Android Studio development platform heading towards full release

A new beta version is now available for download

Google's Android Studio development environment is available in a beta version that makes it easier to create apps for smartwatches and TVs.

The beta was announced at the Google I/O developer conference along with preview versions of Android L and the associated SDK (software development kit).

The preview version of Android Studio, an IntelliJ-based IDE (Integrated Development Environment), was one of the big announcements at I/O last year. Google's goal is to optimize and simplify app development compared to the existing Eclipse IDE. The company didn't say when a final edition would become available, but the beta is a step in the right direction. Studio is "making great progress toward a full release," according to a blog post.

Earlier this week Marius Mårnes Mathiesen, head of Android development at Norwegian consultant Shortcut, said he had been surprised that the preview version included so "few obvious bugs and shortcomings," indicating that it won't take too long for a full release to arrive.

The Studio build system now supports the creation of multiple APKs (application package file) for different types of devices. The beta also includes an app wizard and layout editor for Android Wear and Android TV, which will make it easier for developers to create applications for the two new platforms, Google said.

Wear is an extension of Android that's been customized for smaller screens. The first two products based on the platform, the Gear Live from Samsung and LG's G Watch, will start shipping in the beginning of July.

Android TV lets developers create native apps and games for set-top boxes, consoles and televisions. Smartphones and tablet applications will also be able to send content to Android TVs thanks to the cast feature, which today is used by the Chromecast USB stick.

One thing still missing from the Studio beta is support for the Android NDK (native development kit), which developers can use to build parts of their apps using languages such as C and C++. But it will be added soon, according to Google.

The beta can be downloaded from the Android developer website.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags application developmentsmartphonesGoogle I/OAndroidsoftwaremobileDevelopment toolsmobile applicationsAndroid OSconsumer electronicsGoogle

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?