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Google is now writing low-level Android code in Rust

April 7, 2021

Just last month, we saw the first baby steps toward the adoption of the memory-managed Rust programming language into the Linux kernel. Google has apparently been thinking along the same lines, and in a lengthy blog post Tuesday, the company announced that the Android Open Source Project now supports Rust for low-level OS components.

The Android team does a ton of work pushing Kotlin and Java for app developers, but those languages rely on the Android Runtime (ART) in order to function. You can’t write anything lower-level than ART in Java, since there would be no runtime environment to run it on.

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