Electric Cloud Optimizes Software Production for Android Device Manufacturers

By Electric Cloud, PRNE
Monday, August 9, 2010

New enhancements to ElectricCommander and ElectricAccelerator improve the software build-test-deploy process for teams developing Android devices

SUNNYVALE, California, August 10, 2010 - Electric Cloud(R), the leading provider of software production management
(SPM) solutions, today announced enhanced support for Android development
environments with the creation of new ElectricCommander plugins for the
Gerrit and Git development tools as well as support for automated testing on
Android devices. The company also announced improvements to
ElectricAccelerator designed to support fast Android software builds. These
enhancements automate and accelerate software production processes for both
pure-Android and cross-platform device development.

In order to stay competitive and leverage the features of the latest
technology, device manufacturers must be able to quickly integrate the latest
Android releases into their production workflow. Because many manufacturers
support more than one device platform and multiple build and test
environments, the software production process becomes quite complex.

"Tools for automating and streamlining development processes will be
essential to sustain the growth of Android devices," said Martin Van Ryswyk,
Vice President of Engineering for Electric Cloud. "Manufacturers looking to
harness the speed of open-source innovation and get their products to a
demanding enterprise market with a high degree of quality need effective
tools to integrate, accelerate and automate their development processes."

Electric Cloud's ElectricCommander and ElectricAccelerator solutions are
optimized for Android development environments, improving manufacturers'
ability to deliver devices on time and with high software quality.

ElectricCommander speeds the development cycle by coordinating the entire
software production process and supporting multiple operating systems,
devices, and versions with a single interface. The new ElectricCommander
plugins are tailored specifically to handle the complexity of Android device
software development. One of these plugins enables direct interaction with
physical test devices using the Android Data Bridge (ADB) protocol and
Fastboot technology. This allows ElectricCommander to flash images, push
applications, and execute code directly on an Android device enabling fast,
frequent testing while minimizing manual intervention.

ElectricCommander's Gerrit plugin automates the Android code review
workflow, speeding what is typically a manual review-test-approve process.
Gerrit notifies a designated expert that a change is ready and these experts
approve or decline that submission before continuing the rest of the release
process. With the plugin, ElectricCommander can automatically build and test
the submission and even act as a reviewer within Gerrit, automatically
accepting or declining a submission based on the success or failure of the
build and test cycle.

ElectricCommander also supports a plugin for the Git source control
system which enables seamless preflight builds, testing and Continuous
Integration. The Git plugin automatically extracts code from the repository,
builds using the latest changes in code, runs a specified series of tests and
returns results.

Further streamlining the release process, Electric Cloud's
ElectricAccelerator shortens the Android build cycle by five times or more
through parallel processing and dependency management. ElectricAccelerator
ensures the complete technology stack - not just the Android kernel - builds
quickly and accurately. ElectricAccelerator runs on multiple platforms,
including the latest versions of Ubuntu Linux, a popular platform for Android

About Electric Cloud

Electric Cloud is the leading provider of software production management
(SPM) solutions. Electric Cloud solutions automate, accelerate and analyze
software build-test-deploy processes to optimize both physical and virtual IT
environments. The company's patented and award-winning products help
development organizations to speed time to market, boost developer
productivity, and improve software quality. Leading companies across a
variety of industries, including semiconductors, enterprise IT, ISVs, mobile
devices, and transactional Web sites rely on Electric Cloud's Software
Production Management solutions to transform software production from a
liability to a competitive advantage. For customer inquiries please contact
Electric Cloud at +1-408-419-4300 or www.electric-cloud.com.

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trademarks of their respective owners.

Katherine Madariaga of Atomic PR, +1-415-593-1400, Katherine (at) atomicpr.com, for Electric Cloud

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