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I converted an app to Kotlin, learned a thing or two and wrote about it.

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Got a TouchBar device and want to make use of it in Android Studio? Check out this configuration 👉 https://github.com/keyboardsurfer/btt-android-studio-config
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Background work on Android and system health
I'm really happy that Android is focusing on improving overall system health as there's definitely a 'tragedy of the commons' problem with only a limited amount of battery and RAM available across the entire device.

I'm very much looking forward to the JobIntentService (coming soon!), mentioned at 8:54, which provides an IntentService-like API that uses jobs on O, but automatically falls back to using Services pre-O. That should make the common case a lot easier and really help in doing what work is needed to work well with Android O's Background Execution Limits: https://developer.android.com/preview/features/background.html

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Dev Console gets a rename to Google Play Console + tons of new features
The Google Play Console (because it is for more than just devs!) got some serious improvements this last week at #IO17.

I think the Android vitals work is particularly useful, particularly with the change from only user reported issues to using anonymous data from all users who have opted in - a huge increase in the amount of actionable data.

Check out the blog post (and all the links in it) for everything else they added.

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We’ve got the feels 💙 for #AndroidO’s new emoji. Find out how Google's designers reimagined over 2,000 emoji characters (and invented 69 more) all in the interest of expression: goo.gl/JDHkNx
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Building Instant Apps
If your app uses App Links, you should definitely be looking into Instant Apps to give a native experience to users without requiring a full app install. Check out the updated documentation!

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Android is now officially supporting the Kotlin programming language, in addition to the Java language and C++. Watch live: http://google.com/io
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