'Cool!' devs say as SoftBank adds Android support for Pepper robot

SoftBank Robotics now is allowing Android developers to create apps for its Pepper humanoid robot. 

The company has launched the Pepper SDK for Android Studio beta, a software development kit that allows developers to implement apps on the Android platform.

In addition, SoftBank will begin Android-supported Pepper presales in July.

"The possibilities for Pepper RoboApp developers will greatly increase with Android support," SoftBank said in a prepared statement.

Many Android developers are excited about the possibility of creating and deploying RoboApps for Pepper. 

Developers should expect to see plenty of Pepper in the United States, too.

Of course, the demand for Android developers for Pepper could increase substantially over the next few years.

Pepper, meanwhile, offers a wide range of opportunities for both developers and retailers worldwide.