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Kotlin for Android App Development: will Kotlin become THE android language?

 
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Hi Peter,

I have been using Kotlin for android development for a couple of months now, and I wouldn't go back.

Do you see Kotlin ever becoming the de facto language for Android development, or does the Java legacy have just too strong a hold?
 
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Hi Iain,

Kotlin is growing fast but Java won't die just like that. The great thing is that we can use Kotlin together with the amazing plethora of Java libraries and frameworks out there without much hassle at all (Android, Spring, JUnit, ...).

That being said, I can very well imagine Kotlin becoming the de facto language for Android development. Actually, it doesn't require much imagination: the Android developers website already features their code example in Kotlin by default, ~25% of the top 1000 Android apps use Kotlin, and Kotlin usage has increased 4-fold since last year.

We'll see how it turns out but let's keep in mind that Kotlin taking over Android dev doesn't mean "Java is dead" as people like to claim for some reason Let's also keep in mind that Android is just one of the many platforms Kotlin is used on, and although it's still the dominant platform, Kotlin is increasingly used for server, web, and desktop etc as well.

- Peter
 
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