Google just announced that it will officially support Kotlin on Android. Kotlin is a super new programming language built by Jet Brains, which also coincidentally develops the Jet Brains IDE that Android Studio — Google’s official developer tool — is based on. Like Java, which is the default language for Android development, Kotlin is a language that runs on the JVM (Java Virtual Machine), and it’s already possible to use Kotlin and other JVM languages for Android development. Official Google support will be a huge boost for the nascent language, however, and will presumably make working with Kotlin on Android a lot more natural.

Kotlin tools will be included with Android Studio 3.0 by default, and Jet Brains and Google are pledging to…

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