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Android Studio 2.1 Preview 5 Available

posted Mar 31, 2016, 5:16 PM by Tor Norbye

We've just pushed Android Studio 2.1 Preview 5 to the canary channel. This build incorporates a number of Instant Run bug fixes from the 2.0 release branch (released in 2.0 Release Candidate 1 yesterday), along with a handful of 2.1-only additional fixes. A number of developers have asked what the difference is between 2.0 and 2.1. In short:

  • 2.0 is nearly done; release candidate 1 was posted yesterday
  • 2.1 is basically just 2.0 plus fixes to support the Android N Preview SDK.


You can update your current 2.0 or 2.1 Preview installation to 2.1 Preview 5 via the built-in patch mechanism (Check for Updates). Make sure you switch to the Canary channel, if necessary.

You can also update from 1.5 to 2.1 Preview 5 via the patch mechanism, but you may not want to do that: See our page about how to keep multiple installations simultaneously while Studio is in preview mode.

You can also download a full zip of 2.1 Preview from the Android Studio 2.1 Preview 5 page.


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