Android supports a new coding language, Kotlin! More great news for developers at the Google I/O conference 2017.

For the first time at a Google I/O conference, Google is announcing that Android will support a new coding language. This is exciting news for the future of the OS, supporting new techniques for developers and more. Kotlin runs in a familiar way, running on top of a Java Virtual Machine, or compiled to Java source code. This is basically what current supported languages offer. The up front benefit is improvements to runtime exceptions and source code verbosity.

Android Studio 3.0 will support Kotlin right out of the box, making it easy to get started with the new language. The way that the language is supported allows you to gradually roll in new features. There is no need to completely re-write your application to make the change.

This is a partnership between Google and JetBrains, the folks behind Kotlin. They offer a standalone experience, as some of you may already know, but now even more will get involved through Android. Stay tuned for more details on Kotlin and more from Google I/O 2017.

Jonathan Feist
Android purist and enthusiast, rarely more than arms reach from a stock Nexus 7. Often accused of being a Google fanboy, proud of it. Proponent for Android customization and personalization, if you can change it, make it your own!
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