Google Android Studio Makes App Development Easier

Posted May 16, 2013

At the Google I/O Developer conference, Google announced new software called Google Android Studio.  Google Android Studio is a new Android development environment that is based on IntelliJ IDEA.  Google Android Studio is similar to Eclipse with the ADT Plugin and it provides integrated Android developer tools for development and debugging.  It can be considered a replacement for Eclipse. Android Studio is available as an early access preview on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Other features in Google Android Studio include:

1.) Gradle-based build support

2.) Android-specific refactoring and quick fixes

3.) Lint tools for catching performance, usability, version compatibility, and other issues

4.) ProGuard and app-signing capabilities

5.) Template-based wizards to create Android designs and components

6.) A rich layout editor that lets you drag-and-drop UI components and preview layouts on multiple screen configurations

Changes to your Android app code are reflected in the simulator in real-time.  There is an app translation service that allows developers to get professional translations directly from the developer console.

Referral tracking has been added to Google Android Studio so that developers can see which ads are the most effective for promoting their apps.  Referral tracking is also integrated into Google Analytics.  There are new revenue graphs that displays the app revenue.