At its I/O 2017 developers conference today, Google announced Android is gaining official support for the Kotlin programming language, in addition to Java and C++. The news received the biggest applause from the audience so far. You can download the Kotlin plugin today for Android Studio.
Kotlin is developed by JetBrains, the same people who created IntelliJ. Note that Android Studio was built on the popular IntelliJ IDEA Java IDE. Google also shared it is partnering with JetBrains to move Kotlin into a nonprofit foundation.
Google describes Kotlin, which is an open sourced project under the Apache 2.0 license, as “a brilliantly designed, mature language that we believe will make Android development faster and more fun.” The company notes that some have already adopted the programming language for their production apps, including Expedia, Flipboard, Pinterest, and Square. There are already many enthusiastic Kotlin developers for Android, and the company says it is simply listening to what the community wants.
But Google’s choice didn’t just come down to the team believing Kotlin