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Google is about to launch a new SDK to make Android apps run on a variety of devices

Posting time:2022-12-06 01:04:32

Google is about to launch a new SDK to make Android apps run on a variety of devices

Google wants to make it easier for developers to create Android apps that run on a variety of devices in some way. In a blog post published today, Google explained that the company is about to release a cross-device software development kit (SDK) that includes the tools developers need to get their apps running on Android devices, non-Android phones, tablets, TVs, cars, and more. of various tools. The SDK is integrated to allow developers to perform three key actions on their applications: discovering nearby devices, establishing a secure connection between devices, and hosting the application experience on multiple devices. Its cross-device SDK is said to use Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Ultra Wideband to provide multi-device connectivity. Google describes various use cases for its cross-device SDK on its documentation page, and it looks like it could come in handy in many scenarios. For example, it lets multiple users on different devices select items from a menu when creating a group takeout order, saving you from passing your phone around the room. It also lets you pick up where you left off in an article when switching from phone to tablet, and even lets passengers in the car share a specific map location with the vehicle's navigation system. This almost sounds like an extension for Nearby Share, which enables users on Android to transfer files to devices using Chrome OS and other Androids. In April, Esper's Mishaal Rahman spotted an upcoming Nearby Share update that will allow you to quickly share files between devices that are signed into Google. Google also said during its CES 2022 keynote that it will bring Nearby Share to Windows devices later this year. The Cross-Device Toolkit is currently available in developer preview and is currently only available for Android phones and tablets. Google eventually hopes to expand support to "other Android and non-Android operating systems," including iOS and Windows, but a launch date isn't yet known. Since the feature is still in its early stages, we may not expect to see apps connecting between iOS and Android devices anytime soon.

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