Google has announced support for a number of new Android application development tools, including the creation of a new category of folding device support, at the Developer Summit last week.
After years of exaggeration and speculation, it finally seems as if smart phones are turning on display on the market. Google's announcement has announced a bit about Samsung announcing its own Infinity Flex Display prototype phone / tablet development conference.
Android tools will use a new display technology that literally bends and folds, said Stephanie Cuthbertson, Product Management Manager at Google. The technology is based on two screen design variations: two-screen devices and one-screen devices.
In any case, new devices will look like a phone when folded, so it will fit into your pocket or purse. When unveiled, they will display screen continuity without any problems. For example, when the device unlocks with an active image that is already in use, the image will be switched to a larger screen without intrusions or distortions.
"Official support for the Android development team means that compelling phones are seriously perceived as a new type of device," said Brandon Ackroyd, Customer Insight Manager
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Consumer interest in disposable folding devices is still an unknown factor. One could argue that if you build them, nobody will come.
While Google's new developer support is good for Samsung and other manufacturers who work on folding devices, Ackroyd does not think it means that phones that can be made are a prerequisite for the future.
"Right now, I do not see a case of use or any visible benefits," he told LinuxInsider. "What I see is, however, proof of the concept of this kind of folding display technology, and I think we will see that many others will soon use it. [it will become] a new generation type that can be worn completely around your wrist. "
Folding mobile devices are not guaranteed to be successful because technology goes from concept to reality, observes Charles King, chief analyst at Pund-IT.
"In many ways, smartphone users are the world's largest community of laboratory rats, in the sense that they are so ready to follow wherever mobile device manufacturers are leading in terms of new features and functions," he told LinuxInsider.
It was not so long ago that too many smart phones were made by a few adventurous suppliers called phablets, he remembers, but today bigger shape factors dominate the high end of the market.
Foldables could catch consumers who are tired of bagging around phones that resemble books with soft books. Those consumers still want large screens for media consumption.
"It will be interesting to see if this happens or if the customers simply stick to the draft they know," the king said.
Given the resources available today, manufacturers have a good chance of creating foldable consumer devices appealing devices, Rob Webber suggests, CEO
Futuristic looking folding smart phones have always been a dream concept, he pointed out.
"Smart phones have been developing dramatically since they were invented for the first time, especially their screens," Webber told LinuxInsider, reminding of the stylus input before Apple introduced touch sensitive screens responding to electric impulses generated by the user's fingertips.
"We are now in a stage where the screens are from edge to edge of the standard. Some might say that folding screens are just the next step in the ladder," he said.
However, it is unlikely that the new technology will be a simple transition, Webber added. It will be faced with many obstacles before technology advances. The key to success of a mobile device that can be made is the integration of hardware and software, which will lead to time for manufacturers to be perfect.
Cost may also be a problem. With the constantly rising prices of new smart phones, if folding devices cost considerably more, they can only be invited to a very niche market, Webber concluded.
"By saying this, I think we are currently in an exciting stage that marks the beginning of the emerging battle between the manufacturers and the beginning of a very flexible future," he said.
Potential exploitation and failure
Money does not have to be the only cost factor that will confront consumers if they accept folding screens. Smaller devices that are still widespread may be more attractive to hackers than consumers, said Mike Banic, vice president of marketing at
The number of web browsers on your mobile device is constantly increasing. A new mobile technology that facilitates the use of mobile devices to create and consume information means that attackers will take advantage of this trend, he told LinuxInsider.
In addition, the number of mobile vulnerabilities is highest in Android applications, mostly due to its open source nature and questionable third-party shopping software applications, Banich said.
"Mechanical could be a point of failure that could get stalled adoption," he noted.
Unfinished support for Google Dev
Google's plan to bring additional Android Developer Application Tools is part of the current program. Announcements at the Dev Summit suggest that the company has decided to take an aggressive approach.
New features will be deployed to many developers who are considered "partners". Availability will then be extended to devices before eventually becoming accessible to everyone.
"This is a solid group announcement that most Android developers will welcome," said King Pund-IT. "As soon as the market smartphone market seemed to be in the worst case, introducing support for new features and shape factors could offer Android device manufacturers what they needed to show their products from the crowd and attract customer interest."
- Updates for Kotlin's programming language
Kotlin is not a language developed by Google, but it is the one that devs favored. Last week,
JetBrains has released the latest version of Kotlin, 1.3, which introduces new language features, APIs, bug fixes, and performance improvements.
It became the fastest growing language, in terms of the number of collaborators on GitHub, and they voted for the second favorite language on the stack overflow.
In Google surveys, as many developers use Kotlin, it is a greater pleasure, according to Google Cuthbertson.
- Android Jetpack
Google announced new Jetpack libraries, the next generation of Android tools and APIs to accelerate the development of Android applications. It contains two new library components of Architecture: Navigation and Work Manager, which will move to Beta this month.
The navigation architecture component offers a simplified way to apply Android's navigation principles in the app. In addition, the new navigational editor in Android Studio creates and edits the navigation architecture.
Jetpack navigation editor
This removes the navigation pad while navigation navigation with light animated crossings and more. WorkManager makes it easy to perform background tasks in the most effective way by selecting the most appropriate solution based on the application level and device API level.
Google moves Android Slices to public search experiments. Slides are a new way to attract users to the app. It acts as a mine clip application that covers the content and actions.
"In addition to announcements, the most interesting corner was the further development of Google Slices, and this new concept for Android apps lets you push relevant components and features of their applications to other sites, such as Google search," said Ackroyd Tiger Mobiles,
By downloading a small part of the app directly from the search results, users can get almost an original application experience without completely opening the application, he said. For example, if you search "What is the price of Tesla shares?" and you've installed a share app, that app may use a "slice" to provide you with information.
Google announced the Slices concept with Android 9 Pie. This new paradigm allows apps to renew relevant components and features in their natural locations, such as Google search.
This month, Google will make Slices available within the public program for early access to partners. Google will also start experimenting in the Search app so that the surface of the various slogans might be relevant.
- Android Studio
Android Studio, Google's official IDE for Android development, has a new focus on productivity, building speed, quality and basics.
Google launched Android Studio 3.3 beta 3 last week. Upcoming releases will add a strong focus on quality and basics. Earlier this year, Google also announced the development of Android Studio on Chrome OS.
- Android and dynamic features
Android's suite of apps is a new release format that only serves the code and resources that users need to run the app on their special devices. This will reduce application sizes with an average savings of 35 to 40 percent compared to the universal APK.
The app pool now supports non-compressed source libraries. Without additional needs for developers, the suite of applications now makes applications using native libraries an average of 8 percent less download and 16 percent less on disk on M + devices.
- API updates via app
Google provides additional controls to ensure that users are launching the latest and greatest version of their apps. Application app applications within the app will provide two opportunities to develop.
The first is a full-screen experience for critical updates when you expect a user to update to apply immediately.
Another option is flexible updating. Allows users to continue with the existing installed version until the update is downloaded. Developer can use it to ensure that users have the latest version as the app can be pushed to be installed in the background with the auto-update feature.
- Currently detecting
Google hopes to make instant apps easier to adopt. The company has recently used web URLs as an option, so the devs can send their existing deep traffic link traffic to the current experience if available.
Similarly, Google has set the current application size limit to 10 MB for the Try Now button at Play Store and Web Banner for easier adoption.