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Android Studio 2.1 Preview now available for Android N Preview

posted Mar 9, 2016, 9:59 AM by Chris Iremonger

We've released Android Studio 2.1 Preview in the canary channel to support the Android N Developer Preview.


Android Studio 2.1 (canary channel) is a minor update to Android Studio 2.0 (beta channel) that includes changes to improve support for Java 8 and the new Jack compiler. To use Java 8 language features when developing with the Android N Preview, you currently need to use the Jack compiler provided with Android Studio 2.1. An updated New Project wizard also generates the correct configuration for projects targeting the Android N Preview.


Android Studio 2.1 also improves support for the latest Android Emulator 2.0 Beta, which provides the best performance with the Android N Preview system image.

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You should be aware of the following known issues in Android Studio 2.1 as they relate to development with the N Preview:


  • Instant Run currently is not compatible with the Jack compiler, so it is disabled for projects configured to use the Jack compiler until the fix is applied. (Using the Jack compiler is necessary only when using Java 8 language features.)

  • Various tools that read .class files (such as JaCoCo, Mockito, and some lint checks) are currently not compatible with the Jack compiler.

  • Native debugging (with LLDB) currently does not work with Android N Preview.


Also see the Known Issues page for information about other Android Studio problems, which we'll update as necessary. If you find other problems with Android Studio, please report bugs.


We will be updating Android Studio 2.1 quite frequently in the canary channel as we fix issues and enable new functionality. Please make sure to update to the latest version before filing bugs.


For more information about developing with the N Preview, see developer.android.com/preview.
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