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Concepts users spend 70% more time using the app on tablets than on phones

Posted by the Android team Concepts is a digital illustration app created by TopHatch that helps creative thinkers bring their visions to life. The app uses an infinitely-large canvas format, so its users can sketch, plan, and edit all of their big ideas without limitation, while its vector-based ink provides the precision needed to refine and reorganize their ideas as …

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What’s new in WindowManager 1.1.0-beta01

Posted by Jon Eckenrode, Technical Writer, Software Engineering The 1.1.0-beta01 release of Jetpack WindowManager continues the library’s steady progress toward stable release of version 1.1.0. The beta adds an assortment of new features and capabilities, which are ready for testing and early adoption today! We need your feedback so we can make WindowManager work best for you. Add the 1.1.0-beta01 …

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Mercari reduces 355K lines of code, a 69% difference, by rebuilding with Jetpack Compose

Posted by the Android team In 2020, the Mercari team took on a big initiative to update its app’s technical infrastructure. At the time, its codebase was seven years old and hadn’t undergone any major architectural updates. This affected the team’s ability to develop new features and release timely app updates. To resolve this technical debt, Mercari launched what it …

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Android Studio Flamingo is stable

Posted by Steven Jenkins, Product Manager, Android Studio Today, we are thrilled to announce the stable release of Android Studio Flamingo🦩: The official IDE for building Android apps! This release includes improvements to help you build pixel-perfect UI with Live Edit, new features that assist with inspecting your app, IntelliJ updates, and more. Read on or watch the video to …

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Kotlin DSL is Now the Default for New Gradle Builds

Posted by James Ward, Product Manager, Kotlin and Boris Farber, Developer Relations Engineer Android has been Kotlin-first for four years and many Android developers have made the switch resulting in higher productivity and more stable apps. However the default language to define builds has been Groovy (build.gradle), even though a Kotlin (build.gradle.kts) option has existed in Gradle for a number …

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Giving Users More Transparency and Control Over Account Data

Posted by Bethel Otuteye, Senior Director, Product Management, Android App Safety Google Play has launched a number of recent initiatives to help developers build consumer trust by showcasing their apps’ privacy and security practices in a way that is simple and easy to understand. Today, we’re building on this work with a new data deletion policy that aims to empower …

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Android Developers Blog: Android 14 Beta 1

Posted by Dave Burke, VP of Engineering Today we’re releasing the first Beta of Android 14, building around our core themes of privacy, security, performance, developer productivity, and user customization while continuing to improve the large-screen device experience on tablets, foldables, and more. We’ve been making steady progress refining the features and stability of Android 14, and it’s time to …

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What’s new in multiplatform Jetpack libraries

Posted by Márton Braun, Developer Relations Engineer To support developers who are already using Kotlin Multiplatform for sharing business logic across mobile platforms, we previously released experimental multiplatform previews of the Collections and DataStore Jetpack libraries, and we’ve been receiving great feedback from the community. The multiplatform Collections and DataStore libraries are now moving from experimental developer previews to alpha …

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Reduce uninstalls for your app with auto-archive

Reduce uninstalls Posted by Chang Liu and Lidia Gaymond, Product Managers, Google Play Did you know that one of the main reasons users uninstall apps is to free up space? Today, whenever users try to install a new app on a nearly-full device, they see a dialog that allows them to manually uninstall the app to make room. However, sometimes …

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