Saying Android Studio Arctic Fox (2020.3.1) & Android Gradle plugin 7.0

Posted by Jamal Eason, Product Supervisor

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Right now marks the discharge of the primary model of Android Studio Arctic Fox (2020.3.1) on the canary channel, along with Android Gradle plugin (AGP) model 7.0.0-alpha01. With this launch, we’re adjusting the model numbering of Android Studio and our Gradle plugin. This alteration decouples the Gradle plugin from the Android Studio versioning scheme and brings extra readability to which 12 months and IntelliJ model Android Studio aligns with for every launch.

New versioning scheme – Android Studio

With Android Studio Arctic Fox (2020.3.1) we’re transferring to a year-based system that’s extra intently aligned with IntelliJ IDEA, the IDE upon which Android Studio is constructed. We’re altering the model numbering scheme to encode plenty of necessary attributes: the 12 months, the model of IntelliJ it’s primarily based on, plus characteristic and patch stage. WIth this title change you’ll be able to rapidly work out which model of the IntelliJ platform you might be utilizing in Android Studio. As well as, every main model may have a canonical codename, beginning with Arctic Fox, after which continuing alphabetically to assist make it simple to see which model is newer.

We advocate that you just use the newest model of Android Studio so that you’ve entry to the newest options and high quality enhancements. To make it simpler to remain updated, we made the model change to obviously de-couple Android Studio out of your Android Gradle Plugin model. An necessary element to bear in mind is that there is no such thing as a impression to the way in which the construct system compiles and packages your app once you replace the IDE. In distinction, app construct course of adjustments and APK/Bundles are dictated by your venture AGP model. Due to this fact, it’s protected to replace your Android Studio model, even late in your improvement cycle, as a result of your venture AGP model could be up to date in a distinct cadence than your Android Studio model. Lastly, with the brand new model system it’s even simpler than earlier than for you or your staff to run each the steady and preview variations of Android Studio on the same time in your app venture so long as you retain the AGP model on a steady launch.

Within the earlier numbering system, this launch would have been Android Studio 4.3. With the brand new numbering system, it’s now Android Studio Arctic Fox (2020.3.1) Canary 1 or simply, Arctic Fox.

Going ahead, right here is how the Android Studio model quantity scheme will work:

<Yr of IntelliJ Model>.<IntelliJ main model>.<Studio main model>

  • The primary two quantity teams characterize the model of the ultimate IntellIj platform {that a} specific Android Studio launch relies on (earlier canaries should be on the sooner model). For this launch, that is 2020.3.
  • The third quantity group represents the Studio main model, beginning at 1 and incrementing by one for each main launch.
  • To make it simpler to refer to every model, we’re additionally giving main releases a code title, incrementing from A to Z primarily based on animal names. This preliminary launch title is Arctic Fox.

New versioning scheme – Android Gradle plugin

With AGP 7.0.0 we’re adopting the ideas of semantic versioning, and aligning with the Gradle model that AGP requires. Compatibility between Android Studio and Android Gradle plugin stays unchanged. Tasks that use steady variations of AGP could be opened with newer variations of Android Studio.

We’ll publish another post quickly with extra particulars about our AGP versioning philosophy and what’s new in AGP 7.0.

What’s new in Android Studio Arctic Fox

We’re in early days within the characteristic improvement part for Arctic Fox, however now we have invested a lot of our time in addressing over 200 high quality enhancements and bugs throughout a variety of areas within the IDE from the code editor, app inspection instruments, format editor to the embedded emulator. Try the release notes for the particular bug fixes.

For these attempting out Jetpack Compose, now we have a number of recent updates, like deploy @Preview composables to gadget/emulator:

Deploy preview composable

Additionally check out the brand new Structure Validation Software in Arctic Fox to see how your format responds to numerous screens sizes, font sizes, and Android Coloration Correction/Coloration Blind Modes. You’ll be able to entry this by way of the Structure Validation software window when you find yourself utilizing the Structure Editor.

Structure Validation

Lastly, for these working MacOS (different platforms are coming quickly) with the newest Android Platform instruments and an Android 11 gadget, you’ll be able to check out the IDE integration for the Wireless ADB characteristic by going to the Run gadget choice dialogue → Pair Units Utilizing Wi-Fi.

Menu to entry Wi-fi ADB characteristic

Wi-fi ADB Setup Window

What’s Subsequent

If you wish to study extra about different detailed adjustments coming with this launch for each Android Studio and the Android Gradle plugin, make certain to check out the release notes.

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