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Android Studio 0.8.14 in Beta Channel

posted Oct 29, 2014, 11:42 AM by Tor Norbye
We've just updated promoted build 0.8.14 of Android Studio to the beta channel. The previous build in the beta channel was 0.8.9, so there are quite a few new changes for beta channel users. These are described in more details in the release announcements for each canary build: 0.8.10, 0.8.11, 0.8.12, 0.8.13 and 0.8.14.


If you are already using Android Studio Beta, you can update via the built-in patch mechanism (Check For Updates...). Note that the patch is quite large (over 100 MB).

If you have installed one of the Android Studio bundles (Android Studio along with an embedded Android SDK), the patch updater will block with the following dialog:
To proceed, you should open up a file explorer or finder window, go to the Android Studio installation (e.g. /Applications/Android and move the sdk/ folder over to a different location, such as your home directory. Once done, press Retry to finish installing the patch. The reason this is necessary is two-fold: First, we have made a lot of improvements to make the patch updater more accurate, and in order for installation signatures to match, you cannot have non-application folders inside the application directory. Second, placing the SDK folder inside the application directory was probably not a good idea to begin with: this folder should typically be writable and in a directory with a lot of extra diskspace, such that users can easily download and install additional libraries, system images and so on. We are doing some work on the installer side to make this easier to set up.

In the meantime, please find a different place to put the SDK (for example ~/android-sdk), and then point your SDK to this directory location instead. You can do this either by opening up the Project Structure Dialog and selecting the SDK Location tab, or if you try to load a project which is using the old location, you'll be prompted for the new location:

If you do not already have Android Studio Beta installed, you can download 0.8.14 from


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