Another day, another set of Google I/O presentations. Lots of awesome stuff was presented today (from a developer’s perspective) and I’m super excited to get started with getting Mizuu ready for Android L.
There are a lot of changes in the new release and lots of current stuff is being deprecated – in other words, Google now discourages the use of a lot of current stuff.
I’ve already told you that I want to make sure that Mizuu is ready for the changes when the new platform is released in the fall. What I haven’t told you is that I’ll do my best to make the user experience the same on older versions of Android. Google have announced that they’ll provide developers with tools to use the new stuff while still supporting older versions of Android.
As I’m sure you can imagine, the changes are not something that you can do in a day, week or even a month. It is something that takes a lot of time and effort. That’s why I’ve decided that I’ll ditch the upcoming version 2.9 and jump straight to version 3.0 with a release date near the final release of Android L.
Like I said, Android L will be released in the fall, so it’ll roughly be 3 or 4 months from now. That’ll give me enough time to not only add all kinds of new features and do a proper re-write of certain parts of the app, but also apply the new style and thoroughly test everything.
At the moment it is not possible to develop using the new Android L API’s while maintaining support for previous versions of Android. This will hopefully change in the coming months, thereby allowing me to publish beta versions for those of you who are interested. I’ll also keep updating the blog with my progress and anyone can of course grab the source code and help me shape the future of Mizuu.
Thanks a lot for everything!