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How To Build Android Chat Application Using Kotlin – Step by Step Tutorial

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Planning to build your chat app in Android? Thinking about moving with Kotlin but feel confused, as to how to execute further?

Then this is your space to explore! A complete guide that will help you to build android chat app with Kotlin.

Of course, I won’t stop here half way, I will also guide you as to how the entire technical process is carried over when there is a use of Chat SDK. This is to provide you a better understanding of the concept.

So, shall we move ahead to have a look

Building a Chat App with Kotlin for Android

However, every android chat app development requires a programming language to get executed. These languages include Java, Kotlin, etc. We all know Java is the native one but do you know that Kotlin is the Google-endorsed programming language for Android chat app.

Kotlin is an official supportive language that combines both object oriented and functional programming features together.

According to GitHub’s Octoverse 2018 report and 2019 report, Kotlin was found to be the fastest and ‘first-class’ growing language

over the past few years when it comes to building the best chat app for website and mobiles. statistically, it has gained 1.1 million developers attention while building a chat app in Android.

Before unfolding the unrevealed technical part to create a chat app, let’s know about the need of kotlin in android.

Need Of Kotlin In Creating Simple Chat App In Android

Chat, one of the most common and ever needed features to be included in any mobile app. However, it differs in quality of need as whether it’s needed for a simple one-to-one chat or many other advanced functionalities.

Let’s have a quick glance on the points that specifies the need of kotlin in build an android chat app.

Provides a speech bubbles drawables.
Allows different layout items
Help creating a DataUIModel holding all the UI attributes.
Allows creating multiple item ViewHolder
Building multiple item Type Adapter
Creating the ViewModel “From Android Jetpack”.
Implies as how to use LiveData”From Android Jetpack” to update the adapter.

Now, you would have got an idea as to why kotlin could be a good choice. And now let’s see how it will be implemented in the technical terms to build a chat app.

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