Google has recently announced that they now prefer Kotlin as the preferred language for Android App development.
According to a Google blogpost:
“Android development will become increasingly Kotlin-first.”
“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 written in Kotlin often means much less code for you – less code to type, test, and maintain.”
Google has initially announced support for Kotlin in its Android Studio IDE during the I/O back in 2017. It first came as a big surprise because Java has always been the preferred language for app development for Android.
But over these past 2 years, Kotlin has increased in popularity and even getting the 4th spot for most loved programming languages according to developers. Also, around 50% of professional Android developers now use Kotlin in developing Android apps. Not to mention it is also among the top programming languages with the highest paying salaries.
According to chief advocate for Android, Chet Haase:
“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.”
“We understand that not everybody is on Kotlin right now, but we believe that you should get there.”
With Java 13 just right around the corner, Java developers should not worry as Google will continue to provide support for Java and C++ for Android app development as Haase added:
“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.”
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