Google has launched a new cross-device software development kit (SDK) that allows developers to create apps that work on Android and non-Android devices.
The cross-device software, compatible up to Android version 8, is now available with a developer preview for Android phones and tablets, and will arrive later for Android surfaces and non-Android operating systems.
Users can also share the current state of an app with the same app on another device and start the app on a secondary device without having to keep the app running in the background.
The initial release contains a set of rich APIs focused on the core functionality of device discovery, secure logins and cross-device sessions, the company said.
With device discovery, you can locate nearby devices, allow peer-to-peer communication, and start the target application on receiving devices.
Secure connections enable encrypted, low-latency two-way data sharing between authorized devices.
Cross-device sessions allow the user experience of an app to be transferred or extended across multiple devices.
“This SDK lets you focus on what matters most: creating engaging user experiences and connecting those experiences across a variety of form factors and platforms,” Google said.
The software also allows task transfer where the user starts a task on one device and can easily continue on another device.
“Additionally, apps won’t have to declare or request runtime permissions for connectivity protocols, and the user can allow apps to connect only to the device they’ve selected,” said said the company.
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