What’s new for Android builders at #AndroidDevSummit’21

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Sagar Kamdar, VP of Product Administration

The app experiences that you just as builders construct assist individuals around the globe in methods we couldn’t have imagined, and at Android Dev Summit, occurring over the following two days, we’ll speak about that spirit – specializing in the consumer, understanding their wants, after which constructing experiences to thrill them. We simply wrapped up the keynote, and over the following two days, we’ll deal with an vital theme for Android: serving to you construct glorious apps, throughout gadgets. First on updates to our fashionable Android growth providing that will help you keep extra productive so you possibly can deal with constructing nice functions, after which serving to you prolong these apps throughout gadgets to all kind components. And as an enormous a part of this, we’re introducing the 12L characteristic drop on foldables and tablets – a set of options optimising Android 12 for big screens – learn on to be taught extra!

Glorious apps: bringing Materials You to Jetpack Compose

On the subject of serving to you construct glorious apps, our increasing assortment of growth instruments, APIs, language, and distribution applied sciences–Fashionable Android Improvement, MAD for brief–are your companions that will help you keep extra productive. And we’ve received various new options throughout MAD that will help you be productive and create higher apps, beginning with one in all our largest bulletins: the introduction of Materials You and its radical new design imaginative and prescient into Jetpack Compose, Android’s fashionable 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 screen. 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 shade. 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 secure and prepared to be used in manufacturing and we proceed so as to add the options you want to make it quick and straightforward to construct Android UI throughout all kind components, with new assist for Put on OS and for constructing homescreen widgets.

GIF showing Compose Material 3

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 assist. WorkManager, our advisable answer for persistent work, makes it simpler to deal with Android 12 background restrictions, including assist for expedited jobs. Room provides auto-migration and multi-map relations. DataStore, our advisable 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 gadgets

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 gadgets and kind components helps Spotify obtain their mission of connecting billions of followers with tens of millions of creators.

Introducing 12L, an OS designed for big screens, along with new instruments

Massive 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 the planet, a 20% development in pill gross sales within the final yr and a 2.5x development in foldables gross sales, the most recent and most innovate kind issue…altogether these characterize over 250M lively giant display screen Android gadgets – and Android is supplying you with an OS to match. And we’ve received some… *giant* information to *unfold* right here: a developer preview of an upcoming characteristic drop for Android 12, with updates added JUST for big screens; we name it 12L. With 12L we’ve optimised and polished the system UI for big screens, made multitasking extra highly effective and intuitive, and improved our compatibility assist for apps so they appear higher proper out of the field. You’ll be able to strive the brand new large-screen options right this 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 big screens right here.

GIF showing maps being used on Large Screen device

Be careful for Put on OS

Many builders have created useful experiences for the most recent model of Put on 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 assist to Put on OS. Compose for Put on OS is now in developer preview, with new samples and documentation that will help you get began. The ​​Tiles API, now in Beta, supplies 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, permits you to produce your individual watch faces with none coding, so watch you see..is watch you get. You’ll be able to learn extra about the entire Put on OS information right here.

Google Play: Extra options and investments that will help you develop your enterprise

We’ve invested in additional methods to energy your enterprise development on Google Play. To strengthen consumer belief, we’ve launched the Knowledge security part to spotlight your privateness practices and the Play Integrity API to verify your app installs are at all times real. We’ve additionally invested in additional instruments and options to assist increase your app high quality and not too long ago up to date our packages in order that 99% of builders qualify for a service payment of 15% or much less. To be taught extra, try our weblog submit or watch the total session.

#AndroidDevSummit kicks off now!

We simply dropped over 30 technical periods, which you can watch right here at your individual tempo. And over the following two days, now we have much more stay content material so that you can get pleasure from – together with your alternative to get your burning #AskAndroid questions answered by the crew who constructed Android on subjects like Fashionable Android Improvement, Massive Screens, or Compose with Materials You. Plus, we’ll even be internet hosting stay Android Code-Alongs, the place you possibly can tune in to look at Android specialists as they code, deal with programming challenges, and reply your questions stay throughout Jetpack Compose and Compose for Put on OS. You’ll be able to try the full agenda with timings right here. Whereas we are able to’t await the chance to attach with you in individual quickly, we’re excited to have interaction with you remotely over the following two days. Take pleasure in your #AndroidDevSummit!