Posted by Jamal Eason, Product Manager

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Today notes the launch of the initial variation of Android Studio Arctic Fox (2020.3.1) on the canary network, along with Android Gradle plugin (AGP) variation 7.0.0-alpha01. With this launch, we are readjusting the variation numbering of Android Studio as well as our Gradle plugin. This adjustment decouples the Gradle plugin from the Android Studio versioning plan as well as brings much more quality to which year as well as IntelliJ variation Android Studio straightens with for every launch.

New versioning plan – Android Studio

With Android Studio Arctic Fox (2020.3.1) we are relocating to a year-based system that is much more carefully lined up with IntelliJ SUGGESTION, the IDE whereupon Android Studio is constructed. We are altering the variation numbering plan to inscribe a variety of crucial features: the year, the variation of IntelliJ it is based upon, plus attribute as well as spot degree. WIth this name adjustment you can rapidly determine which variation of the IntelliJ system you are making use of in Android Studio. In enhancement, each significant variation will certainly have an approved codename, beginning with Arctic Fox, and afterwards continuing alphabetically to aid make it very easy to see which variation is more recent.

We advise that you make use of the most up to date variation of Android Studio to ensure that you have accessibility to the most up to date attributes as well as high quality enhancements. To make it simpler to keep up to day, we made the variation adjustment to plainly de-couple Android Studio from your Android Gradle Plugin variation. An crucial information to bear in mind is that there is no effect to the method the construct system assembles as well as packages your application when you upgrade the IDE. In comparison, application construct procedure adjustments as well as APK/Bundles are determined by your job AGP variation. Therefore, it is risk-free to upgrade your Android Studio variation, also late in your growth cycle, due to the fact that your job AGP variation can be upgraded in a various tempo than your Android Studio variation. Lastly, with the brand-new variation system it is also simpler than prior to for you or your group to run both the secure as well as sneak peek variations of Android Studio at the exact same time on your application job as long as you maintain the AGP variation on a steady launch.

In the previous numbering system, this launch would certainly have been Android Studio 4.3. With the brand-new numbering system, it is currently Android Studio Arctic Fox (2020.3.1) Canary 1 or simply, Arctic Fox.

Going onward, right here is just how the Android Studio variation number plan will certainly function:

<Year of IntelliJ Version>.<IntelliJ major version>.<Studio major version>

  • The initially 2 number teams stand for the variation of the last IntellIj system that a specific Android Studio launch is based upon (earlier canaries might still get on the earlier variation). For this launch, this is 2020.3.
  • The 3rd number team stands for the Studio significant variation, beginning at 1 as well as incrementing by one for every single significant launch.
  • To make it simpler to describe each variation, we are additionally providing significant launches a code word, incrementing fully based upon pet names. This first launch name is Arctic Fox.

New versioning plan – Android Gradle plugin

With AGP 7.0.0 we are taking on the concepts of semantic versioning, as well as straightening with the Gradle variation that AGP calls for. Compatibility in between Android Studio as well as Android Gradle plugin stays the same. Projects that make use of secure variations of AGP can be opened up with more recent variations of Android Studio.

We will certainly release one more message quickly with even more information regarding our AGP versioning viewpoint as well as what is brand-new in AGP 7.0.

What is brand-new in Android Studio Arctic Fox

We remain in very early days in the attribute growth stage for Arctic Fox, however we have actually spent a lot of our time in attending to over 200 high quality enhancements as well as insects throughout a variety of locations in the IDE from the code editor, application examination devices, format editor to the ingrained emulator. Check out the launch notes for the details insect solutions.

For those checking out Jetpack Compose, we have a host of brand-new updates, like deploy @Preview composables to device/emulator:

Deploy sneak peek composable

Also try the brand-new Layout Validation Tool in Arctic Fox to see just how your format reacts to different displays dimensions, font dimensions, as well as Android Color Correction/Color Blind Modes. You can access this by means of the Layout Validation device home window when you are making use of the Layout Editor.

Layout Validation

Lastly, for those running MacOS (various other systems are coming quickly) with the most up to date Android Platform devices as well as an Android 11 gadget, you can try the IDE assimilation for the Wireless ADB attribute by mosting likely to the Run gadget option discussion → Pair Devices Using Wi-Fi.

Menu to gain access to Wireless ADB attribute

Wireless ADB Setup Window

What’s Next

If you intend to discover more regarding various other thorough adjustments including this launch for both Android Studio as well as the Android Gradle plugin, make certain to have a look at the launch notes.