Recent Changes

    The following features and bug fixes were recently checked in. For complete details, see the git changelogs at

    ADT Plugin for Eclipse 23.0.3 Released

    posted Aug 8, 2014, 4:52 PM by Tor Norbye   [ updated Aug 8, 2014, 4:55 PM ]

    We've just released ADT 23.0.3, which contains a small number of critical bug fixes. To update, invoke Help > Check For Updates. Make sure you that you are using the https, not the http URL to the update center:
    https://dl.google.com/android/eclipse/

    Additional release notes: http://developer.android.com/tools/sdk/eclipse-adt.html

    Android Studio 0.8.6 Released

    posted Aug 8, 2014, 4:05 PM by Tor Norbye

    We've just released Android Studio 0.8.6 to the canary channel. Version 0.8.6 contains only a couple of bug fixes relative to 0.8.5. Assuming there are no unexpected regressions, we'll promote this build to the beta channel in a couple of days.

    Installation
    If you are already running Android Studio version 0.8.x, just restart it, or manually check for updates via Help > Check for Update... (on OSX, look in the Android Studio menu).  This will download and install a small patch rather than download a full IDE image. If you are using an older version, you'll need to download a full install from the downloads page.

    NOTE: 0.8.6 is currently only available in the canary channel, and Android Studio Beta will by default only look for updates in the beta channel, so if you want to update, open the preference dialog, go to the Updates category and change the channel setting.

    Problems?
    If you run into problems, be sure to check the Known Issues page which we'll update as necessary

    Android Studio 0.8.5 Released

    posted Aug 6, 2014, 4:48 PM by Tor Norbye   [ updated Aug 6, 2014, 4:48 PM ]

    We've just released Android Studio 0.8.5 to the canary channel. Version 0.8.5 contains only bug fixes relative to 0.8.4, primarily in the new Android project view introduced in 0.8.4. Thanks for your feedback and keep it coming!

    Installation
    If you are already running Android Studio version 0.8.x, just restart it, or manually check for updates via Help > Check for Update... (on OSX, look in the Android Studio menu).  This will download and install a small patch rather than download a full IDE image. If you are using an older version, you'll need to download a full install from the downloads page.

    NOTE: 0.8.5 is currently only available in the canary channel, and Android Studio Beta will by default only look for updates in the beta channel, so if you want to update, open the preference dialog, go to the Updates category and change the channel setting.

    Problems?
    If you run into problems, be sure to check the Known Issues page which we'll update as necessary


    Android Studio 0.8.4 Released

    posted Jul 24, 2014, 12:33 PM by Tor Norbye

    We've just released Android Studio 0.8.4 to the canary channel. In addition to a number of bug fixes, this version contains the new Android project view which offers a flattened and reorganized view of the Gradle project structure. It is not yet the default view, so to enable it, right click on the Project and choose "Android" from the list of views; it's at the bottom of the menu shown in the following screenshot:

    You'll now see a project where all the build files are in one place, for each module the code is at the top, manifest files are grouped together, etc.


    The biggest change is for hierarchy of resource files. First, they're all combined across Gradle source sets. Second, resources across all qualifiers (locales, orientations, screen sizes and densities etc) get combined into a single folder per resource folder type:


    This work is not done yet; there are a couple of open bugs, and we're considering some additional improvements such as an option to merge modules together, allowing double click to open files rather than expanding children, etc. But given the large interest in this feature we wanted to make it available as soon as possible!

    Installation
    If you are already running Android Studio version 0.8.x, just restart it, or manually check for updates via Help > Check for Update... (on OSX, look in the Android Studio menu).  This will download and install a small patch rather than download a full IDE image. If you are using an older version, you'll need to download a full install from the downloads page.

    NOTE: 0.8.4. is currently only available in the canary channel, and Android Studio Beta will by default only look for updates in the beta channel, so if you want to update, open the preference dialog, go to the Updates category and change the channel setting.

    Problems?
    If you run into problems, be sure to check the Known Issues page which we'll update as necessary


    Android Studio 0.8.3 Released

    posted Jul 21, 2014, 5:03 PM by Tor Norbye   [ updated Jul 21, 2014, 5:17 PM ]

    We've just released Android Studio 0.8.3 to the canary channel, with the following improvements:

    Installation
    If you are already running Android Studio version 0.8.x, just restart it, or manually check for updates via Help > Check for Update... (on OSX, look in the Android Studio menu).  This will download and install a small patch rather than download a full IDE image. If you are using an older version, you'll need to download a full install from the downloads page.

    NOTE: 0.8.3. is currently only available in the canary channel, and Android Studio Beta will by default only look for updates in the beta channel, so if you want to update, open the preference dialog, go to the Updates category and change the channel setting.

    Problems?
    If you run into problems, be sure to check the Known Issues page which we'll update as necessary

    Android Studio 0.8.2 Released

    posted Jul 13, 2014, 3:03 PM by Tor Norbye

    We've just released Android Studio 0.8.2. This release contains only bugfixes reported in beta builds 0.8.0 and 0.8.1.

    Installation
    If you are already running Android Studio version 0.8.x, just restart it, or manually check for updates via Help > Check for Update... (on OSX, look in the Android Studio menu).  This will download and install a small patch rather than download a full IDE image. If you are using an older version, you'll need to download a full install from the downloads page.

    Problems?
    If you run into problems, be sure to check the Known Issues page which we'll update as necessary

    Android Studio Beta Released

    posted Jun 27, 2014, 9:25 AM by Tor Norbye

    We've just released Android Studio Beta! The build number for the first beta build is 0.8.0. And we've just released a minor update to the first beta build: 0.8.1.

    NOTE: For various technical reasons we will not offer a patch upgrade from 0.6.1 to 0.8, so you'll need to download and install the full IDE instead. If you have already installed 0.8.0, you can patch update from 0.8.0 to 0.8.1.

    In addition to bug fixes, the primary new features in Android Studio Beta are:
    • Support for the Android L preview SDK
      • Layout rendering: Support for the new L theme, widgets, and graphics support (such as shadow layers)
      • API version rendering (showing the layout across different UI versions)
      • Editor support for L APIs (such as the new Drawable XML tags and attributes, e.g. <ripple>, <animated-selector>, etc)
    • Support for Wear and TV
      • New templates for Android Wear and for Android TV, along with Gradle build support
      • Layout Rendering

    • New intention action to override resources
      • And lint quickfix for API check violations
    • Automatic platform component downloading during Gradle sync when a required platform is missing. For example, if your build.gradle file requires API 19, but your SDK install does not have Android 4.4 installed, you will get a fix link in the Gradle Sync window which offers to install it:
      When you click on it, you'll first get a license agreement dialog, and then it will continue to install the missing component and restart the sync. 

      This is not specific to missing Android SDK versions; it will also install missing build tools versions, or missing Android or Google Maven repositories.
    • Gradle Sync Caching. We now cache the synced Gradle model across IDE invocations, so if you exit the IDE and restart, the IDE should be ready to use much more quickly.

    Note: You can see many of these new features in action in the "What's New In Android Development Tools" talk; the IDE demo starts at around 19:30.

    Installation
    As noted above, you cannot use the IDE update mechanism to update from a canary build to the new beta build: you will need to download the full version. You can find the download here:

    Problems?
    If you run into problems, be sure to check the Known Issues page which we'll update as necessary

    What's New in Android Development Tools

    posted Jun 27, 2014, 9:09 AM by Tor Norbye

    At Google I/O 2014, we gave a talk entitled "What's New in Android Development Tools" where we covered recent improvements the tools, demoed new Android Studio features, the new L and Android TV system images and briefly discussed our future plans. The video from that talk is available on YouTube:

    What's New in Android Development Tools


    Android Studio 0.6.1 Released

    posted Jun 12, 2014, 3:02 PM by Tor Norbye

    We've just released Android Studio 0.6.1, with the following improvements:
    • A number of important bug fixes, particularly around the Gradle support
    • A revamped New Project Wizard. This work is still in progress, but should already be fully functional:
      Here's another screenshot which shows the minSdkVersion dialog helping you choose which minSdkVersion to target:
    • Several new lint checks:
      • A security check ensuring that Cipher.getInstance() is used with safe values:
      • A security check which looks for fragment injection
      • A gradle build script check which looks for cases where using property assignment no longer works as expected:
      • Another gradle build script which ensures that the gradle plugin version is compatible with the SDK
    • Did we mention bug fixes? By the way, the bug where you ask the Update check to limit itself to one channel (for example dev), and it would continue to offer Canary updates, has been fixed -- so you can now set it to your preferred channel again.

    Installation
    If you are already running Android Studio, just restart it, or manually check for updates via Help > Check for Update... (on OSX, look in the Android Studio menu).  This will download and install a small patch rather than download a full IDE image.
    If you need to download a full install, visit the Android Studio Canary Build 0.6.1 page.

    Problems?
    If you run into problems, be sure to check the Known Issues page which we'll update as necessary

    Android Studio 0.6.0 Released

    posted Jun 6, 2014, 1:09 PM by Tor Norbye

    We've just released Android Studio 0.6.0. There are no new user-visible features in this build relative to Studio 0.5.9 from last week. Most of the changes in this build are "under the hood" changes to support version 0.11 of the Android Gradle plugin, as well as bug fixes and integrating the latest IntelliJ 13.x fixes.

    NOTE: This new version of Studio requires version 0.11 of the Android Gradle plugin, also released today. When you open your project you'll get a sync warning like this:
    Clicking on the hyperlink will update your project to use 0.11.0 instead.

    One of the user visible changes in 0.11 is that we've deprecated the packageName and packageNameSuffix settings, and have renamed them to applicationId and applicationIdSuffix. The purpose of this is to make it clear that this application id is decoupled from package declarations in your manifest, and in particular, the R class and the BuildConfig class, and all the implementation classes inside your app, can be renamed and refactored freely; you just need to keep applicationId the same. If you open your build.gradle file, lint is highlighting these deprecated calls and offering quickfixes to update them:

    Installation
    If you are already running Android Studio, just restart it, or manually check for updates via Help > Check for Update... (on OSX, look in the Android Studio menu).  This will download and install a small patch rather than download a full IDE image.
    If you need to download a full install, visit the Android Studio Canary Build 0.6.0 page.

    Problems?
    If you run into problems, be sure to check the Known Issues page which we'll update as necessary

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