Google Releases Android Studio 1.0
Google today released Android Studio 1.0, the first stable version of its Integrated Development Environment (IDE) after two years of development. The Android Studio 1.0, which is now available for download, is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux from the Android Developer site.
Though, all its features are basically new to an extent, Google however, wants users to find out about some specific features in particular. These features new features are available on the Android Studio Basics page.
For starters, we have the first Run Setup Wizard, which was not a part of few of the release candidate builds. The wizard now installs the Android SDK needed, sets up your development environment settings, creates and optimized emulator for testing application, and bundles a set of code templates.
About templates, Android Studio includes wizards that allow you to start with new project templates or import Google code samples. This is a good move by Google as it will provide a guide to all those who have a problem getting started; now they can now enjoy sample importing, which included templates.
“New project wizards make it easier than ever to start a new project.
“Start projects using template code for patterns such as navigation drawer and view pagers, and even import Google code samples from GitHub.”
The Android Studio also allows you to manage string translation for all your applications. You can now easily extract and analyse all hard coded strings in any project.
Another major highlight of the Android Studio is that it allows you to edit and preview your Android layouts across multiple screen sizes, languages and API versions as well. This should come in handy if you are developing an application that will run more than one Android release; especially when you consider the current landscape.
Android Studio also enables an easy way to add Google Cloud Backends and Endpoints to your app, as well as Google Cloud Messaging. Google Cloud Messaging is one of the features Google initially promised would come to the Integrated Development Environment. Google’s plan remains to make Android Studio the single hub in which Android developers can build new apps as well as refresh old ones.
Android Studio will receive updates on four different release channels (you can change between them in File => Settings => Updates): Stable, Beta, Dev, Canary
The Android 1.0 was not the only release from Google today, as the company also announced the release of version 1.0 of the Gradle plugin with a file format it considers to be stable.