Google has been using Kotlin programming language for Android mobile app development for two years. Java used to rule this area for years. But not anymore, that throne has been snapped by Kotlin.
In the ongoing Google’s I/O keynote announcement, Google said that now Kotlin is the primary language for writing Android apps.
Chet Haase, the chief advocate for Android, said,
“With that, it makes sense for Google to increase its Kotlin support. We’re announcing that the next big step that we’re taking is that we’re going Kotlin-first.”
In addition to the introduction of new tools, Kotlin creator JetBrains and Google both are providing training in the language. You must be thinking about what would be the reason behind Google’s decision to make ‘Android Kotlin first’. Well, here is the answer to why Kotlin is referred language for android app development.
In 2017, Google announced further support for Kotlin in its Android Studio IDE. Presently, more than 50 percent of professional Android developers use Kotlin as a primary language for writing Android apps. According to the survey by Stack Overflow, it secured the fourth position in the most loved programming language.
Google in its developer’s blog post stated,
"Many new Jetpack APIs and features will be offered first in Kotlin. If you're starting a new project, you should write it in Kotlin. Code that is written in Kotlin often means much less code for you–less code to type, test, and maintain.”
Chet Haase further added,
“We understand that not everybody is on Kotlin right now, but we believe that you should get there. There may be valid reasons for you to still be using the C++ and Java programming languages and that’s totally fine. These are not going away.”
However, Java developers don’t need to worry as Google still provides the support for Java and C++ for Android app development. And if you’re looking to add Kotlin to your app development skills, then you can take a 30-minute crash course to help you get started with Kotlin.
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