WHAT is Android Studio ?
Google now provides it’s own integrated development environment (IDE) for android platform development called Android Studio It is free to download and try Android Studio is in EARLY ACCESS PREVIEW it’s based on IntelliJ IDEA Similar to Eclipse.
Android Studio support Windows, Mac OS X and Linux platforms.This IDE is exclusively designed for Android App Development.It’s features includes
- Gradle-based build support.
- Android-specific refactoring and quick fixes.
- Lint tools to catch performance, usability, version compatibility and other problems.
- ProGuard and app-signing capabilities.
- Template-based wizards to create common Android designs and components.
- A rich layout editor that allows you to drag-and-drop UI components, preview layouts on multiple screen configurations, and much more.
- Built-in support for Google Cloud Platform, making it easy to integrate Google Cloud Messaging and App Engine as server-side components.
- Live Layout: WYSIWYG Editor – Live Coding – Real-time App Rendering.
- Developer Console: optimization tips, assistance for translation, referral tracking, campaigning and promotions – Usage Metrics.
- Provision for beta releases and staged rollout.
Android Studio is bundles with Android Studio early access preview,All the Android SDK Tools to design, test, debug, and profile your app, The latest Android platform to compile your app, The latest Android system image to run your app in the emulator.
Caution: Android Studio is currently available as an early access preview. Several features are either incomplete or not yet implemented and you may encounter bugs. If you are not comfortable using an unfinished product, you may want to instead download (or continue to use) the ADT Bundle (Eclipse with the ADT Plugin).
Setting Up Android Studio
Step 1) Downloading Android Studio
You can download Android Studio for free by visiting following link Download Android Studio.
Now click on the blue button called Download Android Studio for Windows shown in the picture below in red box.
Step 2) Agreeing with terms and conditions
On very next page read the term and conditions and click on (I have read and agree with the above terms and conditions) shown in red box in next picture if you agree with the terms and conditions provided by Google to use Android Studio and then click on save and wait for Android Studio to download it will take a while it’s almost 500MB so it will take some time to download.
Step 3) Downloading & Installing Java Development Kit (JDK).
Android Studio requires Java Development Kit JDK 6 or greater to run properly if you have lower version of JDK or have no JDK installed you can now download and install JDK meanwhile your Android Studio getting downloaded and ready to install.Click on the following link to Download JDK 8 in the section of Java SE Development Kit 8u5 1st click on Accept License Agreement and then click on jdk-8u5-windows-x64.exe shown in the picture below in red boxes.
After downloading of JDK goto download folder where you have downloaded the JDK 8 and double click on jdk-8u5-windows-x64.exe a warning will come up saying are you sure to run this click YES follow the installation wizard shown in Pictures and click on red boxes.
In Step 3 of instillation note the location of JDK installation folder. Your JDK is successfully installed.
Step 4) Setting up Java Development Kit (JDK).
After installing the JDK you need to set it up for use you need to tell your OS environment that where the JDK is located in your computer for doing this you need to add JAVA_HOME in your system variable that points to your JDK installation folder.
Right Click on My Computer on Desktop now select Properties after that click on Advance System Settings and then select Advance Tab and click on Environment Variables then Click on new in System Variable Section in the field of name add JAVA_HOME in the field of value enter C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_05 or the installation folder of your JDK you noted in above step all these steps are shown in pictures for easy understanding below.
Step 5) Final step installing Android Studio
Double click on your Android Studio Setup you downloaded in Step 1 & 2 to open the installation wizard and follow the simple instructions shown on screen and the pictures below.
Congratulation now you can start using Android Studio and Development of your new Android App. If you found any issue following this simple and easy pictures and guide tutorial them please leave a comment and i will be glad to help you out in the process of installing your Android Studio.