Android Studio is the Android application development tool that Google had launched in the month of December 2014. Earlier to this date, there was a Beta version available. It boasts of a highly functional environment for your Android Application Development needs. Earlier, Google promoted the Eclipse IDE with the Android Development Tools bundled together for Android application development, but after launching their own IDE, Google wants you to start using Android Studio for a better development experience.
What is Android Studio?
Android Studio is the official Android Application Development IDE based on IntelliJ IDEA. It supports development for all versions of Android, including Android Wear, Android TV and Android Auto, provided you download the respective SDKs from their servers. It offers many features that the earlier Eclipse-ADT bundle did not offer. Moreover, it’s the IDE that Google is supporting, and would release frequent updates to as well. Since my usage of this tool since December last year, I’ve received numerous updates which have not only fixed few bugs, but improved performance as well.
Why Start Using Android Studio Today?
This is a question that a few of my friends asked me when I told them about Android Studio. There are many reasons to start using this tool, but to sum up those reasons in this post, here are the ones that will make you switch to this development environment today.
- It is the official supported IDE by Google for Android Application Development
- It provides Gradle-based build system
- It provides code templates to build common app features
- It is seamlessly integrated with the Google Cloud Platform, which allows you to easily set up Google Cloud Messaging for your application and include the Google App Engine in your application
- It has an advanced lint tool that helps you increase your app performance and helps you with usability, and version compatibility
- It has a good-looking interface, which is the first and foremost thing I look for in any software or tool I use
- It is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux as well, which means you can use your favorite Operating System while developing the applications on Android Studio
I hope by going through this post, you know why to switch to Android Studio as your Development Environment for your future Android application development. However, if you still are unsure about this move, ask about it in the comments section below. If you are using Android Studio for your development process already, leave a comment below stating what you like most about this IDE. Don’t forget to subscribe to our email newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.