Every Monday we take a step back and take a look at all the cool stuff that went down during the previous week. Last week was a particularly exciting one for Android enthusiasts since Google made some big announcements at its I/O conference!
Google released the beta version of Android P, the company’s latest mobile operating system, and it’s stuffed with all kinds of smartness! Machine learning enthusiasts, gather round; it’s play time!
It just won’t go away. The legal battle between Google and Oracle shows no signs of stopping. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently ruled in favor of Oracle. In short, this means Google could owe Oracle billions in damages.
Everything is going like clockwork in the Android world. It’s March, which means Google is releasing the first developer preview of the next Android version —Android P.
We’ve been talking about Kotlin’s first-class status for the past five months — and now that Android Studio 3.0 is here, it’s possible to add Kotlin to your project. This is not the only highlight of the latest Android Studio release —support for Java 8 language features has been improved, there’s an Android Plugin for Gradle 3.0.0 and the list goes on.
The first edition of Realm Report is here — this quarterly publication aims to dive deep into the geography of mobile. According to their predictions, Kotlin will overtake Java in December 2018. Let’s find out if/why you should drop Java and give Kotlin a shot.
As the new LinkedIn app was launched, the California-based tech giant realized that their testing environment was unreliable, which meant that tests failed occasionally. This is where Test Butler comes into play.
Google has announced its intention to use OpenJDK instead of the Apache Harmony implementation of Java Libraries in future Android versions. This came as a surprise to many developers and brought up lots of questions. We talked to Android expert Christian Meder about the consequences of Google’s decision for deveoplers.
A reference in Hacker News to a code basis commit deemed as “mysterious” gave the starting signal, followed by an official confirmation on the Google website at the end of the year: for the next Android version, Java API implementation will be replaced by OpenJDK, the open source version of JDK.
To all Android developers still using Eclipse, there’s a better life out there, says Android Studio enthusiast Sebastian Guillen, who walks us through some efficiency-enhancing features that sealed the deal after moving from Eclipse.
Oracle has proposed an OpenJDK project that aims to breathe new life into Mobile Java by porting the JDK to popular mobile platforms like iOS, Android and Windows Mobile.
Google will no longer support Eclipse plugins for Android development after shifting to a greater focus on Android Studio. Punters wishing to stick with Eclipse will need to seek out open-source alternatives before support dries up at the end of 2015.
The JVM language Kotlin is celebrating its 11th release with over 220 bug fixes and a surprise for Android developers.