The word is out. XE5 will be coming this September, as described in the announcement of a tour of Russia to promote the new release.
Dear developers! Traditionally, in September we are launching a new version of RAD Studio, this year has been for us an exception, as we started the RAD Studio XE4 in which we have added support for iOS in April and received a lot of requests and questions about support for Android, as it is one of the most popular platforms for mobile development. This September we will show you a new version of RAD Studio to which we have added support for the long-awaited Android. With support for Android, you can create applications for all popular platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android from a single code base.
Now, this text just talks about a “new version” and doesn’t mention XE5 by name but the blog post is titled “RAD Studio XE5”.
We also know from the updated roadmap that – as expected – the Android support will rely on mimicking the UI and UX of the Android platform just as it does with iOS, providing “Native Style” in these areas rather than a genuinely native UI.
“Native Style” is an oxymoron as far as I am concerned. Like “Original Copy” or “Authentic Fake”.
It seems from that roadmap that Android will be part of the “Mobile Add-On”, but coming as part of a “new release” as it appears to, it is highly unlikely that this is coming free of charge. I expect Embarcadero are busily preparing to herd their users off to the milking shed once more, before their udders run completely dry or the herd is too drastically depleted by escapees making it to one of the adjacent fields where the grass is actually green, not just “Green Style”.
In addition, a little birdy tells me that there is an event happening in Auckland here in New Zealand at the end of August, so if nothing official is announced before then I might even have some more concrete details of what will actually be in XE5 in advance of that September tour of Russia.