Google release Android Studio based on IntelliJ for Android Development

The new Android Studio based on the Community Edition of IntelliJ was released yesterday at Google IO. This replaces the ADT Bundle based on Eclipse released last year. It bring a new set of features and tools to make it easier to develop great Android apps. This video provides a walk through of the new features:

Key features include:

  • A ‘live layout’ which renders your app as you’re editing in real-time
  • Displaying different layouts and screen sizes such and phone and tablets side-by-side so you can quickly see what things look like without having to package up your app and viewing it on the emulator or device.
  • Better code completion.
  • Preview of assets such as icons within the IDE.

Android Studio is still in beta so expect issues when installing or using it. I had issues running it on both my Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers. This was solved by setting the path for Java. A guide for setting the path can be found at http://java.com/en/download/help/path.xml

The first time I tried to create a project I got an error saying that SDK 22 wasn’t found. I’m sure this will be resolved for the 0.2 release. The workaround I found was to open a Android project I’d already created using IntelliJ. If you’re coming from Eclipse then you can migrate your Eclipse projects if you have the updated ADT Plugin. I already had the Android SDK installed in a folder so I updated it to SDK 22 then went into File > Project Structure > Platform Settings > SDKs and changed the settings to point at my folder with SDK 22.

The Next Web have provided a guide to everything announced at the Google I/O 2013 keynote in one handy list.