Android app developers are always eager to know and implement various technological updates and tools to enhance their productivity, cut time to market, and improve the quality. The recent release of Android jetpack is meeting these needs beautifully.
Recently, Google has announced release of Android jetpack in Google I/O 2018 Developer’s Conference and try to ease the life of Android app developers who used to struggle a lot while creating a unique, complex, and significant scale Android apps with quick turnarounds.
Android jetpack is a set of libraries, tools, and architectural guidance with common infrastructural code. Thus, it lets developers focus on development tasks for unique apps.
Ultimate Advantages of Android JetpackOut of many, some following benefits of Android Jetpack is noteworthy.
Accelerate Android App DevelopmentEven though Android jetpack components are altogether different entities, but have the adaptability to work together, mainly when Android developers are using Kotlin and going to leverage its outstanding feature to be more productive.
Saves Developers from Boilerplate CodeIt manages tedious activities during Android development processes such as navigation, background tasks, and app lifecycle management. Thus, it eliminates to do boilerplate coding for developers and enable them to deliver the great app.
Allows to Create Robust Apps with High QualityAndroid jetpack is following the modern design practices, and its components are enabling fewer crashes, less memory leak, and with backward compatibility.
Organized and Categorized Components of Android JetpackAndroid jetpack has several additional architectural components and libraries with extended support. Thus, we can categorize all into four divisions:
|AppCompat Android KTX Multidex Test||Data Binding Lifecycles LiveData Navigation Paging Room ViewModel WorkManager||Download manager Media & playback Notifications Permissions Sharing Slices||Animation & transitions Auto Emoji Fragment Layout Palette TV Wear OS by Google|
Foundation Components of Android Jetpack
Foundation components are for core system capabilities, extensions & support for multidex, and automated testing.
Let’s check how foundation components of Android jetpack can enhance app development experiences for Android app developers.
AppCompatIt provides backward compatibility with older versions of Android OS and devices by degrading gracefully.
Android KTXIt allows writing idiomatic Kotlin code more concisely. It is a group of extension to support Kotlin to simplify and cut boilerplate code.
MultidexIt offers support for apps using multiple DEX files.
TestIt is an Android framework for testing Unit and Runtime UI tests.
Architecture Components of Android JetpackIt is an accumulation of libraries to design robust, testable, and maintainable apps. It has classes for managing UI component lifecycle and data persistence. Let’s check details on how we can use architectural components individually and in combination.
Data BindingIt helps to bind observable data to UI elements.
LifecyclesIt assists in designing UI, which automatically responds to lifecycle events.
LiveDataIt builds data objects to notify views whenever changes in underlying database take place.
It helps in managing everything required in the development of in-app navigation. Technically, in-app navigation is a framework that builds the structure of UI. While developing in-app navigation, developers were facing issues of inconsistency in sharing and transition of data.
Navigation components help in dealing with inconsistency and extend full support to fragments.
PagingIt loads a significant amount of data within UIs of your app gradually yet gracefully. It helps in enhancing the speed of scrolling using RecyclerView.
RoomIt provides access to SQLite databases along with in-app objects and compile-time check.
ViewModelIt stores UI data that remain persistent even during app rotations.
WorkManagerIt helps in managing background tasks of Android apps. It provides solutions to constraint-based background tasks at one place. It offers an API that allows developers to work on devices without any help from Google Play Services.
Behavior Components of Android JetpackJust like architectural components, behavioral components are helping in behavioral tasks of Android applications. Let’s see how they can.
Download managerIt helps in scheduling and managing more massive downloads.
Media & playbackIt provides APIs for backward compatibility for media playback, routing, and Google cast.
NotificationsSimilarly, it provides APIs for backward compatibility for Wear and Auto.
PermissionsIt provides APIs for backward compatibility for checking and requesting app permissions.
SharingIt offers share action suitable for action bar of the app.
SlicesIt provides versatile UI elements to display app data externally. It is a method that can surface UI inside the Google assistant for a search query.
UI Components of Android JetpackIt provides robust UI components to attract eyes of onlookers and easy to use. Let’s see which those components are.
Animation & transitionsIt helps in moving widgets and transitions between screens.
AutoIt provides essential components to create apps for Android Auto.
EmojiIt enables the latest emoji fonts on older versions of Android ecosystem.
FragmentIt is a fundamental unit of composable UI.
LayoutIt provides layout widgets for different algorithms.
PaletteIt pulls useful info from various color pallets.
TVIt provides components to create apps for Android TV.
Wear OS by GoogleIt offers components to develop an app for Wear OS.
Conclusion:The aim behind the release of Android jetpack is to accelerate app development speed and provides excellent libraries and components to the Android developers. If you think of an app development project leveraging immense advantages of Android jetpack, SysBunny has an excellent team of Android app developers who used to use the latest technologies, tools, and offerings from Android platform and community.
Hemant Parmar is a veteran mobile app consultant. He is co-founder of the company. Thanks to his prolonged exposure to mobile application development projects for myriads of niches and industries, he is capable of providing high-end mobile app development consultancy. He is devoted to providing honest and transparent consultancy services for clienteles looking for righteous guidance to augment their niche services/products using the latest mobile technologies.