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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 14, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) –
a leading provider of development software to simplify the creation and
operation of cross-platform mobile apps targeting phones and tablets
running iOS,
and Windows, today announced availability of the Xamarin Designer for
Android, giving developers a drag-and-drop visual environment to create
native user interfaces for Android apps from within Visual Studio or
Xamarin’s IDE. The product enables editing of properties for all native
Android widgets and interface controls from within a visual designer,
and produces standard Android XML layout files.

“With our Xamarin Designer for Android, we’re helping developers save
time and increase productivity with rapid prototyping and creation of
sophisticated native Android app interfaces,” said Miguel de Icaza,
chief technical officer at Xamarin. “Now developers can use a graphical
interface to design native Android user experiences for portrait and
landscape layouts, different screen sizes and screen resolutions, and
for different device configurations, like hardware with keyboards and
search buttons.”

Xamarin Designer for Android follows the conventions of Visual Studio
and supports Android API levels going back to 4, as well as Froyo,
Gingerbread, Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich release levels. Other
significant Android Designer features include:

Control over form widgets, text fields, layouts, layout containers,
images and media

Support for dock-specific layout configurations including car, desk
and television

View and edit layouts by language, region, country and telephone

Xamarin’s cross-platform development software provides the power of the
.NET frameworks, along with complete access to all of the native APIs
and UI toolkits unique to each operating platform, allowing developers
to create truly unique native experiences on each operating system.

A complete list of new capabilities added to Mono for Android 4.2 can be
viewed here: .
Demos of Xamarin’s Android Designer can be seen at AnDevCon III
exhibition hall, booth 401.

Pricing, Availability and Free Trial

Xamarin Designer for Android is included with Mono for Android 4.2, and
is available immediately to Xamarin customers currently within their
annual license period. For complete product information about Xamarin’s
cross-platform mobile application development software, and to download
a free trial, visit .

To see real-world apps built with Xamarin technology, visit .

About Xamarin

Xamarin’s mission is to make it fast, easy and fun to build great mobile
apps. Xamarin’s cross-platform mobile app development software allows
.NET programmers to use their existing skills and tooling to cut app
development, operation time and costs by sharing code for apps running
on iOS, Android and Windows phones, tablets and embedded devices. Indie
developers, contract teams and enterprise organizations use MonoTouch
for iOS and Mono for Android to accelerate and simplify the creation of
high-performance, cross-platform mobile consumer and corporate
applications. For more information, visit: .

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