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Google’s New SDK Allows Developers to Build Multi-Device Apps

Google has launched the developer preview of the new cross-device SDK (software development kit) for a richer multi-device experience on Android. In a blog post, the tech giant revealed that the kit consists of a simple intuitive set of APIs, compatible with the Android 8 version.

The launch was first announced during the Google I/O ’22 Multi-device development session. The SDK (software development kit) abstracts the complexities of authentication, device discovery, and connection protocols, allowing developers to build delightful user experiences.

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The toolkit is available in a developer preview that only works with Android devices. However, the company plans to extend support to other platforms along with non-Android operating systems such as Windows and iOS.

The first release includes a set of rich APIs, allowing developers to work mainly on three functionalities with the software development kit:

  1. Device Detection: To easily find nearby devices, authorize peer-to-peer communication and launch the target application on receiving devices
  2. Secure connections: Enable the user to establish low-latency encrypted bi-directional data exchange between authorized devices
  3. Multi-device sessions: Enable transfer of the user experience of an application to multiple devices

Source: Android Developer Blog, Google

Google describes the multiple use cases for its toolkit and says it wants developers to implement it to make the user experience easier. An example of this could be how multiple people can use different devices to choose items from a menu while making a group order.

Another possibility is that the passengers of a taxi can share a specific location on the map with the navigation system of the vehicle.
Google plans to bring Near Share to Windows devices later this year, as reported in CES 2022 Keynote.

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