Google’s Kotlin programming language gains in popularity

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Kotlin, the Google-endorsed programming language for building Android apps, now has the fastest-growing population of contributors on Microsoft-owned code-hosting repository GitHub.

Google made Kotlin a ‘first-class’ language last year, alongside already officially supported Java and C++. The move offered Google an avenue to sidestep Java issues on Android and has helped propel Kotlin’s use by Android developers, which is reflected in GitHub’s 2018 Octoverse report.

According to GitHub, the number of contributors using Kotlin to build projects has more than doubled in the past year, making it the fastest-growing language of all.

Google recently ramped up its support for Kotlin, teaming up with its main sponsor, IDE developer JetBrains, to launch the the Kotlin Foundation and the Google Cloud hosted Kotlin portal.

As Google noted at the time, 27 percent of the top 1,000 Android apps on Google Play use the language, among them Twitter, Slack, and Netflix.