StackMob expands backend platform to Android app development

Mobile applications platform StackMob is introducing support for Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system, offering a backend solution enabling developers to leverage the same backend to power both Android and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS software builds. According to StackMob, its platform enables developers to cost-effectively build, deploy and scale apps optimized for multiple versions of the Android OS--developers can easily store and retrieve data, write custom code, send push notifications, integrate social media sharing and access analytics data without investing their own time and resources building a backend. To sign up for the StackMob Android Beta, click here.

StackMob promises a fully hosted and managed platform as well as a complete suite of backend services reducing the infrastructure-building process from months to hours or minutes. In mid-May, the startup closed a $7.5 million financing round led by Trinity Ventures, with contributions from existing investors Harrison Metal and Baseline Ventures.

Google has promised Android's forthcoming Ice Cream Sandwich update will eliminate much of the fragmentation limiting app development across the platform. Ice Cream Sandwich will deliver the tablet-optimized innovations introduced in its Android 3.0 to all devices running the OS. Google is expected to formally unveil Ice Cream Sandwich during an Oct. 18 event in Hong Kong.

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