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Android Studio 1.2 Beta Available

posted Apr 2, 2015, 4:01 PM by Tor Norbye
Android Studio 1.2 Beta is now available in the beta update channel!

Version 1.2 updates Android Studio to be based on IntelliJ 14.1.1, released earlier this week. Relative to Android Studio 1.1, this means the IDE picks up all the new features from IntelliJ 14 and 14.1, such as
  • a new debugger which shows variable values inline in the editor, can decompile libraries you don't have source code for, and can generate a list of objects referring to a selected object
  • distraction free mode
  • simultaneous tag editing (where you can edit open and closing tags simultaneously)
  • editor enhancements like multiple selections, smart backspace indent, and automatic indentation detection for the current file
  • new and improved refactoring operations
  • annotation inference, scratch files, improved Gradle support, improved diff view, high-density monitor support, and many more features
  • See for more details.

There are some Android-specific enhancements as well:
  • Support for version 1.2-beta of the Gradle plugin
  • CPU monitor and performance collection capture view (described in the 1.2 Preview 2 announcement)
  • Improved BCP 47 support
  • Many bug fixes and a couple of additional lint checks
You can continue to use version 1.0 and version 1.1 of the Gradle plugin with Android Studio 1.2 (as well as the recently released 1.2-beta version).

If you encounter bugs, please follow these instructions to report them. 

You can use the update mechanism to update from earlier builds of 1.2 as well as from version 1.1 (stable). Note that the build is only available in the beta channel, not the stable channel, so if you are not offered the update you need to switch to the beta channel (to change channels, open the preference dialog, go to the Updates category and change the channel setting). 

However, if you update from 1.1 to 1.2 beta note that this will replace your current installation. You can keep 1.1 and 1.2 installed side by side (they use separate settings directories) so you can go to the Android Studio 1.2 Beta page and download a separate installation if you prefer. If you patch update to 1.2 and want to go back or have both installed, you can also Download Android Studio 1.1.

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