Sagar Kamdar, VP of Product Administration
The app experiences that you simply as builders construct assist folks all over the world in methods we couldn’t have imagined, and at Android Dev Summit, taking place over the following two days, we’ll speak about that spirit – specializing in the person, understanding their wants, after which constructing experiences to thrill them. We simply wrapped up the keynote, and over the following two days, we’ll concentrate on an essential theme for Android: serving to you construct glorious apps, throughout units. First on updates to our trendy Android growth providing that will help you keep extra productive so you possibly can concentrate on constructing nice purposes, after which serving to you prolong these apps throughout units to all kind components. And as a giant a part of this, we’re introducing the 12L characteristic drop on foldables and tablets – a set of options optimising Android 12 for giant screens – learn on to study extra!
Wonderful apps: bringing Materials You to Jetpack Compose
In relation to serving to you construct glorious apps, our increasing assortment of growth instruments, APIs, language, and distribution applied sciences–Trendy Android Improvement, MAD for brief–are your companions that will help you keep extra productive. And we’ve acquired plenty of new options throughout MAD that will help you be productive and create higher apps, beginning with one among our largest bulletins: the introduction of Materials You and its radical new design imaginative and prescient into Jetpack Compose, Android’s trendy toolkit for constructing native UI.
Materials You, launched in Android 12 earlier this yr at Google I/O, focuses on delivering experiences which can be private for each fashion, accessible for each want, and adaptive for each display. We’re releasing the primary alpha of Compose Materials 3, which gives Materials Design 3 styled elements and theme, enabling Materials You personalization options like dynamic coloration. We’re additionally releasing the primary beta model of Jetpack Compose 1.1 with options like stretch overscroll for Android 12, improved touch-target sizing, experimental lazy structure animations, and extra. Jetpack Compose is steady and prepared to be used in manufacturing and we proceed so as to add the options you might want to make it quick and straightforward to construct Android UI throughout all kind components, with new help for Wear OS and for constructing homescreen widgets.
Jetpack: extra options that will help you create glorious apps
Past Compose, Jetpack continues so as to add the options you’ve been asking us for. Navigation provides a number of backstacks help. WorkManager, our really helpful answer for persistent work, makes it simpler to deal with Android 12 background restrictions, including help for expedited jobs. Room provides auto-migration and multi-map relations. DataStore, our really helpful alternative for SharedPreferences, has reached 1.0 and Macrobenchmark, a device to measure and enhance startup and body efficiency, added simplified and extra correct body timing, and compatibility again to Android M.
Constructing throughout units
We even have updates that will help you construct throughout Android kind components. Be taught extra about how being out there throughout totally different Android units and kind components helps Spotify obtain their mission of connecting billions of followers with hundreds of thousands of creators.
Introducing 12L, an OS designed for giant screens, along with new instruments
Giant screens have seen some unimaginable momentum: a 92% 12 months-over-12 months development in Chrome OS, making it the quickest rising desktop OS on this planet, a 20% development in pill gross sales within the final yr and a 2.5x development in foldables gross sales, the latest and most innovate kind issue…altogether these signify over 250M lively massive display Android units – and Android is providing you with an OS to match. And we’ve acquired some… *massive* information to *unfold* right here: a developer preview of an upcoming characteristic drop for Android 12, with updates added JUST for giant screens; we name it 12L. With 12L we’ve optimised and polished the system UI for giant screens, made multitasking extra highly effective and intuitive, and improved our compatibility help for apps so they appear higher proper out of the field. You’ll be able to attempt the brand new large-screen options at the moment as a part of the 12L developer preview. Take a look at what’s in 12L and the way we’re making it simpler to construct for giant screens right here.
Be careful for Wear OS
Many builders have created useful experiences for the newest model of Wear OS which launched earlier this yr, and we’re trying ahead to richer, extra immersive app experiences like what we’re seeing from Strava, Spotify, and Calm. Jetpack Compose makes constructing UIs a lot sooner and simpler – so we’re bringing Compose help to Wear OS. Compose for Wear OS is now in developer preview, with new samples and documentation that will help you get began. The Tiles API, now in Beta, offers predictable, glanceable entry to info and fast actions. We’ve additionally partnered with Samsung to make it simpler to design watch faces. Watch Face Studio, created by Samsung, means that you can produce your personal watch faces with none coding, so watch you see..is watch you get. You’ll be able to learn extra about the entire Wear OS information right here.
Google Play: Extra options and investments that will help you develop your online business
We’ve invested in additional methods to energy your online business development on Google Play. To strengthen person belief, we’ve launched the Information security part to focus on your privateness practices and the Play Integrity API to verify your app installs are all the time real. We’ve additionally invested in additional instruments and options to assist enhance your app high quality and lately up to date our applications in order that 99% of builders qualify for a service price of 15% or much less. To study extra, try our weblog put up or watch the complete session.
#AndroidDevSummit kicks off now!
We simply dropped over 30 technical classes, which you can watch right here at your personal tempo. And over the following two days, now we have much more reside content material so that you can take pleasure in – together with your alternative to get your burning #AskAndroid questions answered by the crew who constructed Android on subjects like Trendy Android Improvement, Giant Screens, or Compose with Materials You. Plus, we’ll even be internet hosting reside Android Code-Alongs, the place you possibly can tune in to look at Android specialists as they code, sort out programming challenges, and reply your questions reside throughout Jetpack Compose and Compose for Wear OS. You’ll be able to try the full agenda with timings right here. Whereas we will’t look ahead to the chance to attach with you in particular person quickly, we’re excited to have interaction with you remotely over the following two days. Get pleasure from your #AndroidDevSummit!