Novell announced today the availability of Mono for Android, a tool for developing Microsoft .NET apps for the Android platform using Microsoft Visual Studio.
Novell is enabling Microsoft .NET and C# developers using Visual Studio and other environments to use a common code base to create applications for mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, Apple iPad, Apple iPhone and Apple iPod Touch.
Mono for Android consists of the core Mono runtime, bindings for native Android APIs, a Visual Studio 2010 plugin to develop Android applications, and a software development kit that contains all the tools needed to build, debug and deploy applications. Developers trained in Microsoft Visual Studio can stay within their preferred IDE, while using their existing skills and .NET code, libraries and tools, as well as C# programming knowledge, to create mobile applications for Android-based devices.
“Since the introduction of MonoTouch in 2009, developers have experienced how Mono streamlines mobile application development,” said Miguel de Icaza, Mono project founder and vice president of Developer Platforms at Novell.
“As a result, many asked us to build a similar tool for Android. We developed Mono for Android to give both individual developers and businesses a way of sharing their code across multiple mobile platforms.”