The current android build system wasn't up to par to the current standards of designers, which is what Xavier Ducrohet discusses in this Google Android keynote.
The new build system includes features such as extensibility and customization, which makes it easier to adapt to the designer's needs. The Gradle-based Android software development kit (SDK) is scheduled to replace the current software programs of Ant and Eclipse that Android app developers currently use. The Gradle-based SDK will bring about an easier means to manage scripts, IDE integration and testing support for designers.
Though still in its infancy stage, the Gradle-based build system will bring about a means of managing current software building systems that will be easier manage, unlike the current system.
Managing Software Builds
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