Android Studio

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Android Studio
Developer(s) Google
Preview release 0.8.14 / 23 October 2014; 1 day ago (2014-10-23)[1][2]
Development status Beta
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Android IDE
License Apache 2.0

Android Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) for the Android platform. It was announced on 16 May 2013 at the Google I/O conference by Google's Product Manager, Ellie Powers. Android Studio is available for developers to try (for free). Android Studio was in early access preview stage starting from version 0.1 in May 2013, then entered beta stage starting from version 0.8 which was released in June 2014.[3] Based on JetBrains' IntelliJ IDEA software, the Studio is designed specifically for Android development.[4] It is available for download on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.[5][6]


Several features are expected to be rolled out to the users as the software matures; currently, however the following features are provided for:[7][8]

  • Live Layout: WYSIWYG Editor - Live Coding - Real-time App Rendering.[9]
  • Developer Console: optimization tips, assistance for translation, referral tracking, campaigning and promotions - Usage Metrics.
  • Provision for beta releases and staged rollout.
  • Gradle-based build support.
  • 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 users to drag-and-drop UI components, option to preview layouts on multiple screen configurations.
  • Support for building Android Wear apps
  • Built-in support for Google Cloud Platform, enabling integration with Google Cloud Messaging and App Engine.[10]


  1. ^ Norbye, Tor (October 23, 2014). "Android Studio 0.8.14 Released". Android Tools. Google. Retrieved October 23, 2014. 
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  4. ^ Ducrohet, Xavier; Norbye, Tor; Chou, Katherine (15 May 2013). "Android Studio: An IDE built for Android". Android Developers Blog. Google. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Getting Started with Android Studio". Android Developers. Google. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Haslam, Oliver (16 May 2013). "Download Android Studio IDE For Windows, OS X And Linux". Redmond Pie. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Honig, Zach (15 May 2013). "Google intros Android Studio, an IDE for building apps". Engadget. AOL. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Dobie, Alex (15 May 2013). "Android Studio unveiled at Google I/O keynote". Android Central. Mobile Nations. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  9. ^ Olanoff, Drew (15 May 2013). "Google Launches Android Studio And New Features For Developer Console, Including Beta Releases And Staged Rollout". TechCrunch. AOL. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Android Studio BETA". Google. Google. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 15 Aug 2014. 

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