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

Posted by Jamal Eason, Product Supervisor

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At present 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 based mostly on, plus characteristic and patch degree. WIth this identify change you possibly can rapidly determine which model of the IntelliJ platform you’re utilizing in Android Studio. As well as, every main model could have a canonical codename, beginning with Arctic Fox, after which continuing alphabetically to assist make it simple to see which model is newer.

We suggest that you simply 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 isn’t a affect to the way in which the construct system compiles and packages your app whenever you replace the IDE. In distinction, app construct course of modifications and APK/Bundles are dictated by your undertaking AGP model. Due to this fact, it’s secure to replace your Android Studio model, even late in your improvement cycle, as a result of your undertaking AGP model may be up to date in a special 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 undertaking 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 is predicated 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 identify, incrementing from A to Z based mostly on animal names. This preliminary launch identify 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. Initiatives that use steady variations of AGP may be opened with newer variations of Android Studio.

We are going to 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 we have now 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, structure editor to the embedded emulator. Try the release notes for the particular bug fixes.

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

Deploy preview composable

Additionally check out the brand new Structure Validation Device in Arctic Fox to see how your structure responds to numerous screens sizes, font sizes, and Android Colour Correction/Colour Blind Modes. You may entry this through the Structure Validation instrument window if you find yourself utilizing the Structure Editor.

Structure Validation

Lastly, for these operating MacOS (different platforms are coming quickly) with the newest Android Platform instruments and an Android 11 gadget, you possibly can check out the IDE integration for the Wireless ADB characteristic by going to the Run gadget choice dialogue → Pair Gadgets 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 modifications 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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