The internet giant Google has said it will officially support Kotlin on Android as a “first-class” language. This comes just two years after Google announced support for it in Android Studio IDE at I/O 2017, despite Java being the long preferred language for development. In fact, Android Studio – the official developer tool of Google, is based on what JetBrains IDE has built, which is the new super programming language it developed – Kotlin. This is a language that runs on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM). So, it is possible to use it on many other JVM languages for app development. Android doesn’t exactly use the JVM but the roots of Java are strong.
Kotlins interoperability with Java is what has made it a preferred choice for Android developers. Google will include Kotlin tools in Android Studio 3.0 by default. Google and JetBrains pledge to support the language to go forward. Many new Jetpack APIs will be offered first in Kotlin. Over the years Kotlin’s popularity has surged and now over 50% of Android developers use it, according to Google’s developer survey Stack Overflow.
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