Much of the news from the annual Mobile World Congress gathering in Barcelona concentrates on shiny new devices, but there’s also plenty happening in the developer space. Intel used the event to launch its new Integrated Native Developer Experience (INDE), which aims to make it possible to build Android and Windows apps using the same broad code base.
INDE includes plug-ins for Visual Studio and Eclipse, and can build apps for Android 4.3 or later and for Windows 7 and 8. Apps can be written in C++ or Java.
While Intel obviously has a vested interest in promoting Intel-based Android devices, you can also produce code for ARM-based systems (which is the overwhelming majority of Android devices right now).
The software will be offered shortly as a beta pre-release, which presumably means you can expect a lot of instability and weirdness. Nonetheless, it’s an interesting idea — especially given Nokia’s announcement this week of hybrid Android/Windows phones.
At MWC, Intel also announced a handful of new features for its XDK HTML5 developer tools, including integrated support for GIT repositories. More on that here.