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Android Studio 0.8.11 Released

posted Sep 18, 2014, 4:58 PM by Tor Norbye   [ updated Sep 22, 2014, 5:45 PM by Siva Velusamy ]
We've just released Android Studio 0.8.11 to the canary channel, with the following improvements:
  • Support for the new version of the Android Gradle plugin (0.13), which was also released today (more info). Note however that the IDE continues to work with version 0.12 of the plugin! The new plugin supports (and requires) Gradle 2.1, so if you try to update a project with a Gradle wrapper which points to an unsupported version, the IDE detects this and offers to fix it:
    Similarly, if you try to import a Gradle project which does not contain a gradle wrapper, it will offer to let you insert one:

  • Lint errors can now display the full issue explanation text in-place in the editor. This is helpful when the short single-line error message does not fully explain what the problem is.
    There is a hyperlink at the end of the single line message, and a keyboard shortcut listed next to it; clicking the link or pressing the keybinding will replace the tooltip with the full explanation text:

    (All 200 lint checks have full explanations; please let us know if you find any of them that are still not clear.)

  • The layout editor now checks to make sure that you have the latest available versions of "layoutlib". This is useful because the rendering library is actually shipped with the SDK rather than with Android Studio, so even if you are staying up to date with Android Studio canary builds, you can easily use obsolete versions of the layout library. The Android L preview rendering library in particular was recently updated, so if you do not have the latest version the IDE will check and let you know:

  • We've merged in the latest changes from IntelliJ 13.1.5 RC (release notes). One of these fixes changes the directory layout in the Android bundle
  • A lot of bug fixes!

Note: On Mac, the patch file is really big (165 MB, basically the full size of a download). The reason for this is that the OSX Android directory structure changed significantly, and the patch mechanism does not handle this well. We chose to include a patch only from 0.8.10 since upgrading via patches is easier than having to download a new version separately. If you are on an older version of Studio on a Mac, please download the full zip file.

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: 0.8.11 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.

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