Jetpack Compose 1.2 packs text improvements

Google toolkit for building native Android UIs toolkit enables more precise text alignment with font padding, introduces downloadable fonts API.

Jetpack Compose 1.2, Google’s toolkit for building native Android UIs, is now generally available. Highlights of the update include text improvements such as font padding and downloadable fonts.

Jetpack Compose is the Google-recommended way to build new Android apps for phones, tablets, and foldables. The 1.2 release was declared stable on July 27.

With downloadable fonts, app developers gain new APIs to access Google Fonts asynchronously and to define fallback fonts without a complex setup. Benefits include smaller APK sizes and improved system health, Google said, because multiple apps can share the same font through a provider.

Addressing a top-voted bug in the Android issue tracker, Jetpack Compose 1.2 makes includeFontPadding a customizable parameter. Google recommends setting this value to false, which will enable more precise alignment of text within layouts. The plan is to make false the default value in a future release.

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