Klocwork, known for its debugging software, today announced a new version of its Java source code analyzer for the Google Android operating system.
“We created about a dozen checkers that look for specific mistakes you could make in the Android environment,” CTO Gwyn Fisher said.
Devices built on Android – only T-Mobile’s G1 smartphone presently – feel from a developer perspective like ordinary open-source Web servers, he said. Fisher said that approach has some benefits for designers, but it also means there can opportunities for denial-of-service attacks if software is not thoroughly checked for errors.
For more tasks, Google did well at abstracting coders from hardware. “The chances of you being able to cause real trouble are slim,” Fisher said.
Klocwork’s Insight product for Android is slated to ship later this month. A server analysis license costs $15,000 and per-user licenses cost $1,750. Licenses are also available bundled for enterprises.
Next up for Klocwork is an Apple iPhone version. Fisher declined to state a timeframe for that.