For some time, Motorola Mobility has offered its MOTODEV Studio for Android suite as a standalone alternative build on Eclipse. A lot of developers seemed to like the additional tools Moto built into Studio, but weren't exactly keen on dropping Eclipse in exchange for Moto's less open solution.

Now that Motorola is a part of Google, it seems that state of affairs just won't do. Earlier today, on the official Motorola blog, the company announced it was open sourcing key parts of MOTODEV Studio and merging them into the Android Open Source Project. Looking at the commits (here), head of the ADT/Tools team at Google, Xavier Ducrohet, seems to have been involved extensively in the process.

From here on out, these special add-ons will be known as the Motodev Core Plugins, and you can actually just add them on top of your current Eclipse install. Find the instructions here.

So how about that Android / Motorola "firewall?" Looks like somebody left a couple ports open.

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David Ruddock
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  • Tommy Thompson

    I'm not even sure what Motodev is...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It's a suite of development tools created by Moto for Android developers that assist in application development. It used to be an entire suite based on Eclipse (afaik), now they've disassembled most of the good bits, open sourced them, put them in AOSP, and made them Eclipse plugins you can download.

      • http://tech.gtaero.net/ Navarr Barnier

        I was kind of coming here hoping to learn what tools they've added, rather than learn that there's this awesome motodev studio with awesome tools and some of them are now used in Eclipse.

        I learned very little. :p

        • Michael Driscoll

          List of plugins:

          Collaboration, Database Development, Developer Tools, General Purpose Tools -> Memory Analyzer, Web, XML, JavaEE and OSGi Enterprise Development -> Eclipse XML Editors and Tools, All Sequoyah Plugins. AFter I install them I'll get some more details

      • Tommy Thompson


  • mduran1023

    Mr. Page, tear down this wall!

    In all seriousness, I really hope the wall comes down completely and Moto just gets swallowed up. How awesome would it be if some stuff like smart actions gets integrated into AOSP and the Google Now Voice commands?

    • Jay T

      Yeah, I don't really see the massive problem with Moto and Google being joined. As long as Google keeps Android open, and allows Samsung, Sony, HTC, and whoever else wants to use it, it doesn't really matter if Moto becomes Google, phones department.

      Loving what's happening there, though. :)

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    Nexus M?

  • dontremember

    Wouldn't it be nice if they would accidentally include drivers & libraries for the Atrix, Photon and Electrify in that?

  • http://profiles.google.com/stermi Emanuele Ricci

    I like it very much when you also do this dev articles :) Keep going, and maybe you can create a separate category for us (devs) :)

  • Prem

    in this case the leak in the firewall is a good thing.