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Android to Support features of Java 8

On 14th march 2017, Google has come up with new changes in the Android developer community. The changes imply that it gives good support for all the features for java 8 language. Google has added support to the feature directly into the current javac and dx set of tools.They have also expressed disapproval of Jack toolchain. The existing tools, new direction, and plugin dependent on Java will continue to work. The Android build system is natively supporting Java 8 language. “We're aiming to launch this as part of Android Studio in the coming weeks, and we wanted to share this decision early with you”, as posted by James Lau, Product Manager Google on the Android Developer Blog. Initially, as a part of testing, they have added java 8 support via jack toolchain. Over time,  the community realized that the value of switching to jack was too high. The annotation processor, rewriters, and bytecode analyzers were impacted. Until they release the new support, users are allowed to use jack build on their Java 8 code. Shifting from jack will not be a trouble for the customers. Google hopes the new support will get good feedback from the users. The users will be able to take full advantage of it and more details will be disclosed once google comes up with the new support in Android Studio.
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Android to Support features of Java 8

Paula Hernandez
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16th Mar, 2017
Android to Support features of Java 8

On 14th march 2017, Google has come up with new changes in the Android developer community. The changes imply that it gives good support for all the features for java 8 language.

Google has added support to the feature directly into the current javac and dx set of tools.They have also expressed disapproval of Jack toolchain. The existing tools, new direction, and plugin dependent on Java will continue to work. The Android build system is natively supporting Java 8 language. “We're aiming to launch this as part of Android Studio in the coming weeks, and we wanted to share this decision early with you”, as posted by James Lau, Product Manager Google on the Android Developer Blog.

Initially, as a part of testing, they have added java 8 support via jack toolchain. Over time,  the community realized that the value of switching to jack was too high. The annotation processor, rewriters, and bytecode analyzers were impacted. Until they release the new support, users are allowed to use jack build on their Java 8 code.

Shifting from jack will not be a trouble for the customers. Google hopes the new support will get good feedback from the users. The users will be able to take full advantage of it and more details will be disclosed once google comes up with the new support in Android Studio.

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Paula Hernandez

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Paula spent six years lecturing about Java before settling as a full-time independent Android developer. She also has strong interest in writing about Android and the Internet of Things (IoT).

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