Android++ is a freely distributed tool to simplify the creation of Android applications from within Visual Studio. It is designed primarily to support native development and debugging within a industry-standard IDE.
The Android operating-system powers hundreds of millions of mobile devices in more than 190 countries around the world. It’s the largest installed base of any mobile platform and growing fast – every day another million users power up their Android devices for the first time and start looking for apps, games, and other digital content.
Despite this, development on Android lacks the coherence and simplicity offered by iOS – specifically with regard to those developers targeting native (C/C++) applications. There are many reasons for this, but much of it is down to the lack of a dedicated Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and native source-level debugging.
Large numbers of these developers world-wide use Visual Studio as their primary IDE. Either by preference, or other external factors. The goal of Android++ is to assist and transition those developers to target the Android platform by providing the ability for them to use their existing skills and working practices.