How Android App Development Became Kotlin-first

Kristen Carter
May 17, 2019 · 5 min read
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Why Google wanted something better than Java?

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Why Google chose Kotlin as a primary language for android app development?

Kotlin isn’t a new language developed by Google. It is an open-source language developed by JetBrains (a well-recognized development partner with Google) back in 2011. But it never received the recognition it deserved until Google introduced Kotlin as an official language for android app development along with Java and C++ at its annual I/O in 2017.

  1. One major complaint with Java for Android app development was the NullPointerException. Kotlin addressed this issue by forcing developers to explicitly allow variables to be null and negate any such problems.
  2. It is generally hard for developers to migrate to new languages, especially when you’re used to developing android apps on a language as old as Java. This issue was easily addressed by the Android Studio’s Java to Kotlin conversion feature which let developers convert Java code directly into Kotlin.
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The road ahead for Android app development with Kotlin

Google does not intend to replace Java by introducing Kotlin and promoting its use in android app development. But it simply needs something to run along with the former.

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