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The following table lists the hardware requirements to support mobile development per platform.

Mobile Platform

Hardware Requirements and Operating System

iOS

Intel-based Mac with minimum 2GB of RAM running Mac OS X Lion or later.

Android

Intel-based Mac with minimum 2GB of RAM running Mac OS X Lion or later; PC running Windows 7 or later.

Windows Phone

PC with minimum 2GB of RAM running Windows 8 Pro or later. (recommended 64-bit with at least 4GB of RAM)

Windows RT

PC with minimum 2GB of RAM running Windows 8 Pro or later.

Supported Development Environment

The following table lists the development tools requirements to support mobile development per platform.

Mobile Platform

IDE on Mac

IDE on Windows

iOS

iOS SDK, Apple Xcode, Xamarin Studio, Xamarin for iOS

Xamarin for iOS, Xamarin Studio or Visual Studio 2012 or later

Android

Android SDK, Xamarin Studio, Xamarin for Android

Xamarin for Android, Xamarin Studio or Visual Studio 2012 or later

Windows Phone

-

Windows Phone 8 SDK, Silverlight, Visual Studio 2012 or later

Windows RT

-

.NET Framework for Windows Store, Visual Studio 2012 or later

Although you can compile iOS apps with Visual Studio in Windows using Xamarin.iOS, you still need a Mac for testing and debugging against. Click here to learn more about connecting to a Mac remotely for testing and debugging.

Crosslight for iOS and Android are built on newer Xamarin Platforms that based on Mono 4.0 framework. The following list describes the minimum required versions of Xamarin Platforms.

  • Mono 4.0.1
  • Xamarin Studio 5 or higher
  • Xamarin.iOS 8 or higher
  • Xamarin.Android 5 or higher

If you already installed Xamarin Studio, you can check the version in the Xamarin Studio menu, then choose About Xamarin Studio. If the versions are lower than specified above, please install the latest updates. From the Xamarin Studio menu, choose Check for Updates. It is important to have the latest stable updates as stated in the above requirements to leverage all functionality available in Crosslight, such as asynchronous API support in ViewModel, and much more.

When you installed Intersoft Mobile Studio on either Mac or Windows, the Mobile Studio setup automatically detects the existence of Xamarin Studio. If Xamarin Studio is not installed, Mobile Studio will prompt whether you want to install Xamarin Studio. When you choose to install, the Mobile Studio setup will launch the Xamarin Installer at the end of installation.

To learn more about installation and preparing your development environment, see Preparing Your Development Environment