Nov 20th, 2014 publishUpdated   Nov 21st, 2014, 10:54 am

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If you’re an app developer who’s switched (or is considering switching) to Android Studio, you’ll no doubt be glad to learn that the popular IDE is nearing its first whole-integer release. Although based on IntelliJ Studio, the Android-focused spinoff hasn’t yet been considered worthy of a 1.0 version number, but Thursday’s announcement of Release Candidate 1 for the Canary channel indicates that day is fast approaching.

The Android Developer’s blog provided the following changelog beyond the standard bugfixes:

We’ve also updated the splash screen and branding graphics to include our new logo, and the settings directories for the IDE have been updated from AndroidStudioBeta to just AndroidStudio. When you run this version for the first time, it should offer to import your settings from the beta settings directory.

Finally, we are now bundling a local Maven repository containing the Android Gradle plugin and all its dependencies, which should allow you to create new projects without a network connection. (This is also why this patch is fairly large).

Did I mention “Canary channel”? If you want to take this release candidate for a spin, you’ll need to make sure your updates are set to Canary as opposed to Stable, Beta or Dev. Remember, your input will determine when Android Studio attains to 1.0 status in the Stable channel, so don’t be shy about reporting any issues you encounter.

[via Android Developers]

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