Android Studio preview - based on IntelliJ IDEA

17-05-2013
One of the most exciting tidbits that's come out of Google IO is the new development platform for Android developers, called Android Studio.

One of the most exciting tidbits that's come out of Google IO is the new development platform for Android developers, called Android studio.
We've noticed a fair amount of grumbling around the internets about difficulties using ADT with Eclipse in terms of stability, and there has been an almost audible sigh of relief in the many Android developer forums across the globe in reaction to the news that Android Studio is now built upon the IntelliJ IDEA IDE.As with pretty much anything Google releases, the current version is very much an early preview (read: beta), but it's already creating quite a buzz.

Some of the features you'll find in addition to all the IntelliJ goodness that Google is touting include:

  • Build support for Gradle
  • Android-specific refactoring and quick fixes
  • Lint tools to catch performance, usability, version compatibility and other problems
  • ProGuard and app-signing capabilities
  • Template-based wizards to create common Android designs and components
  • A rich layout editor that allows you to drag-and-drop UI components, preview layouts on multiple screen configurations

You'll be glad to know our Android App Development training course will henceforth offer delegates the opportunity to do all the lovely juicy hands-on coding exercises using Android Studio (while still supporting ADT / Eclipse).

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