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Android Studio - Android Programming IDE Overview

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Android Studio - Android IDEsAndroid Studio is Google's official IDE for Android, which is based on Intellij IDEA with features custom-designed for Android. It replaced the earlier Eclipse-based Android Development Tools (ADT) as the preferred IDE for the platform. According to the most recent top IDE list on the PYPL Index, Android Studio is the third most popular IDE in the world with a 9.87 percent share. It is the default option for Android developers, and as a Google offering, it integrates easily with Google Cloud Platform.

Developer/Owner: Google

Key features:

  • Instant run
  • Intelligent code editor
  • Android Emulator
  • Flexible Gradle-based build system
  • Android device optimization
  • Integration with GitHub, Subversion and other team tools
  • Code templates
  • Sample apps
  • Lintelligence
  • Integrated testing
  • Layout Editor
  • Vecor Asset Studio
  • APK Analyzer
  • Translations Editor

Programming languages supported:Java, C, C++, Kotlin

Target operating systems: Android

Runs on: Windows, macOS, Linux

System Requirements:

  • Windows 7 or later, macOS 10.10 or later, or 64-bit Linux with GNOME or KDE desktop and GNU C Library
  • 3 GB RAM plus 1 GB for Android Emulator (8 GB recommended)
  • 2 GB disk space (4 GB recommended)
  • 1280 x 800 or better screen resolution

Target audience: Any Android developers, but best for experienced developers

First production release: December 2014

Most recent update/stable release:Version (June 8, 2017)

License: Freeware

Price: Free

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This article was originally published on September 15, 2017

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