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As the Google Android platform has become red hot for developers, Black Duck Software has launched an Android Fast Start program, a bundled software and service offering designed to help Android developers get started with Android development.

Black Duck officials said Android Fast Start helps to automate and ensure compliance and simplify the operational challenges of managing Android projects. Android Fast Start saves months of ramp-up time, provides ongoing cost and time savings with timely updates for future Android releases, and enables development organizations to ship with confidence they are in compliance with company policies and legal obligations, Black Duck said.

“Android has rapidly become a leading platform for mobile innovation by offering developers rich, varied and flexible components. Innovation is made possible by rapid enhancements and significant releases, which require management and control,” said Bill McQuaide, executive vice president of products and strategy at Black Duck. “We believe Android Fast Start is an essential tool for developers in the Android device ecosystem who want to ramp up quickly while reducing the operational and compliance challenges related to developing for this platform.”

McQuaide explains that Android is a complex open-source project made up of more than 165 components, 80,000 files and 2GB of code under 19 different licenses. The code base evolves rapidly, with many developers and companies contributing on a regular basis. Android Fast Start provides visibility and control of Android, simplifies change management and ensures and automates compliance.

Black Duck Android Fast Start includes a custom configured version of the Black Duck Suite, the company’s platform for management and governance of open-source software in a multisource development process, populated with detailed Android component information. In addition, customers also receive expert “Android-Ready” Professional Services for rapid deployment, integration and configuration of the solution in their environment, including build-system integration and customized workflows.

For more, read the eWEEK article: Black Duck Introduces Android Fast Start Program.