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Table of contents
1.
Introduction
2.
Features of Android Studio
3.
Installing Android Studio
4.
IDE Configuration
4.1.
Impact of antivirus software on build speed
4.2.
Support the IDE for low-memory machines
5.
FAQs
6.
Key Takeaways
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2024

Android Studio

Author Rahul Sain
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Introduction

Android Studio is the official Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Android app development based on IntelliJ IDEA. In addition to IntelliJ's robust code editor and developer tools, Android Studio provides additional capabilities that improve productivity when developing Android apps.

In this article, we will learn about Android Studio and Setting Up Environment. But before jumping into this, we would strongly recommend learning about Android History.

You can learn more about the IDE shortcuts by going through its official documentation. Let’s look over some features of Android Studio before diving into Installing Android Studio.

Features of Android Studio

  1. Android Studio is a build system based on Gradle that is adaptable.
  2. It is a powerful and feature-rich emulator.
  3. It is a unified development environment where you may create applications for all Android devices.
  4. Apply Changes to deploy code and resource changes to your running program without having to restart it.
  5. Code templates and GitHub integration to aid in the development of standard app features and the import of sample code.
  6. Tools and frameworks for extensive testing.
  7. Lint tools are used to detect performance, usability, version compatibility, and other factors.
  8. Support for C++ and the NDK.
  9. Support for Google Cloud Platform is built-in, making it simple to combine Google Cloud Messaging and App Engine.
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Installing Android Studio

Download the latest version of Android Studio by clicking here.

You can run Android Studio if your machine OS supports the following criteria.

  • Microsoft Windows XP or a later version is required.
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later with an Intel processor.
  • GNU C Library 2.7 or later is required for Linux.
  • 4 GB RAM is required at least, while 8 GB RAM is recommended (plus 1 GB for the Android Emulator)
  • 2 GB of free storage space is needed, with 4 GB preferred (500 MB for IDE plus 1.5 GB for Android SDK and emulator system image)
  • The minimum recommended screen resolution is 1280 x 800.

After extracting the .zip and running the .exe file. Click on Next Keyword

Click on Next.

Again, click on Next.

Finally, click on Install.

Wait for the installing process.

Click on Next.

Click on Finish.

Choose to Do not Import Settings.

You have now successfully installed Android Studio on your machine.

Select Don't Send.

Now, you can see Android Studio Setup Wizard. Click on Next.

Choose Standard and click on Next. Choose IDE Theme according to your need. Click Next and again click on Next. After that, click on all three main license files, namely android-sdk-license, intel-android-extra-license, and android-sdk-preview-license, and accept their terms and conditions. Click on Finish.

After downloading complete, click on finish.

Now you can start your first project and build your first android app.

Please refer to the official documentation for Mac, Chrome OS, and Linux users.

We don't have to install JDK or configure Environment Path because the above installation will do that automatically.

IDE Configuration

Source: Official Documentation

  1. The toolbar allows you to perform various tasks, such as running your app and launching Android tools.
  2. The navigation bar assists you in navigating your project and open files for editing. It shows a precise compact version of the structure in the Project window.
  3. The code is created and modified in the editor window. The editor may change depending on the current file type. For example, when examining a layout file, the editor displays the Layout Editor.
  4. The tool window bar wraps around the perimeter of the IDE window and has buttons for expanding and collapsing specific tool windows.
  5. The tool windows provide access to specialized activities such as project management, search, and version control, among others. They can be expanded and collapsed.
  6. The status bar shows the present state of your project and the IDE, as well as any warnings or notifications.

Impact of antivirus software on build speed

Many antivirus software may conflict with the Android Studio build phase, resulting in significantly slower builds.

Put these files as exceptions in your antivirus.

C:\Users\YourUserName\.gradle
C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local\Android\sdk
C:\Users\YourUserName\AndroidStudioProjects
C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local\Google\AndroidStudio4.1

Support the IDE for low-memory machines

  • Reduce Android Studio's maximum heap size to 512Mb.
  • Upgrade to the most recent versions of Gradle and the Android Gradle plugin to guarantee you are taking advantage of the most recent speed improvements.
  • Enabling Power Save Mode disables memory and battery-intensive background processes such as error highlighting and on-the-fly inspections, auto popup code completion, and automated incremental background compilation. To enable Power Save Mode, go to file> Power Save Mode.
  • Debugging with an emulator consumes more memory than debugging with a physical device using a Charging Cable.

FAQs

  1. Is Android Studio a free software?
    The Android Studio IDE is available for free download and use. It has a robust UI development environment with templates to provide new developers with a springboard into Android development.
     
  2. Is Android development in demand?
    According to one analysis, there will be approximately 135 thousand new job opportunities in Android app development by 2025. Android is an attractive job choice because it is exponential, and practically every business in India employs Android apps.
     
  3. Can an app make you rich?
    Having said that, 16% of Android developers earn more than $5,000 per month from their mobile apps, while 25% of iOS developers earn more than $5,000 from app earnings. So keep these numbers in mind if you only want to distribute on one operating system.

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Key Takeaways

Cheers if you reached here!! 

This article aimed to introduce you to Android Studio and its installing and configuring the IDE.

If you want to learn about running your first android app on a device, you can jump to this article which covers them in great detail.

However, learning never stops, and there is more to learn. So head over to our Android Development Course on the Coding Ninjas Website to dive deep into Android Development and build future applications. Till then, Happy Learning!

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