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Now in Android #56

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

MAD Skills: DataStore

The DataStore MAD Skills series rolls on! In the sixth episode, Simona Stojanovic covered DataStore: Best Practices part 2 covering DataStore-to-DataStore migration. This is used when you make significant changes to your dataset like renaming your data model values or changing their type.

For the final part of the DataStore series, Simona covered DataStore and testing and teaches you how to fully test your DataStore.

For even more DataStore don’t miss the live Q&A happening this Thursday February 24, 2022 at 10AM PST on our YouTube channel.

For ongoing content, be sure to check the MAD Skills playlist on YouTube, the articles on Medium, or this handy landing page that points to all of it.

Jetpack Compose 1.1 is now stable!

Last week we released version 1.1 of Jetpack Compose and Florina Muntenescu wrote an article giving us all the information! This release contains new features like improved focus handling, touch target sizing, ImageVector caching and support for Android 12 stretch overscroll. This also means that previously experimental APIs are now stable. Check out our recently updated samples, codelabs, and the Accompanist library!

Material You: Coming to more Android Devices near you

Material You will soon be available on more Android 12 phones globally including devices by Samsung, Oppo, OnePlus and more! Material You has made the Android experience more fluid and personal than ever. Our OEM partners continue to work with us to ensure that key design APIs work consistently across the Android ecosystem so developers can benefit from a cohesive experience.

The first developer preview of Android 13

We’re sharing a first look at the next release of Android, with the Android 13 Developer Preview 1. With Android 13 we’re continuing some important themes: privacy and security, as well as developer productivity. We’ll also build on some of the newer updates we made in 12L to help you take advantage of the 250+ million large screen Android devices currently running.

AndroidX releases 🚀

Let’s take a look at what’s been up with AndroidX releases since the last episode of Now in Android.

Since Compose just went stable, the Animation, Compiler, Foundation, Material, Runtime and UI Versions also went stable! Games-Text-Input and ProfileInstaller also went stable!

There are a bunch of new APIs in alpha including new Testing APIs (Test Runner, Test Monitor, Test Services and Test Orchestrator), Metrics Version and Startup Version.

Now then… 👋

That’s it for this time, with Jetpack Compose 1.1 stable, DataStore MAD Skills series, Material You, developer preview of Android 13, AndroidX releases and more! Come back here soon for the next update from the Android developer universe.

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