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13 Issues to know for Android builders at Google I/O!



Posted by Maru Ahues Bouza, Director of Android Developer Relations

Android I/O updates: Jetpack, Wear OS, etc 

There aren’t many platforms the place you may construct one thing and immediately attain billions of individuals world wide, not solely on their telephones—however their TVs, automobiles, tablets, watches, and extra. Right now, at Google I/O, we coated a variety of methods Android helps you take advantage of this chance, and the way Trendy Android Growth brings as a lot commonality as attainable, to make it sooner and simpler so that you can create experiences that tailor to all of the completely different screens we use in our each day lives.

We’ve rounded up the highest 13 issues to know for Android builders—from Jetpack Compose to tablets to Put on OS and naturally… Android 13! And stick round for Day 2 of Google I/O, when Android’s full observe of 26 technical talks and 4 workshops drop. We’re additionally bringing again the Android fireplace Q&A in one other episode of #TheAndroidShow; tweet us your questions now utilizing #AskAndroid, and we’ve assembled a staff of consultants to reply stay on-air, Could 12 at 12:30PM PT.

MODERN ANDROID DEVELOPMENT

#1: Jetpack Compose Beta 1.2, with assist for extra superior use instances

Android’s fashionable UI toolkit, Jetpack Compose, continues to convey the APIs it’s worthwhile to assist extra superior use instances like downloadable fonts, LazyGrids, window insets, nested scrolling interop and extra tooling assist with options like LiveEdit, Recomposition Debugging and Animation Preview. Try the weblog put up for extra particulars.

Jetpack Compose 1.2 Beta  

#2: Android Studio: introducing Reside Edit

Get extra carried out sooner with Android Studio Dolphin Beta and Electrical Eel Canary! Android Studio Dolphin consists of new options and enhancements for Jetpack Compose and Put on OS improvement and an up to date Logcat expertise. Android Studio Electrical Eel comes with integrations with the brand new Google Play SDK Index and Firebase Crashlytics. It additionally gives a brand new resizable emulator to check your app on giant screens and the brand new Reside Edit characteristic to right away deploy code adjustments made inside composable features. Watch the What’s new in Android Growth Instruments session and browse the Android Studio I/O weblog put up right here.

#3: Baseline Profiles – velocity up your app load time!

The velocity of your app proper after set up could make an enormous distinction on consumer retention. To enhance that have, we created Baseline Profiles. Baseline Profiles permit apps and libraries to offer the Android runtime with metadata about code path utilization, which it makes use of to prioritize ahead-of-time compilation. We have seen as much as 30% sooner app startup occasions due to including baseline profiles alone, no different code adjustments required! We’re already utilizing baseline profiles inside Jetpack: we’ve added baselines to standard libraries like Fragments and Compose – to assist present a greater end-user expertise. Watch the What’s new in app efficiency speak, and browse the Jetpack weblog put up right here.

Modern Android Development 

BETTER TOGETHER

#4: Going huge on Android tablets

Google is all in on tablets. Since final I/O we launched Android 12L, a launch centered on giant display screen optimizations, and Android 13 consists of all these enhancements and extra. We additionally introduced the Pixel pill, coming subsequent 12 months. With wonderful new {hardware}, an up to date working system & Google apps, improved tips and libraries, and thrilling adjustments to the Play retailer, there has by no means been a greater time to evaluation your apps and get them prepared for big screens and Android 13. That’s why at this 12 months’s I/O we’ve got 4 talks and a workshop to take you from design to implementation for big screens.


#5: Put on OS: Compose + extra!

With the newest updates to Put on OS, you may rethink what is feasible when creating for wearables. Jetpack Compose for Put on OS is now in beta, so you may create lovely Put on OS apps with fewer strains of code. Well being Providers can be now in beta, bringing a ton of innovation to the well being and health developer group. And final, however actually not least, we introduced the launch of The Google Pixel Watch – coming this Fall – which brings collectively one of the best of Fitbit and Put on OS. You’ll be able to be taught extra about all probably the most thrilling updates for wearables by watching the Put on OS technical session and studying our Jetpack Compose for Put on OS announcement.

Compose for Wear OS 

#6: Introducing Well being Join

Well being Join is a brand new platform inbuilt shut collaboration between Google and Samsung, that simplifies connectivity between apps making it simpler to succeed in extra customers with much less work, so you may securely entry and share consumer well being and health knowledge throughout apps and gadgets. Right now, we’re opening up entry to Well being Join by means of Jetpack Well being—learn our announcement or watch the I/O session to seek out out extra!

#7: Android for Automobiles & Android TV OS

Android for Automobiles and Android TV OS proceed to develop within the US and overseas. As extra customers drive related or tune-in, we’re introducing new options to make it even simpler to develop apps for automobiles and TV this 12 months. Catch the “What’s new with Android for Automobiles” and “What’s new with Google TV and Android TV” classes on Day 2 (Could twelfth) at 9:00 AM PT to be taught extra.

#8: Add Voice Throughout Gadgets

We’re making it simpler for customers to entry your apps through voice throughout gadgets with Google Assistant, by increasing developer entry to Shortcuts API for Android for Automobiles, with assist for Put on OS apps coming later this 12 months. We’re additionally making it simpler to construct these experiences with Smarter Customized Intents, enabling Assistant to higher detect broader cases of consumer queries by means of ML, with none NLU coaching heavy carry. Moreover, we’re introducing enhancements that drive discovery to your apps through voice on Cell, first by means of Brandless Queries, that drive app utilization even when the consumer hasn’t explicitly mentioned your app’s identify, and App Set up Recommendations that seem in case your isn’t put in but–these are robotically enabled for current App Actions right this moment.

AND THE LATEST FROM ANDROID, PLAY, AND MORE:

#9: What’s new in Play!

Get the newest updates from Google Play, together with new methods Play may also help you develop your small business. Highlights embody the flexibility to deep-link and create as much as 50 customized listings; our LiveOps beta, which is able to permit extra builders to submit content material to be thought-about for that includes on the Play Retailer; and much more flexibility in promoting subscriptions. Find out about these updates and extra in our weblog put up.

#10: Google Play SDK Index

Consider if an SDK is true on your app with the brand new Google Play SDK index. This new public portal lists over 100 of probably the most extensively used business SDKs and data like which app permissions the SDK requests, statistics on the apps that use them, and which model of the SDK is hottest. Study extra on our weblog put up and watch “What’s new in Google Play” and “What’s new in Android improvement instruments” classes.

#11: Privateness Sandbox on Android

Privateness Sandbox on Android gives a path for brand spanking new promoting options to enhance consumer privateness with out placing entry to free content material and companies in danger. We just lately launched the primary Privateness Sandbox on Android Developer Preview so you will get an early take a look at the SDK Runtime and Matters API. You’ll be able to conduct preliminary testing of those new applied sciences, consider the way you would possibly undertake them on your options, and share suggestions with us. Study extra within the “Overview of the Privateness Sandbox in Android” session.

#12: The brand new Google Pockets API

The brand new Google Pockets provides customers quick and safe entry to on a regular basis necessities throughout Android and Put on OS. We’re enhancing the Google Pockets API, beforehand referred to as Google Pay Passes API, to assist generic passes, grouping and mixing passes collectively, for instance grouping an occasion ticket with a voucher, and launching a brand new Android SDK which lets you save passes straight out of your app and not using a backend integration. To be taught extra, learn the total weblog put up, watch the session, or learn the docs at builders.google.com/pockets.

#13: And naturally, Android 13!

The second Beta of Android 13 is out there right this moment! Get your apps prepared for the newest options for privateness and safety, like the brand new notification permission, the privacy-protecting picture picker, and improved permissions for pairing with close by gadgets and accessing media information. Improve your app with options like app-specific language assist and themed app icons. Construct with fashionable requirements like HDR video and Bluetooth LE Audio. You will get began by enrolling your Pixel system right here, or attempt Android 13 Beta on choose telephones, tablets, and foldables from our companions – go to developer.android.com/13 to be taught extra.

That’s only a snapshot of a number of the highlights for Android builders at this 12 months’s Google I/O. Be sure you watch the What’s New in Android speak to get the panorama on the total Android technical observe at Google I/O, which incorporates 26 talks and 4 workshops. Get pleasure from!

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