Google pushes 'go' on Android Studio

'Our software is not released. It ESCAPES'

Google Chocolate Factory

Worried Oompa-Loompas are questioning security guards and combing the wilds of Mountain View after it was discovered that Google has allowed a product, the Android Studio IDE, to escape from the Chocolate Factory's near-impenetrable Beta compound.

The production-ready code has been spotted in the wild here after spending 18 months in Google's halfway-house tending the graves of Froogle and Reader.

The company first announced its intentions for Android Studio in May 2013: it wanted to build an IDE that would replace the then-default Eclipse browser. It's based on the Intellij IDEA IDE for Java, and features helpful “here's how to get rid of Eclipse” migration strategies.

Android Studio will run on Windows, Mac and various Linuxes, and has all the inclusions you'd expect: code templates, the ability to build multiple apk files for different targets, github integration, and built-in Google Cloud Platform integration.

Other features include:

  • Gradle for the build system;
  • Lint tools to catch stuff like versioning, performance, usability and compatibility issues;
  • ProGuard and app signing.

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