Kotlin is basically an OSS statically typed programming language which is introduced by JetBrains in 2011. In the I / O 2017 held 2 years ago, Google has mentioned about this language for the first time on a big platform and had announced to support Kotlin language for App Development. And now after 2 years in I / O 2019, Google has done a new surprising announcement, according to which Kotlin will now be Google’s primary language for the Android app development.
Relate to this Google said that, “Android development will become increasingly Kotlin-first.” Google Team also added that “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 mean much less code for you–less code to type, test, and maintain.”
Considering Java to be the first choice for Android app development from a long time, suddenly this decision of making kotlin the preferred language for app development, surprise everyone. But all this did not happen suddenly, there were many reasons behind it. For the past few years, the popularity of this language has also increased considerably among developers, where very few people knew about this language two years ago, today at present about 50% professional developers using this language for app development. And as per the latest Stack Overflow developer survey, kotlin has become the fourth-most loved programming language.
Apart from these, Kotlin is a language that is very similar to the Java language and that makes it a known language, but there are things also that make it different and well-suited, such as It provides good useful features to Developers, as well as it has more clean syntax than Java, And so on. And there are many such reasons why this language has become the first choice of not only Google but also many other developers.
After this announcement many developers who still like to work in Java and other programming languages, many questions arise in their minds, for which Google also responded, “We understand that not everybody is on Kotlin right now, but we believe that you should get there.” “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.”
So This is all about Google’s new decision to make Kotlin as Google’s preferred language for Android app development. Hopefully, you understand everything but still if you have any questions regarding this article so you can ask us in the comments section.