Support Ended for Eclipse Android Developer Tools

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By Jamal Eason, Product
Manager, Android

With the release of Android
Studio 2.2, the time has now come to say goodbye to the Eclipse Android
Developer Tools. We have formally ended their support and development. There’s
never been a better time to switch to Android Studio and experience the
improvements we’ve made to the Android development workflow.

Android Studio

Android Studio,
the official IDE for Android, features powerful code editing with advanced
code-completion and refactoring. It includes robust static analysis,
bringing the intelligence of the Android engineering team to you to help you
easily apply Android coding best practices, and includes simultaneous debugging
in both Java and C++ to help fix any bugs that slip through. When you combine
this with performance tooling, a fast, flexible build system, code templates,
GitHub integration, and its high-performance, feature-rich emulator, you get a
deeply Android-tailored development environment for the many form factors of the
OS. It’s the development environment used by 92% of the top 125 Google Play
apps and games, and we’re constantly innovating it to handle every Android
development need.

What’s New in Android Studio 2.2

Android
Studio 2.2 builds on the great features from Android Studio 2.0. There are
over twenty new features that improve development whether you are designing,
iterating, or testing. Notable changes include:

  • Instant Run
    - The super-fast iteration engine now is both more reliable and
    available for more types of changes

  • Layout
    Editor
    - The new user interface designer that makes it easier than
    ever to create beautiful app experiences

  • Constraint
    Layout
    – A new flexible layout engine for building dynamic user
    interfaces – designed to work with the new layout editor

  • C++
    Support
    - CMake and ndk-build are now supported alongside improved
    editing and debug experiences

  • APK
    Analyzer
    - Inspects APKs to help you streamline your APK and debug
    multi-dex
    issues

  • GPU
    Debugger (beta)
    - Captures a stream of OpenGL ES commands and
    replays them with GPU state inspection

  • Espresso
    Test Recorder (beta)
    - Records interactions with your app and
    outputs UI test code

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Top Developers Love Android Studio

For our ADT Fans

All of your favorite ADT tools are now part of Android Studio, including DDMS,
Trace Viewer, Network Monitor, and CPU Monitor. We’ve also improved Android
Studio’s accessibility,
including keyboard navigation enhancements and screen reader support.

We announced
that we were ending development and official support for the Android Developer
Tools (ADT) in Eclipse at the end of 2015, including the Eclipse ADT plugin and
Android Ant build system. With the latest updates to Studio, we’ve completed
the transition.

Migrating to Android Studio

To get started, download and install
Android Studio. For most developers, including those with C/C++ projects,
migration is as simple as importing your existing Eclipse ADT projects in
Android Studio with the File > New > Import Project menu
option. For more details on the migration process, check out the migration
guide.

Feedback and Open Source Contributions

We’re dedicated to making Android Studio the best possible integrated
development environment for building Android apps, so if there are missing
features or other challenges preventing you from switching to Android Studio, we want to hear about it [survey] ! You can also file bugs or feature requests
directly with the team, and let us know via our Twitter or Google+ accounts.

Android Studio is an open source
project, available to all at no cost. Check out our Open Source project page if
you’re interested in contributing or learning more.


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