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.
Compatible up to Android 8 version, the cross-device software is now available with a developer preview for Android phones and tablets and will later be available for Android skins and non-Android operating systems.
Users can also share the current status of an app with the same app on another device and launch the app on a secondary device without having the app running in the background.
The first release includes a set of rich APIs focused on the core functionality of device discovery, secure connections and multi-device sessions, the company said.
With device discovery, you can locate nearby devices, authorize peer-to-peer communication, and launch the target application on receiving devices.
Secure connections enable encrypted, bidirectional, low-latency data exchange between authorized devices.
Multi-device sessions enable the transfer or extension of an application’s user experience to multiple devices.
“This SDK allows you to focus on what matters most – building engaging user experiences and connecting those experiences across a variety of form factors and platforms,” Google said.
The software also allows for task submission, where the user can start a task on one device and easily continue on another device.
“Furthermore, apps do not need to declare or request runtime permissions for connectivity protocols, and the user can allow apps to connect only to the device they choose,” the company said.
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