Google has graduated Android Studio to 1.0 and is recommending developers to leave Eclipse behind.
Android Studio has been under development ever since with almost a dozen of intermediate releases and was first announced at Google I/O.Not only Google made it reach GA, but they call it now the “official IDE,” according to Jamal Eason, Product Manager for Android, showing its importance for the Android team which is distancing from the Eclipse-based tool. In order to benefit from the “latest IDE updates” Google now strongly recommends developers to use Android Studio and to migrate their projects to it.
Android Studio is based on IntelliJ Community Edition and version 1.0 has been recently announced with these major features:
A development environment with an optimized emulator and a set of code templates and an installer that sets up the correct Android SDK.
IntelliJ IDEA is providing all code editing tools.
Dynamic Layout Preview enabling users to edit and see via drag&drop and how their mobile app appears on multiple devices and across API versions.
Monitor memory performance.
Gradle-based build system is not affected by Studio updates but it is integrated with Studio .
Multiple apks for debug/release, free/paid app can be generated by the build system.
Integration with Google Cloud Platform.
Lint tools to deal with compatibility , version , usability ,performance and other issues.
ProGuard and app-signing capabilities.
With 4 development channels “ Dev, Stable, Beta, and Canary” Android Studio has taken the path of Chrome ,developers having the option to see the new features in advance before they become generally available.
There are downloads for Windows 7/8/win-Vista/2003 32-bit or 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.8.5-10.9, and Linux.
This introduces developers to Android Studio including installation instructions, main features, using it, tips&tricks, etc.