Google has released a preview of Android Studio 2.0., an integrated development environment (IDE) for making Android apps. The new version promises to help developers create and deploy apps faster. Here are the key features introduced in Android Studio 2.0.
Android Studio was released in 2013 and contains useful tools for developers to create Android apps including a code editor, code analysis tool and a variety of emulators.
In version 2.0., there is now an Instant Run feature that gives developers the ability to quickly see the changes they've made to their app's code on their android device or emulator. This means developers can make quick changes and then see them in action almost instantaneously. It's a great addition to Android Studio for debugging apps.
Instant Run will work for apps compatible with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later. Here's a video of Instant Run in action:
Google has also brought out GPU Profiler in Android Studio 2.0., a tool that allows developers to easily profile their code. According to Google:
"The tool is in early preview, but is very powerful and not only shows details about the GL State and Commands, you can record entire sessions and walk through the GL Framebuffer and Textures as your app is running OpenGL ES Code."
You'll need to download the GPU Debugging Tool package from the Android Studio SDK mManager to get started with GPU Profiler.
You can get Android Studio 2.0. over at the Android Studio Canary Channel website.