Latest Android Studio 0.3.7 features


Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. Similar to Eclipse with the ADT Plugin, Android Studio provides integrated Android developer tools for development and debugging. On top of the capabilities you expect from IntelliJ, Android Studio offers:

  • 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 you to drag-and-drop UI components, preview layouts on multiple screen configurations, and much more.
  • Built-in support for Google Cloud Platform, making it easy to integrate Google Cloud Messaging and App Engine as server-side components. 

Whats New in Android Studio 0.3.7

Installation:
If you are already running Android Studio, just restart it, or manually check for updates via Help > Check for Update... (on OSX, look in the Android Studio menu).  This will download and install a small patch rather than download a full IDE image.
If you need to download a full install, visit the Android Studio Canary Build 0.3.7 page. 
Note that if you are currently running 0.2.10 or 0.2.11, on Mac OSX, you will not be able to patch update to 0.3.4; you will need to install a fresh build due to a bug in the patch updater in those versions.


Layout Editing:
Layout rendering sandbox: Custom views in layouts are now rendered in a sandbox such that they do not accidentally overwrite files or mistakingly execute commands if they believe they are running in a real Android environment. 
Note that if you download third party custom view libraries and insert references to these in your own layouts, and then view the layouts in the layout editor, the layout renderer will execute the custom view code in the IDE process with your desktop privileges.


 

Gradle
The experimental "Direct Gradle Invocation" mode is now the default.
Improved error diagnostics.
Improved SDK management.

    

Templates
New templates for adding custom views, services, broadcast receivers, fragments, daydreams, etc. To invoke, right click on the target package and invoke New > Android Component.

 

Lint
New lint check which looks for calls to Context#checkCallingPermission without using the result of that call (which probably meant to call Context#enforceCallingPermission instead).
  Source:tools.android.com

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