Posted by Matthew McCullough, Vice President, Product Administration, Android Developer
At the moment, at Google I/O 2023, you noticed how we’re ushering in vital breakthroughs in AI throughout all of Google. For Android builders, we see this know-how serving to you out in your stream, saving you time so you may concentrate on constructing participating new experiences on your customers. Time saving instruments are going to be much more vital, as your customers are asking you to assist their experiences throughout an increasing portfolio of screens, like giant screens and wearables specifically. Throughout the Google and Developer Keynotes, Android confirmed you quite a few methods to assist you on this mission to assist construct nice experiences on your customers; learn on for our 14 new issues to know on the planet of Android Developer (and sure, we additionally confirmed you the most recent Beta for Android 14!).
BRINGING AI INTO YOUR WORKFLOW
#1: Leverage AI in your growth with Studio Bot
#2: Generate Play Retailer Listings with AI
Beginning in the present day, while you draft a retailer itemizing in English, you’ll have the ability to use Google’s Generative-AI know-how that will help you get began. Simply open our AI helper in Google Play Console, enter a few prompts, like an viewers and a key theme, and it’ll generate a draft you may edit, discard, or use. As a result of you may all the time evaluate, you’re in full management of what you submit and publish on Google Play.
BUILDING FOR A MULTI-DEVICE WORLD
#3: Going large on Android foldables & tablets
Google is all in on giant screens, with two new Android gadgets coming from Pixel – the Pixel Fold and the Pixel Pill – and 50+ Google apps optimized to look nice on the Android giant display screen ecosystem, alongside a spread of apps from builders around the globe. It’s a nice time to take a position, with improved instruments and steerage like the brand new Pixel Fold and Pixel Pill emulator configurations in Android Studio Hedgehog Canary 3, expanded Material design updates, and inspiration for gaming and creativity apps. You can begin optimizing for these and different giant display screen gadgets by studying the do’s and don’ts of optimizing your Android app for giant screens and watching the Growing top quality apps for giant screens and foldables session.
#4: Put on OS: Watch faces, Put on OS 4, & Tiles animations
Put on OS lively gadgets have grown 5x since launching Put on OS 3, so there’s extra purpose than ever to construct an ideal app expertise for the wrist. That will help you in your manner, we introduced the brand new Watch Face Format, a brand new declarative XML format in-built partnership with Samsung that will help you deliver your nice concept to the watch face market. We’re additionally releasing new APIs to deliver wealthy animations to tiles and serving to you prepare for the following technology of platform updates with the Put on OS 4 Developer Preview. Be taught extra about all the most recent updates by trying out our weblog, watching the session, and looking on the model new Wear OS gallery.
#5: Android Well being: An interconnected well being expertise throughout apps and gadgets
With 50+ apps in our Well being Join ecosystem and 100+ apps built-in with Well being Companies, we’re bettering Android Well being choices so extra builders can work collectively to deliver distinctive well being and health experiences to customers. Well being Join is coming to Android 14 this fall, making it even simpler for customers to manage how their well being knowledge is being shared throughout apps instantly from Settings on their system. Learn extra about what we introduced at I/O and take a look at our Health Services documentation, Health Connect documentation, and code samples to get began!
#6: Android for Vehicles: New apps & experiences
Our efforts in automobiles proceed to develop: Android Auto will probably be out there in 200 million automobiles this 12 months and the variety of cars with Google built-in will double in the identical interval. It’s simpler than ever to port current Android apps to automobiles and convey completely new experiences to automobiles, like video and video games. To get began, try the What’s New with Android for Vehicles session and take a look at the developer weblog.
#7: Android TV: Compose for TV and extra!
We proceed our dedication to bringing the perfect of the app ecosystem to Android TV OS. At the moment, we’re saying Compose for TV, the most recent UI framework for growing lovely and useful apps for Android TV OS. To study extra, learn the weblog put up and take a look at the developer guides, design reference, our new codelab and sample code. Additionally, please continue to give us feedback so we are able to proceed shaping Compose for TV to suit your wants.
#8: Assistant: Simplified voice experiences throughout Android
Constructing Google Assistant integrations inside acquainted Android growth paths is even simpler than earlier than. With the brand new App Actions Check Library and the Google Assistant plugin for Android Studio–which is now additionally out there for Put on and Auto–it’s now simpler to code, simpler to emulate your consumer’s expertise to forecast consumer expectations, and simpler to deploy App Actions integrations throughout major and complementary Android gadgets. To get began, try the session What’s new in Android development tools and take a look at the developer documentation.
MODERN ANDROID DEVELOPMENT
#9: Construct UI with Compose throughout screens
Jetpack Compose, our fashionable UI toolkit for Android growth has been steadily growing in the Android community: 24% of the highest 1000 apps on Google Play are utilizing Jetpack Compose, which has doubled from final 12 months. We’re bringing Compose to much more surfaces with Compose for TV in alpha, and homescreen widgets with Look, now in beta. Learn extra about what we introduced at Google I/O, and get began with Compose for constructing UI throughout screens.
#10: Use Kotlin in all places, all through your app
The Kotlin programming language is on the core of our growth platform, and we preserve increasing the dimensions of Kotlin assist for Android apps. We’re collaborating with JetBrains on the brand new K2 compiler, and are actively engaged on integration into our instruments corresponding to Android Studio, Android Lint, KSP, Compose and many others and leveraging Google’s giant Kotlin codebases to confirm compatibility of the brand new compiler. We now advocate utilizing Kotlin DSL for construct scripts. Watch the What’s new in Kotlin for Android talk to study extra.
#11: App High quality Insights now comprise Android Vitals studies
Android Studio’s App High quality Insights allows you to entry Firebase Crashlytics problem studies instantly from the IDE, permitting you to navigate between stack hint and code with a click on, use filters to see solely an important points, and see report particulars that will help you reproduce points. Within the newest launch of Android Studio, now you can view vital crash studies from Android Vitals, all with out including any extra SDKs or instrumentation to your app. Learn extra about Android Studio Hedgehog for updates in your favourite Android Studio options.
AND THE LATEST FROM ANDROID & PLAY
#12: What’s new in Play
Get the most recent updates from Google Play, together with new methods to drive viewers development and monetization. Now you can create customized retailer listings for extra consumer segments together with inactive customers, and shortly for visitors from particular Google Adverts campaigns. New itemizing teams additionally make it simpler to create and keep a number of listings. Optimize your monetization technique with value experiments for in-app merchandise and new subscription capabilities that let you supply a number of costs per billing interval. Find out about these updates and extra in our weblog put up.
#13: Design lovely Android apps with the brand new Android UI Design Hub
To make it even simpler to construct compelling UI throughout kind components, try the brand new Android UI Design Hub. A complete useful resource to know create user-friendly interfaces for Android with steerage – sharing takeaways, examples and do’s and don’ts, figma starter kits, UI code samples and inspirational galleries.
#14: And naturally, Android 14!
We simply launched Android 14 Beta 2, bringing enhancements to the platform round digital camera and media, privateness and safety, system UI, and developer productiveness. Get enthusiastic about new options and adjustments together with Well being Join, extremely HDR for pictures, predictive again, and ML. ML Equipment is launching new APIs like face mesh and doc scanner, and Acceleration Service in customized ML stack is now in public beta so you may ship extra fluid, decrease latency consumer experiences. Be taught extra about Beta 2 and get began by downloading the beta onto a supported system or testing your app within the Emulator.
This was only a small peek of a number of the new methods Android is right here to assist assist you. Don’t neglect to take a look at the Android track at Google I/O, together with a few of our favourite talks like how to Reduce reliance on passwords in Android apps with passkey support and Building for the future of Android. The new Activity embedding learning pathway can be now out there to allow you to distinguish your apps on tablets, foldables, and ChromeOS gadgets. Whether or not you’re becoming a member of us on-line or in-person at one of many occasions around the globe, we hope you’ve got an ideal Google I/O – and we are able to’t wait to see the nice experiences you construct with the updates which can be popping out in the present day!