Android Studio 2.0 is now available in the Beta release channel with a new Android emulator along with a host of improvements that should speed up app development time. Here’s a quick rundown of what Android Studio 2.0 brings to the table:
- Instant Run – Enables a faster code edit & app deployment cycle.
- Android Emulator – Brand new emulator that is faster than most real devices, and includes a brand new user interface.
- Google App Indexing Integration & Testing – Adding App Indexing into your app helps you re-engage your users. In the first preview of Android Studio 2.0 you could add indexing code stubs into your code. With the beta release you can now test and validate your URL links in your app all within the IDE.
- Fast ADB – Installing and pushing files is now up to 5x faster using Android Studio 2.0 with an updated Android Debug Bridge (ADB) offered in platform-tools 23.1.0.
- GPU Profiler Preview – For graphics intensive applications, you can now visually step through your OpenGL ES code to optimize your app or game
- Integration of IntelliJ 15 – Android Studio is based on the efficient coding platform of Intellij. Check out the new features from IntelliJ here.
Android Studio 2.0 was first released as a preview on the Canary release channel back in November, and has seen steady improvements since. Its release to the Beta channel comes with some further bug fixes to the Android emulator, along with a new URL testing and validation tool for App Indexing and more. For the full skinny, you can check out all of what’s new in the Android Studio 2.0 beta at the source link.