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Now in Android #42

App Bundles, Navigation, Wear Compose, Android for Cars, Nearby APIs, Coroutines, Foldable devices, and more!

Manuel Vivo
Jul 9 · 5 min read

Welcome to Now in Android, your ongoing guide to what’s new and notable in the world of Android development.

NiA42 in Video and Podcast Form


App Bundles 📦

If you haven’t made the switch to app bundles yet, read the blog post to know the benefits of app bundles and how they help both developers and users.

MAD Skills: More Navigation wrap-up 🧭

As usual, there’s a wrap-up blog for the series, with all of the links to the episode videos and articles, plus links to relevant technologies:

But Wait, There’s More MAD content!

AndroidX Releases 🚀

Jetpack Compose and DataStore have now reached release candidate status meaning the 1.0 stable releases are right around the corner!

Now that Jetpack Compose is going stable soon, more and more technologies will start adopting it. And that’s already the case of… WearOS! Wear Compose is a new library to write apps for Wearable devices using Jetpack Compose. It supports Wear Material Design and the first alpha version of the library just landed. Read more about what’s included in the release notes!

Articles 📗

Better physical stories with Google’s Nearby APIs

The first part of the series is about the first use case, the Nearby Messages API that allows you to send small binary payloads between internet-connected Android and iOS devices.

Two-way communication without internet: Nearby Connections

Scope Storage Myths

Advanced Usage of WorkManager in multi-process apps

repeatOnLifecycle API design story

Tabletop mode on foldable devices

Android for Cars 🚗

ADB Podcast Episodes 🎧

Episode #168: Material Composition is the third episode of our mini-series on Jetpack Compose (AD/BC), where Nick and Romain are joined by Clara Bayarri and Matvei Malkov to talk about Compose’s support for Material Design. They discuss how Compose supports Material Components and Material Theming out of the box, how you can customize your composables, Material You, and more!

In Episode #169: Testing, Romain and Tor are joined by Adarsh Fernando, Arif Sukoco and Yahan Zhou from the Android Studio team to cover the recent improvements to testing such as automated test snapshots, the Test Matrix tool, and the unified Gradle test runner, and Gradle managed virtual devices.

Now then… 👋

Android Developers

The official Android Developers publication on Medium