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Future versions of the Android app could be based on... Swift!

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Published on Apr 08, 2016

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During the WWDC 2014, Apple announced Swift, a new programming language for iOS and Mac, which later became Open Source. The spread of this language increases with the passage of time, and now Google seems to be concerned to use it in its mobile operating system.

As reported by The Next Web, Google would have spoken of the possibility of introducing support to Swift on the Android developers of two large third-party applications: Facebook and Uber. The giant of Mountain View would be looking for a replacement of Java for future versions of Android.

The transition, if it should occur, will not be immediate since every element of the user interface should be completely rewritten from scratch, as well as the majority of the code base of Android. The adoption of Swift by Google, however, might be decisive for the developers, who would thus be able to more easily create cross-platform applications.

Besides Swift, Google seems to also assess Kotlin, a language developed by JetBrains, and is designed to operate together with the previously used Java, although there are doubts on the speed of execution of Kotlin in comparison to Swift. It will be interesting to follow the developments of this matter.

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