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What is the Android Scripting Environment (ASE) ?
This really doesn’t sound like much to the uninitiated, but for anyone that has had a dabble in Android development will realize, this is a big step forward not only in terms of development accessibility, but also practicability. For those that do not want to build fully-fledged applications and would like something a little more lightweight that combines a number of features from a few different applications, scripting is really the way forward. It allows cohesion without complexity. To quote Google:
It is thought that the ASE will allow greater customization of Android devices either by its users or developers (ranging form the small time to the big). It could even allow a novice to get involved or anyone who does not possess the time or perhaps the expertise to write their own complete applications. Either way, it is certainly a positive step by Google and really does echo the open-source nature of Android. Although it is not currently available via the Android market place, you can download the ASE here.