NextWeb reports Google’s considering Swift as a first class Android language. I’m not surprised companies like Facebook and Uber are embracing Swift as it’s sufficiently open and highly attractive in an environment where iOS is king.
But no, Google won’t embrace it. Just because something is open source doesn’t mean everyone has equal influence. There’s still control at the top of the repo and this is why Google forked Webkit, an effort to control its own destiny instead of relying on the very same company that controls Swift.
Furthermore, Google and Android is still engaged in a tired, ongoing, battle with Oracle over Java, another language that is – “for varying definitions of” – open. And Oracle isn’t even a direct competitor.
It’s true that there’s a lot to be said for a more dynamic, scripty, language on Android. While Android Studio has done a lot to improve the developer experience for Android devs, a lot of work done is exploratory UI, something that a language like Swift can help with.
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