Google launches the Android Auto library for Jetpack, open source and with news to promote more third-party apps

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The Android developer library, Jetpack, has a new competition: Android Auto. This bookstore was launched last year as part of the last push from Google to bring more applications to the version on wheels of Android.

After opening the ban on external developers, now Google has decided that the best place for that library was to nestle within the all-in-one toolbox that is Jetpack, What CameraX, Jetpack Compose (also recently released) and a long, long etcetera. This should make work easier for developers who want to launch apps compatible with Android Auto.


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Google wants more apps for Android Auto

Last year, Google launched the Android for Cars library, so that developers could create applications compatible with Android Auto and publish them on Google Play. The initiative has already begun to bear fruit, with Sygic Navigation as one of the first apps to launch its version for this platform.

This library now changes its location, going from being the owner of Google (com.google.android.libraries.car) to find themselves under the ever-widening umbrella of Jetpack (androidx.car.app). It seems like a minimal change, although it has certain repercussions that should be beneficial for both developers and end users.

Rack A novelty that comes with the change of place of the library is GridLayout, to create interfaces that follow a grid

For developers, on the one hand they must migrate your applications before September to use the new library, although the vast majority of the process involves renaming the library. For the other, the library is now open source, which in some cases can facilitate its integration into certain projects or make it compatible with devices that cannot – or want – to have anything dependent on Google. In addition, it is an API more consistent with other libraries present in Jetpack.

For users, it should eventually mean a larger ecosystem of third-party apps on Android Autoespecially if Google continues to invest and improve on improving the tools available to developers. With the change of the library, for example, a new template is included to facilitate the use of apps with a “grid” interface, a common resource in Android Auto.

Via | Android Developers


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