Stay up to date with Android libraries releases

Google offers lots of official libraries and tools to help developers integrating with their products and also to simplify complex tasks.

Staying up to date with all of them is a bit hard for android developers. You can use Android Studio warnings on your build.gradle when a new artifact version is released, but sometimes this is not enough. If you have your artifacts declared on multiple build.gradle files, it’s expensive to verify each of them. The same happens if you work on multiple projects at the same time.

This problem was increased after Google decided to decouple the release of each Play Services and Firebase SDK libraries. Now, each library has its own version and we have many releases to be aware of.

Based on this, We would like to introduce the first two of a series of tools to help developers stay up to date with all these releases: Releases Hub on Twitter & Releases Hub on Slack.

On this Twitter account and Slack workspace, you are going to get real-time notifications about each new library release. Play Services, Firebase, Jetpack, Gradle plugins and more are included.

If you find a missing artifact that’s useful for you, let me know by sending a direct message on Twitter or Slack.

For some artifacts, we also include on the tweet and slack message, a link to the official release notes site, when provided by Google. Sometimes Google doesn’t update them immediately (or even never update them), so be patient.

We are also currently working on an Android app where you can subscribe to the artifacts you are interested in and receive real-time push notifications when a new version is released. It will also provide useful information about each artifact, like documentation links, artifact size, permissions required and more.

We hope you find this tool useful. All your feedback is welcomed.



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