Android Studio is the official Google IDE for the development of Android Applications. The software is freely available for download for all operating systems (Windows, macOS and Linux).
In its stable version it provides a series of useful features for the developer to have full control of the various production phases. The software, which builds the App build on Gradle, offers refactoring options and tools such as Lint to detect performance, usability, compatibility between the various versions. Those who are beginners with Android development can also take advantage of an integrated Wizard to create common Android projects and components. The realization of the UI is guaranteed thanks to an excellent layout editor that allows the user to add the components of the user interface with drag-an-drop or direct entry of the code and preview the layouts by varying the configuration output to be able to create compatible UIs on different devices.
Android Studio easily integrates with other Google products such as Google Cloud Platform, Firebase and Google App Engine.
Android Studio also offers not only the possibility to test your application on a physical device, but also integrates a widely configurable emulator to meet the needs of the developer and provides the same performance in emulation as the emulated devices.
Android Studio supports different programming languages such as Java, C ++ and, from version 3.0, it also supports Kotlin. With the use of plugins and extensions, you can add other languages such as Dart and Go and have the possibility to implement cross-platform applications using Flutter.
With the use of plugins the user can also customize some additional features and add EduTool to learn how to develop in a specific programming language.
Android Studio is easy to install and configure. Thanks to Gradle it is easy to implement external libraries available on GitHub to add functionality to apps. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.