Android Studio nears 1.0 with Release Candidate 1



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]

Jeff McIntire
Jeff McIntire is an avid Android enthusiast whose first exposure to the world of Android, rooting, and customizing came in 2010 through the Samsung Captivate. Later that same year, he was introduced to the Verizon community through the Fascinate, which carried him from Eclair all the way to Ice Cream Sandwich. Having tried various ROMs, kernels and themes based on TouchWiz, he took the plunge into AOSP in May 2011 and never looked back. He now happily taps away at his LG G2, always looking out for the latest and greatest, and helping others along the way.

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  1. Cool. It’s pretty nice. I wasn’t really digging using Eclipse for development, and studio is really nice.

    1. O_O I can’t believe you waited this long! Before Android Studio I was using IntelliJ Idea, which is what the base of Android Studio is. …so for me it was quite an easy switch.

      1. i only started recently =c)

  2. I actually attended the talk Xavier Ducrohet (Google / Android Studio) & Hans Dockter (Gradle) gave today at AnDevCon and it was good, but for me coming from using IntelliJ Idea and knowing the massive performance boost that Idea has over Android Studio (based on Idea CE) things don’t feel right for a “1.0” until compilation performance especially of multi-module projects is addressed. Idea does extremely well in this category regarding parallel compilation of a many module project. The cool thing though is that Xavier & Hans recognized the need to improve performance in one of their slides and even sort of hinted that some sort of parallel compilation may come to the Gradle / Android Studio marriage. For me it doesn’t hit 1.0 until parallel compilation is added and Android Studio gets within the ballpark of the efficiency of Intellij Idea.

  3. Finally, a local Maven repository. So many people have had issues requiring the network connection for the initial build of new projects, or for those behind a firewall. This makes it so much easier now.

  4. Man, it’s dang near impossible to move apps developed in Eclipse over to Android Studio.

    1. It’s a pain but its totally possible, our project has done this recently:

  5. I hope they can fix the renderization problems, especially with pickers….

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