Google: Meta’s approach to Android 14 is a ‘blueprint’ for success 

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Google has shed light on how Meta approaches tackling challenges and streamlining processes to enhance Android app development.

Following the rollout of Android 11, Meta embarked on a transformative journey, establishing the “Android OS Readiness Program.” This move was prompted by identified hurdles concerning existing features such as Chat Heads and emerging requirements like scoped storage integration.

A major bottleneck in addressing these issues stemmed from sluggish adoption of developer tooling and a decentralised app strategy, complicating the development landscape for Meta.

During the transition to Android 12, Meta’s apps required a considerable span of “seven to nine months” to align with the latest OS version. However, remarkable progress was achieved last year with Messenger, Facebook, Instagram, and Threads achieving compatibility within a mere one to two months post the Android 14 AOSP release.

The pivotal breakthrough came through the automation and simplification of the SDK release process. Meta succeeded in slashing the rollout time from an arduous three weeks to a lightning-fast under three hours. This shift not only expedited the deployment process but also fostered enhanced collaboration among individual app teams. Immediate access to the latest SDKs facilitated rapid testing of new OS features.

In a bid to stay ahead of the curve, Meta diligently compiled apps against each Android 14 Beta—conducting automated and smoke tests to preemptively identify potential issues.

Noteworthy was Meta’s meticulous approach to user privacy concerns, exemplified by extensive experimentation with permission flows. This ensured that users remained well-informed and empowered while optimising the app’s media-sharing functionality.

Moreover, Meta seamlessly embraced new Android 14 features – including Foreground Service types – and actively contributed feedback and bug reports to the Android team.

Such collaborative efforts have significantly influenced improvements within the OS ecosystem, benefiting end-users with a seamless day-one experience. Google particularly lauds Meta’s integration of Ultra HDR image support in Instagram, accentuating the user experience.

Google’s endorsement of Meta extends to its utilisation of Jetpack Compose, a framework designed to expedite UI development. Notably, Threads – a Meta product – was constructed “from scratch” utilising Compose, enabling swift progress compared to traditional refactoring methods.

Encouraging other developers to follow suit, Google emphasises the ongoing Android 15 Preview and the opportunity for API feedback.

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