Google allows the creation of Android apps that can be used on a all variety of devices
Google is working to simplify the process of making Android apps that share data across several devices. Google announced the release of a new cross-device software development kit (SDK) in a blog post, detailing the resources programmers will have at their disposal to ensure compatibility between Android and, in the future, non-Android smartphones, tablets, televisions, automobiles, and more.
The software development kit Its main purpose is to facilitate three main app features: device discovery, secure device-to-device interactions, and app hosting across numerous devices. Google says that its cross-device software development kit (SDK) can link many devices simultaneously through the use of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and ultra-wideband.
On its documentation page, Google lists a number of situations in which its cross-device SDK would be useful. If you are ordering lunch for a large group, for instance, it may allow everyone to use their own device to pick out what they want to eat instead of passing around one phone. It might also allow you to continue reading an article on a tablet from where you left off on your phone, or enable automobile occupants to communicate their current location to the car’s navigation system.
Similar to Android’s Nearby Share, which permits file sharing between Chromebooks and other Android devices, this feature seems to be expanding in scope. Esper’s Mishaal Rahman discovered a future update to Nearby Share in April, which could enable rapid file sharing across Google-authenticated devices. During a keynote address at CES 2022, Google also announced that later this year, Nearby Share would be available on Windows devices.
The multi-device toolkit is presently in preview form for developers and is limited to Android mobile devices. There is no news on when Google will add support for “other Android surfaces and non-Android OSs,” such as iOS and Windows. Apps that facilitate communication between iOS and Android devices are unlikely to appear very soon, given the immaturity of the technology. It has to be seen, though, whether or if this new option will make using specific apps more easy, and how developers initially utilise it.