Apple unveiled its Swift programming language at their 2014 Worldwide Developer Conference and a beta version of the language was also released to developers at the event.
Swift is designed to be an alternative to Objective-C and Apple made it open source in December of last year and now it looks like Google is considering using Apple’s Swift for Android.
Android supports Java as its first class programming language at the moment although according to The Next Web, Google are now considering making Swift a first class programming language for Apple.
As Apple’s Swift is open source Google would be able to adopt it without having to make any changed to Android’s open source mobile structure.
Google’s Android would need a runtime for Swift and they would also have to make their entire standard library Swift compatible and also support Apple’s programming language in their SDKs and also APIs.
If Google wants to use Apple’s Swift for Android it will have to recreate everything it created for Java for Swift.
It is not just Google who are interesting in using Swift, Facebook and Uber are also reported to be interesting in using the OS.
Source The Next Web