1. What is Android Studio?
It’s an Android focused IDE, designed specially for Android development. It was launched on 16th May 2013, during Google’s I/O 2013 event. Android studio contains all the Android SDK tools to design, test, debug and profile your app. By looking at the development tools and environment, we can see its similar to Eclipse with the ADT plug-in, but as I have mentioned above, it’s an Android focused IDE, and there are many cool features available in Android Studio that can foster and increase your development productivity.
One great thing is that it depends on the IntelliJ Idea IDE, which has proved itself to be a great IDE and has been in use by many Android engineers.
2. Android Studio Features
- Gradle-based build support.
- Android-specific refactoring and quick fixes.
- Lint tools to catch performance, usability, version compatibility and other problems.
- ProGuard integration and app-signing capabilities.
- Template-based wizards to create common Android designs and components.
- A rich layout editor that allows users to drag-and-drop UI components, option to preview layouts on multiple screen configurations.
- Support for building Android Wear apps
- Built-in support for Google Cloud Platform, enabling integration with Google Cloud Messaging and App Engine.
- Google App Engine integration (Google Cloud Platform/Messaging)
- Fingerprint Support
- Public and Private Resources
- Editor Support for the Latest Android APIs