I’m building an app with minSdk 23 but also have k...
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I’m building an app with minSdk 23 but also have kotlin compile options set to target jvm 1.8. I see now that sdk 23 does not support jvm 1.8, so I’m left with a choice between increasing minSdk to 24 or lowering compile target to 1.6. What are the obvious drawbacks of targeting 1.6 (for a kotlin-only app)? Anything else I should be considering?
Hmm, actually it seems it does work, it’s just that I wasn’t using:
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compileOptions {
    sourceCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_1_8
    targetCompatibility JavaVersion.VERSION_1_8
For some reason, I thought that the kotlin compiler target would be enough for a kotlin-only project.
D8 supports desugaring, it will be just converted to Java 1.6 bytecode (or more precisely to Dex compatible with older versions of Android)
How about with min SDK 24, shouldn’t it just compile to 1.8?
Yes, than desugaring is not needed also you have access to all new Java 8 APIs like Streams, Optional (which are not available even with desugaring)
Is desugaring automatically turned off with min SDK 24, or is there some flag I need to set?
Not sure will it be disabled or not automatically, but there is a flag to disable it explictly https://developer.android.com/studio/write/java8-support#disable
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