July was a big month for Xamarin – with the first-ever Xamarin Developer Summit. With that, came a lot of new feature and upgrade announcements.
With more and more applications needing a cross-platform mobile app, Xamarin is always evolving. And we are continuously on the lookout for improving our mobile application development with these tools.
Here is a roundup of what is new and coming soon for Xamarin.
- Xamarin.Essentials is getting support for watchOS, tvOS, and Tizen.
- Free tier for App Center and Azure AD support for Xamarin apps.
- iOS 13 support for Xamarin now in preview.
- Xamarin.Forms Shell and Visual
- CarouselView and CollectionView make it simpler and more efficient when scrolling through lists of objects.
- Currently in private preview: XAML Hot Reload for Xamarin.Forms. A new tool that allows you to save your XAML file and see it immediately updated in your running app.
- A native, fast C# editor for Mac, using the same under-the-hood engine as the one on Windows.
- A new XAML editor with the same XAML language service from Windows is in preview for Mac.
Visual Studio 2019 16.2
- Reduce app startup time by up to 50% with Startup Tracing for Android.
- Fully supported XML file extension for Android XML files.
Visual Studio 2019 16.3
- Android Q support
- Reduce app size by up to 50% with the Android App Bundle support.
Visual Studio – Later Release
- An automatic AndroidX migration tool
These changes will create both an increased user experience and a faster developer cycle. A win-win for us as an outsourced partner, startups, mobile app developers and the billions of app users around the world.