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Welcome to Android Developers Backstage, a podcast by and for Android developers. Hosted by developers from the Android platform team, this show covers topics of interest to Android programmers, with in-depth discussions and interviews with engineers on the Android team at Google.

Dec 21, 2023

In this episode, Tor, Romain, and Chet talk about some of the many things that happened this year in the world of Android development, including new devices and form factors, tool improvements, AndroidX features and libraries, and Jetpack Compose releases. And any tech podcast would be remiss without mentioning AI/ML, so we talk about that too.

Tor, Romain and Chet


Intro (00:00)

Google engineers vs Android (00:57)

Big changes of 2023 intro (3:03)

AI (3:38)

Programming with AI (5:08)

Writing with AI (8:52)

New devices from Android - Pixel fold (12:31)

Pixel watch (18:50)

Bard (19:37)

Changes in device release times (20:23)

Major changes in devices vs incremental updates (21:42)

Camera (22:40)

Platform developments - mainline modules (24:03)

More testing for Android (25:12)

Flaky tests (26:55)

Jetpack compose features (32:32)

RTO (38:00)

Shapes library and KMP (42:42)

Final thoughts on big events of 2023 (45:03)

Studio build improvements (46:43)

Baseline profiles (49:21)

Listener mail (50:45)

Where has Chet been? (52:46)

Metalava question (55:46)

Wrap up wrap up (57:00)



Tor: and

Chet:, and


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