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Android Studio

Android Studio
Developer(s) Google
Stable release 1.4.1 / October 21, 2015 (2015-10-21)[1]
Preview release 1.5 Preview 2 / October 21, 2015 (2015-10-21)[2]
Development status Stable
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
License Apache 2.0[3]
Website .html/index/

Android Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) for developing for the Android platform. It was announced on May 16, 2013 at the Google I/O conference by Google's Product Manager, Katherine Chou. Android Studio is freely available under the Apache License 2.0.[3]

Android Studio was in early access preview stage starting from version 0.1 in May 2013, then entered beta stage starting from version 0.8 which was released in June 2014.[4] The first stable build was released in December 2014, starting from version 1.0.[5]

Based on JetBrains' IntelliJ IDEA software, Android Studio is designed specifically for Android development.[6] It is available for download on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux,[7][8] and replaced Eclipse Android Development Tools (ADT) as Google's primary IDE for native Android application development.


  • Features 1
  • System requirements 2
  • Android Studio vs. Eclipse ADT comparison 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


New features are expected to be rolled out with each release of Android Studio. The following features are provided in the current version:[9][10]

  • Live Layout: WYSIWYG Editor - Live Coding - Real-time App Rendering.[11]
  • Gradle-based build support.
  • Android-specific refactoring and quick fixes.
  • Lint tools to catch performance, usability, version compatibility and other problems.
  • ProGuard and app-signing capabilities.
  • Template-based wizards to create common Android designs and components.
  • A rich layout editor that allows users to drag-and-drop UI components, option to preview layouts on multiple screen configurations.
  • Support for building Android Wear apps
  • Built-in support for Google Cloud Platform, enabling integration with Google Cloud Messaging and App Engine.[12]

System requirements

Windows OS X Linux
OS version Microsoft Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/2003/XP (32 or 64 bit) Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher, up to 10.10 to up 10.10.2 up 10.10.3 on 10.10.5 (Yosemite) GNOME or KDE or Unity desktop on Ubuntu or Fedora or GNU/Linux Debian
RAM 2 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB RAM recommended
Disk space 500 MB disk space
Space for Android SDK At least 1 GB for Android SDK, emulator system images, and caches
JDK version Java Development Kit (JDK) 7 or higher
Screen resolution 1280x800 minimum screen resolution

Android Studio vs. Eclipse ADT comparison

Feature Android Studio Eclipse ADT
Build system Gradle Ant
Maven-based build dependencies Yes No
Build variants and multiple-APK generation Yes No
Advanced Android code completion and refactoring Yes No
Graphical layout editor Yes Yes
APK signing and keystore management Yes Yes
NDK support Yes Yes


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External links

  • Official homepage at
  • Introduction at Google I/O 2013 video from YouTube
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