atom processor Z2420 in Africa. The budget smartphone by the name Yolo packs some powerful features such as the Android version 4.0 and Intel Atom processor Z2420 and a five megapixel camera. Developers will have access to these smartphones for testing throughout the training.
By attending the training, developers stand a chance to win cool Intel inside tablets. In order to win, developers must register at the Intel Developer Zone here. Once registered, participants can work in groups of a maximum of two people per group to develop an app for the competition. Winning will be based on the quality of the app, and number of downloads on the Google Play app store. Developers whose apps get the most downloads will be awarded.
For the developers that attended the first Intel App Lab, the deadline for submitting apps is 15th June 2013. The following are required for submission:
- Power Point presentation explaining the application
- Source code
You can download the workshop documents, installations and setups from here
Register for the next Intel App Lab here.