These are exciting times for app development, especially for the Android platform considering that it is getting the lion’s share of smartphone and tablet users. It is under this circumstances that Google announced the release of its very own integrated development environment (IDE) last year.
The Android Studio promises to change the way developers look at application creation forever. From better-looking interface to a more a responsive IDE in general, not to mention more powerful analytic features compared to existing IDEs, this Google creation has the potential to usher in a new breed of applications.
While Studio is not something that was created from scratch, it being based on JetBrains’ IntelliJ IDEA, it remains a lead forward as far as application development is concerned. There are many reasons that make this IDE seemingly better than the existing ones.
For instance, developers are expected to have an easier time creating layouts for their Android applications as Studio has drag-and-drop capability. This is a convenient feature for developers who may have experienced the cumbersome process of creating layouts for their apps using the older IDEs.
In addition, Google has made it a point to allow developers to simulate one’s creations in various devices. For example, Studio allows developers to see how their apps would appear in various devices or gadgets. This is very helpful for those who plan to make their apps available for and compatible with several devices of differing screen sizes.
This feature is very helpful in debugging applications as it allows developers to effect device-specific changes to the app.
For hardcore developers, and those who are demand a more thorough coding process, Studio has what they need. The IDE packs a feature-rich code editor that boasts of a powerful code analysis mechanism. Also, this feature advanced users to take advantage of their skills with the integration of an advanced code completion feature.
While some people may view Studio as one that is intentionally designed for advanced developers, the truth is that it is easy to use even for beginners. Case in point is the existence of project creation wizard. This is very helpful for new Android developers who still lack the experience to easily come up with their own application blueprint.
The wizard allows users to pick from any of the existing code templates involving some interface features. This can variably decrease the creation time by several seconds.
Android Studio also claims to have a better emulation or simulation capability. Its virtual device manager allows developers to easily pick from any of supported device profiles, making app testing a breeze compared to other IDEs.
Finally, Studio makes it easy to create APKs for multiple Android devices without creating a new project for each one of them. Again, this is very helpful for developers who plan to launch their apps for various platform.
This new IDE may be far from perfect. However, based on its new features, it is clear that it has a potential to push developers to aim to achieve more.