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Xamarin Delivers Same-Day Support for Amazon Fire Phone, Enables Developers to Be First-to-Market When the Phone Launches

Xamarin, the company that empowers more than 650,000 developers to build fully native mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows, today announced same-day support for the Amazon Fire Phone, the latest entry in the Android smartphone space. Xamarin developers are now able to deliver native apps that take advantage of the new smartphone’s unique capabilities, using shared code from iOS and Android apps. Today’s release builds on Xamarin’s reputation of supporting the latest disruptive devices like Google Glass, Android Wear and Amazon Fire TV, empowering developers to take advantage of new technologies.

Using Xamarin to develop for Amazon’s Fire Phone is extremely easy as the phone runs on the Android-based Fire OS, which Xamarin already supports. To take advantage of new features unique to the Amazon Fire Phone, developers just need to download the Amazon Fire Phone Component from the Xamarin Component Store. Xamarin’s same-day support means that Xamarin developers can be first-to-market with a truly native Fire Phone app when the smartphone is made available to the public on July 25.

Now developers can create new types of immersive experiences like head tracking and motion gesture recognition by using the Dynamic Perspective SDK. Additionally, with the Firefly SDK, developers can deliver more contextually relevant experiences by tapping into Amazon Web Services to easily detect and gather information about text, audio, and rich visual content like images and videos.

The proliferation of smart devices is creating a tremendous opportunity to develop amazing new mobile applications. But as more devices are introduced to the market, developers are faced with the immense task of developing for countless devices that vary dramatically from device to device in operating systems, screen size, processor power, user interface paradigms and more. Until Xamarin, the only way to create native apps for multiple platforms was to build and maintain apps in each device platform’s language, a process that multiplied costs and stifled innovation due to the inefficiencies of maintaining multiple code bases.

Amazon’s introduction of the Fire Phone, with it’s unique capabilities, adds to the complex mobile device landscape, as do new wearable devices. Xamarin solves this challenge by unifying native mobile development for iOS, Android, Windows, Google Glass, Android Wear, Fire TV and Fire OS in C#, the language used by an estimated six million developers worldwide. By unifying native mobile app development with Xamarin, developers vastly decrease the time and resources needed to deliver native mobile apps capable of reaching an estimated 2.6 billion devices.

Availability

Xamarin's Amazon Fire Phone component is immediately available from the Xamarin Component Store. For additional information on Xamarin’s Amazon Fire Phone component, visit: blog.xamarin.com.

About Xamarin

Xamarin is the new standard for enterprise mobile development. No other platform enables businesses to reach 2.6 billion iOS, Android, Mac and Windows devices with 100 percent fully native apps from a single, shared code base. Xamarin is used by over 650,000 developers from more than 100 Fortune 500 companies to accelerate the creation of mission-critical consumer and enterprise apps. Xamarin’s global customer base in 120 countries includes Dow Jones, Bosch, McKesson, Halliburton, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cognizant, GitHub, Rdio and WebMD. Xamarin is a Visionary in Gartner’s 2013 Magic Quadrant report for Mobile Application Development Platforms. For more information, please visit: xamarin.com or follow us @xamarinhq.

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