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Android Studio: Our New, Shiny Android IDE

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Android Studio: Our New, Shiny Android IDE

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 The cat is out of the bag: yesterday, during Google I/O‘s keynote, we announced our new IntelliJ IDEA-based Android IDE, Android Studio. This is what my team has been working on for the past months.

From what I read on the web, Android Studio has been pretty well received. I personally heard nice comments about it, from “awesome!” to “fantastic!” and “really cool.”

Here are some highlights about Android Studio. I’ll be writing more detailed blogs about our IDE soon. Before I continue, let me make this clear:

This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer, Google.

With that out of the way, here we go:

Our goal is to be Gradle-centric

We are working closely with the Gradleware folks on a new Gradle-based build system. Right now, with Android Studio, you can create new Gradle-based Android projects or import existing ones. When you build your project in Android Studio, we disable the default IDEA Java builders and delegate the build to Gradle. You get the same output from building within Android Studio or from the command line. Our goal is to have Gradle build files as the only source of truth.

This is an early access preview

Even though it is possible to create applications with Android Studio, there are still rough corners, bugs and features that we have not implemented yet. It would be great to get as many bug reports and feature requests from early adopters. Here is the list of known issues.

We still support Eclipse

We will be supporting Eclipse ADT as well. In fact, we plan to add similar Gradle support to ADT. The catch here is that given limitations in Eclipse, especially JDT, we cannot guarantee a development experience as smooth as Android Studio. You can, however, export your Eclipse-based Android project as a Gradle project, and then import it into Android Studio.

This is not a fork of IntelliJ IDEA

We have been working, and continue to work, really close with JetBrains, the folks behind the best Java IDE, IDEA. They implemented the changes we needed in their platform in order to develop Android Studio. Eventually, you will be able drop Android Studio as a plug-in into your copy of IDEA.

That’s it for now. Stay tuned for more Android Studio posts :)

Update: Xav‘s and Tor‘s Google I/O talk “What’s New in Android Developer Tools” is on YouTube!

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