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New AWS SDKs for Mobile Development (Android and iOS)

by Jeff Barr | on | in Developer Tools | | Comments

We want to make it easier for developers to build AWS applications on mobile devices. Today we are introducing new SDKs for AWS Development on devices that run the Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS operating systems (iPhones, iPads, and the iPod Touch).

The AWS SDK for Android and the AWS SDK for iOS provide developers with access to storage (Amazon S3), database (Amazon SimpleDB), and messaging facilities (Amazon SQS and Amazon SNS). Both SDKs are lean and mean to allow you to make the most of the limited memory found on a mobile device. The libraries take care of a number of low-level concerns such as authentication, retrying of requests, and error handling. 

Both of the SDKs include libraries, full documentation and some sample code. Both of the libraries are available in source form on GitHub (iOS and Android) and we will be more than happy to accept external contributions.

In order to allow code running on the mobile device to make calls directly to AWS, we’ve also outlined a number of ways to store and protect the AWS credentials needed to make the calls in our new Credential Management in Mobile Applications document.

I am really looking forward to seeing all sorts of cool and creative (not to mention useful) AWS-powered applications show up on mobile devices in the future. If you build such an app, feel free to leave a comment on this post or send email to

— Jeff;