Google launches Android Studio 3.2

Android Studio is the official IDE for Android development. It includes everything necessary to build Android apps. Google released Android 3.2, which has a bunch of useful new features developers. It includes a new app publishing format, an energy profiler, and an improvised emulator. The new update includes over new features. Few of those are related to Android Pie and the new Android App bundle.

To get the latest version, Click “Help> Check for updates (on Mac, Android Studio>Check for updates)”. Just like every other year, the company had announced the update at its IO developer conference in May.


Features of Android Studio 3.2

New Assistant

Firstly,new assistant informs you about the latest changes in Android Studio. Secondly, the assistant opens when you start Android Studio after a fresh installation or update if it detects that there is new information to show. Therefore, you can also open assistant by choosing “Help> What’s new in Android Studio”.

Android Jetpack

Android Jetpack helps to accelerate Android development, with components, tools and guidance that eliminate repetitive tasks and helps to build high-quality, testable apps.

Navigation Editor

The new Navigation Editor integrates with the navigation components of Android Jetpack. It provides a graphical view for creating the navigation structure of your app. It also simplifies the design and implementation of navigation between in-app destinations.

To enable Navigation Editor, follow the steps below:

  • File>Settings (Android Studio>Preferences on Mac)
  • Select the Experimental category, check the box next to Enable Navigation Editor
  • Restart Android Studio

Slices Support

It provide a new way to embed portions of your app’s functionality in other user interface surfaces on Android and make it possible to show app functionality and content in Google Search suggestions. However, Android Studio 3.2 has a built-in template to help you to extend your app with the new Slice Provider APIs. Therefore, to get started right-click a project folder and choose “New>Other>Slice Provider”.

Sample Data

This feature allows you to use placeholder data to aid in the design of your app. Therefore,  this helps you in visualizing layouts that depend on run-time data.

AMD Processor Support

Firstly, AMD processors are now supported by the Android Emulator on Windows 10. Secondly, Previously running the Android Emulator was limited to slow software emulation when running Windows, but developers who have an AMD processor can now have hardware accelerated performance.

Additionally, other features being Kotlin 1.2.61, IntelliJ IDEA 2018.1.6, Android profilers, Sessions, System Trace, Inspect JNI references in the Memory Profiler, Record CPU actibity during app startup etc.

However, there are many other exciting features for Android developers. Besides that, this release includes many stability and performance fixes in addition to the new features.

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