Google announced the Android Studio development platform at its 2013 I/O event. Ever since then, developers have been waiting for the new IDE to fully mature. Today, the Search giant announced the release of version 1.0 of the Android Studio IDE.
Android Studio 1.0 brings convenience to developers, including a number of top-notch features that will make things a lot easier. For instance, the intelligent code editing feature is likely to appeal to many developers. There are also new user interface design tools, performance analytics and a lot more.
Previously, the company had been encouraging Android application developers to use the eclipse IDE when engineering Android apps. But the new version will provide users with the capability to migrate from eclipse. This means their existing Android apps projects can be ported to Android Studio, and this kind of backward compatibility is a major milestone.
Android developers can get the stable version of Android Studio from this download link. Google has also announced that they will run standalone channels for Android Studio like chrome. This will further make it possible for developers to get bleeding edge features on the beta branch.
Android is the most popular mobile operating system today, and its app store, the Google Play Store, hosts the largest number of apps. There are more Android developers than there are developers for any other platform. The fact that Android Studio version 1.0 has a wealth of additional features means developers will be encouraged and motivated to engineer more apps. By mid-2015, the effects of the new IDE on the developer community will be evident. Samsung Update predicts that there will be more Android apps published per unit time than ever. This will give the Android user base increased variety and quality to choose from.