At Google.io, along with the announcement of VR Mode in Android N, Google announces a preview release of Android Studio 2.2. Android Studio is a free IDE for Android development based off the popular IntelliJ Java IDE.
Details of the new release:
Android Studio is the quickest way to get up and running with Android N and all our new platform features. Today at Google I/O, we previewed Android Studio 2.2 – another big update to the IDE designed to help you code faster with smart new tooling features built in. One of the headline features is our rewritten layout designer with the new constraint layout. In addition to helping you get out of XML to do your layouts visually, the new tools help you easily design for Android’s many great devices. Once you’re happy with a layout, we do all the hard work to automatically calculate constraints for you, so your UIs will resize automatically on different screen sizes . Here’s an overview of more of what’s new in 2.2 Preview (we’ll be diving into more detail this update at 10AM PT tomorrow in “What’s new in Android Development Tools”, livestreamed from Google I/O):
- Speed: New layout designer and constraint layout, Espresso test recording and even faster builds
- Smarts: APK analyzer, Layout inspector, expanded Android code analysis and IntelliJ 2016.1
- Platform Support: Enhanced Jack compiler / Java 8 support, Expanded C++ support with CMake and NDK-Build, Firebase support and enhanced accessibility