In the recently held Google I/O 2018 Developer’s Conference, Google CEO Sundar Pichai made some of the biggest announcements.
The major announcements include the introduction of Android P, the contribution of AI and ML in the health sector, the Google Assistant, the smart compose feature in Gmail, Google Photos and much more.
One of the important tools that came into the spotlight during the Google I/O 2018 Developer’s Conference was the introduction of Android Jetpack – the tool to fuel the process of app development.
What is Android Jetpack?
If defined in literal terms, Android Jetpack is a set of components, tools or a guidebook that can help Android app developers in building unique apps. The components of Android Jetpack will offer the additional architectural components and extended Support Library. They have been further categorized into four divisions namely User Interface (UI), Foundation, Architecture and Behavior.
After the introduction of Android P and announcement of major changes to Android app development, Google’s Jetpack is set to rock the mobile world. Once the Jetpack gains the full functionality, the apps can be added and deployed into the Play Store easily.
The Jetpack components also have the support of the “unbundled libraries” but it is not related to the primary Android platform. This enables the developers to implement every component at their own pace.
Further, if you’re quick enough, you can offer new features to your users in just one day. The unbundled Android Jetpack libraries have moved to the new androidx.*namespace.
Benefits of Android Jetpack
Key Components Associated with Android Jetpack
It also offers updated and simple API, which in turn allows the developers to work on devices without taking any help from Google Play Services. Further, you can also develop graphs of work besides inquiring the status of work.
It also increases the speed of endless scrolling with the help of RecyclerView. It loads the paged data either from the network or from the local storage or even both thereby making easy for you to update your content.
Now, what is that inconsistency? Talking about the Android platforms, screens can be created with a couple of things; first is taking an activity for every single screen, while the second option is taking single activity and different fragment for each of the screens or may be a mix match.
This becomes a challenging task for the developers. Therefore, Navigation has been launched to address that issue and make things easier. This component will offer full extended support to the fragments. Further, you also receive added advantage of the Architecture Components including ViewModel and Lifecycle.
Google has introduced the Android Jetpack with an aim to accelerate the speed of Android application development process. It comes with a myriad of advantages such as Support Library, the Architecture Components as well as other new components.
What else! It will also extend support to Android Studio and Kotlin language. Mobile app developers and Android app development service providers can also send their feedback and share their experience of using Android Jetpack to Google by visiting its official website.