Google revealed the stable version of Android 13 earlier this month. Now, the tech behemoth has released the Cross-device SDK Developer Preview for Android. The Cross SDK, which was announced earlier this year at Google I/O, allows developers to quickly offer a multi-device experience utilizing APIs.
In a blog post, Google stated that the SDK “removes the complexities associated with working with device discovery, authentication, and connection protocols, allowing you to focus on what matters most—building delightful user experiences and connecting these experiences across a variety of form factors and platforms.”
The first Cross-device SDK Developer Preview includes several APIs centered on basic functions such as device detection, secure connections, and multi-device sessions.
Developers may quickly identify and authorize nearby devices, communicate an app’s current state with the same app on another device, launch an app on another device without having it run in the background, and establish a secure communication channel by using these APIs. It also allows users to start a job on one device and finish it on another, a feature that Google has been working on for quite some time.
According to the company, Wi-Fi, ultra-wideband, and Bluetooth are used to provide multi-device communication. The Cross-device SDK is now only accessible for Android phones and tablets, but Google claims they have plans to make it available on Android surfaces and other non-Android devices as well, but no indication on when this will happen.