Cloud support for Android apps

    Good news for developers of mobile applications for the Android platform. In the Windows Azure Mobile Services cloud platform, Android tool support has been added to existing support for Windows 8, Windows Phone, and iOS. The released Android SDK is open source and available on GitHub along with all other SDKs. Now developers of applications for Android can use Windows Azure Mobile Services to get support for the following functions for free (up to 10 mobile applications) and without investments in their own infrastructure:


    • access to relational storage with a dynamic data schema;
    • Integrated authentication system based on Microsoft Account, Facebook, Google and Twitter;
    • push notifications for your Android applications (and all other platforms at the same time);
    • sending SMS and mail messages from the cloud via SendGrid and Twilio services;
    • Cloud scaling from the free tier to high loads.

    Using Windows Azure Mobile Services today, you can get a single cloud backend to support all popular mobile platforms without investing in infrastructure for the fastest possible start and subsequent scaling.

    New content

    For developers of mobile applications, new content has been added about the development of Android applications along with a cloud backend. You can find it in the developer center at Mobile Services dev center . Start your development study with this article for Android developers .

    The next release of the Windows Azure Training Kit will include training on new features. But today you can get them at the following links:

    An Android Support in Windows Azure Mobile Services video has been posted on Channel9 to learn about the new features .


    Android Application Examples

    To demonstrate the use of the cloud backend in Android applications, code samples have been released. You can find the Fedback and Tic Tie Toe Leaderboard apps at the links.


    You can find additional information about the Windows Azure platform in Russian at the following resources:

    I especially draw your attention to the published content of the Windows Azure Summit 2013 conference, which was held on February 20 in Moscow.

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