Android Studio is the official integrated development environment (IDE) for developing for the Android platform. It was announced on May 16, 2013 at the Google I/O conference. Android Studio is freely available under the Apache License 2.0.
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.The first stable build was released in December 2014, starting from version 1.0. Recently Google released Android Studio version 2.0 on Nov 23, 2015.
Based on JetBrains’ IntelliJ IDEA software, Android Studio is designed specifically for Android development. It is available for download on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, and replaced Eclipse Android Development Tools (ADT) as Google’s primary IDE for native Android application development.
- Built on IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition, the popular Java IDE by JetBrains
- Flexible Gradle-based build system
- At the core of Android Studio is an intelligent code editor capable of advanced code completion, refactoring, and code analysis.
- 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.
- Build apps for Android phones, tablets, Android Wear, Android TV, Android Auto and Google Glass
- Android Studio’s instant run feature allows you to to quickly see your changes running on your device or emulator.
- Expanded template support for Google Services and various device types
- Android Studio comes pre-configured with an optimized emulator image.
- Create multiple APKs for your Android app with different features using the same project.
- Lint tools to catch performance, usability, version compatibility, and other problems
- Built-in support for Google Cloud Platform, making it easy to integrate Google Cloud Messaging and App Engine
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If you have been using Eclipse with ADT, be aware that Android Studio is now the official IDE for Android, so you should migrate to Android Studio to receive all the latest IDE updates. For help moving projects, see Migrating to Android Studio.