Google has started Android Studio 4.2, the latest version of the primary tool developers use to create apps for the Android Platform. Android Studio is the official Integrated development environment (IDE) for the development of Android apps and is based on IntelliJ IDEA. Version 4.2 is available for download after months of beta testing.
Some of the highlights of the new version are the updated IntelliJ platform and the update of the wizard for new projects. With the IntelliJ platform upgrade, developers can take advantage of the updated GitHub UI for pull requests. There is a new central problem window that supports them as well.
Android Studio 4.2 includes a visual update to the new Project Assistant to make it easier to discover Android device types. ViewBinding has now also been added to each template. The new module wizards have also received a visual update to make it easier to understand the different types of modules developers can add to your app, Google says. With the new version, developers now have automatic code completion for Directions Args and code navigation from the source to XML.
In addition to the IntelliJ code editor and developer tools, Android Studio offers other functions to help you create Android apps according to Google. These include “a Gradle-based build system, a fast and feature-rich emulator, a unified environment in which you can develop for all Android devices, apply changes, in order to transfer code and resource changes to your running app without your app restart, code templates and GitHub integration to build common app functionality and import sample code, test tools and frameworks, lint tools to measure performance, usability, version compatibility and other issues, C ++ and NDK support as well as built-in support for Google Cloud Platform. ”