Construct apps for the brand new Samsung units

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Posted by Diana Wong (Android Product Supervisor), Kseniia Shumelchyk (Developer Relations Engineer) and Sara Vickerman (Android Developer Advertising and marketing)

This week, Samsung launched the newest units to return to the Android ecosystem at their Galaxy Unpacked occasion. When you haven’t already, try their two new foldables, the Galaxy Z Fold4 and Z Flip4, and their new lineup of watches working on Put on OS, the Galaxy Watch5 sequence. You’ll be able to be taught extra about their bulletins right here.

With the thrill round these new units, there’s by no means been a greater time to spend money on ensuring your app has an incredible expertise for customers, on giant screens or Put on OS! Right here’s what it’s worthwhile to know to get began:

Get your apps prepared for foldables, just like the Galaxy Z Fold4 and Z Flip4

With their distinctive foldable expertise, the Galaxy Z Flip4 and Z Fold4 are nice examples of how Android units are available in all sizes and styles. The Z Fold4 is the newest in giant display screen units, a class that continues to see spectacular development. Energetic giant display screen customers are approaching 270 million, making it a good time to optimize your apps for tablets, foldables and Chrome OS.

Final 12 months, we launched Android 12L, a characteristic drop designed to make Android 12 even higher on tablets and foldable units, and Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold4 would be the first gadget to run 12L out of the field! Android 12L contains UI updates tailored for giant screens, enhancements to the multitasking expertise, and enhancements to compatibility mode so your app seems to be higher out of the field. Since 12L, we additionally launched Android 13, which incorporates all these giant display screen updates and extra.

Get began constructing for foldables by testing the documentation. The Z Fold4 and Z Flip4 can be utilized in a number of totally different folded states, like Samsung’s “flex mode” the place you may go hands-free when doing something from watching a present to taking a photograph. To get your app trying nice nonetheless it’s folded, you should utilize the Jetpack WindowManager library to make your app fold conscious and take a look at your app on foldables. And at last, the massive display screen app high quality pointers is a complete set of checklists to assist make your app the perfect it may be throughout an ever increasing ecosystem of huge display screen units.

Builders who put on this work are beginning to see outcomes; eBay elevated their app score to 4.7 stars on Google Play after optimizing for giant screens. Chrome‘s multitasking utilization elevated 18x for giant screens with 12L.

Construct distinctive Put on OS apps

The Put on OS platform expanded this week with the brand new and improved Galaxy Watch5 sequence. This lineup of units builds on Samsung’s dedication to the wearable platform, which we noticed final 12 months after they launched Put on OS Powered by Samsung on the Galaxy Watch4 sequence.

When you’re trying to get began constructing for the newest Galaxy Watch 5 sequence, or another Put on OS gadget, now is a good time to take a look at model 1.0 of Compose for Put on OS. That is the primary steady launch of our trendy declarative UI toolkit designed to make constructing apps for Put on OS simpler, sooner, and extra intuitive. The toolkit brings the perfect of Jetpack Compose to Put on OS, accelerating the event course of so you may create lovely apps with fewer strains of code.

The 1.0 launch streamlines UI growth by following the declarative method and providing highly effective Kotlin syntax. It additionally supplies a wealthy set of UI elements optimized for the watch expertise and is accompanied by many highly effective instruments in Android Studio to streamline UI iteration. That’s why Compose for Put on OS is our really useful method for constructing consumer interfaces for Put on OS apps.

We’ve constructed a set of supplies that will help you get began with Compose for Put on OS! Try our curated studying pathway for a step-by-step journey, documentation together with a fast begin information, the Compose for Put on OS codelab for hands-on expertise, and samples obtainable on Github.

Equally to Compose for Put on OS, we’re constructing Put on OS Tile Parts to make it sooner and simpler to construct tiles. Tiles present Put on OS customers glanceable entry to the knowledge and actions they want with a purpose to get issues accomplished shortly and they’re probably the most used options on Put on OS. This replace brings materials elements and layouts so you may create Tiles that embrace the newest Materials design for Put on OS. Proper now that is in beta, however hold a lookout for the launch announcement!

One other launch announcement to be careful for is Android Studio Dolphin, the newest launch from Android Studio. Try these options designed to make wearable app growth simpler:

  • Up to date Put on OS emulator toolbar which now contains buttons and gestures obtainable on Put on OS units, corresponding to palm and tilting and simulating two bodily buttons.
  • Emulator pairing assistant to pair a number of Put on OS units with a single digital or bodily cellphone. Android Studio remembers pairings after being closed and permits you to see Put on units within the Gadget Supervisor.
  • Direct floor launch that permits you to create run/debug configurations for Put on OS tiles, watch faces, and issues, and launch them straight from Android Studio.

Between Jetpack Compose, Tile Parts and Android Studio Dolphin, we’re simplifying Put on OS app growth. And, with the addition of the Galaxy Watch5 sequence to the Put on OS ecosystem, there are much more causes to construct an distinctive Put on OS app.

There’s by no means been a greater time to begin optimizing!

Type elements are having a significant second this 12 months and Google is dedicated to serving to you optimize and construct throughout type elements with new content material and instruments, together with periods and workshops from this 12 months’s Google I/O and new Android Studio options. Plus, we’ve got Materials Design steerage for giant screens and Put on OS that will help you in your optimization journey.

From the Watch5 sequence to the Z Fold4, Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked introduced us improvements throughout display screen sizes and kinds. Put together your app so it seems to be nice throughout your entire Android gadget ecosystem!

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