MicroEJ Becomes Compatible with Android Studio for Any Smart Thing

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

June 30, 2022


MicroEJ Becomes Compatible with Android Studio for Any Smart Thing

MicroEJ announced the availability of Android Compatibility Kit, connecting global electronic things manufacturers to an ecosystem of Android Studio and associated developers.

This new release consolidates MicroEJ’s positioning as the “tiny sibling of Android” for small and constrained smart devices. By enabling the same software to run on either MicroEJ or Android execution environment, manufacturers can switch from a processor to a smaller one (from ex.: Arm Cortex-A to Arm Cortex-M) to reduce energy consumption.

MicroEJ Android Compatibility Kit brings many benefits to smart device manufacturers:

  • Android Compatibility and Android Studio Support: MICROEJ VEE shares the same technology principles as Android. It now also supports the development of applications with Android Studio and integrates with the Gradle build system.
  • Accelerated Development using Virtual Devices: MicroEJ enables development on virtual devices to parallelize hardware and software development and speed up specification validation. Android Studio can launch MicroEJ Virtual Devices just as Android Virtual Devices.
  • Greater Energy Efficiency: MicroEJ Android Compatibility Kit enables two processors to coexist and distribute same tasks between a processor powered by Android and a low-power processor powered by MicroEJ to reduce energy consumption.
  • Leveraging Hardware Innovation by removing Software-Hardware Inter-lock: By using standard software containers, application code built with MicroEJ is portable on hardware, independently from RTOS/OS combinations. It accelerates hardware evaluations and fosters the development of derivative products thanks to software API reuse.
  • Large Developer Ecosystem: The large ecosystem of Java/Kotlin developers can now use tools such as IntelliJ IDEA, Android Studio, and Gradle to build MicroEJ applications, leveraging low-power features embedded at the heart of MICROEJ VEE for highly optimized resources usage.
  • Leveraging Hardware IP’s for vector graphics: MICROEJ VEE eases the usage of Graphic Processing Units (GPU), enabling a similar look and feel as smartphone apps. MicroVG provides support for Android Vector Drawables and SVG formats for UI/UX on any type of screen and leverages any vector GPU when necessary.

The MicroEJ Android Compatibility Kit is especially valuable in battery-operated industries such as smartwatches and thermostats, allowing the development of cost-optimized and energy-efficient products.  MicroEJ is a lightweight option that enables to expand product lines with the same user experience from low-end to premium devices.

“With this new offering from MicroEJ, developers can utilize processor capabilities while minimizing software development costs. This is of great value to our customers, particularly for those who build multiple product families using the breadth of our advanced portfolio of secure and energy efficient embedded processors from MCUs, to crossover i.MX RT and i.MX applications processors. For example, our recent collaboration with MicroEJ to enable the i.MX RT500 crossover MCU has been highly successful in simplifying access to its unique architecture of low-power and graphics. It’s a win-win for our customers.”  

Said Joe Yu, Vice President and General Manager, IoT Edge Processing Line, NXP® Semiconductors.

Android Compatibility Kit is currently used with lead customers for the production of mass-market electronic products.

For more information, visit the Android Compatibility Kit webpage .

Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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