Google launches Android Studio 2.3

Google launches Android Studio 2.3

March 7th, 2017
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It comes up with feautures like Build Cache, WebP support, App Link

Assistant, and more


														
							

Google today launched Android Studio 2.3, the latest version of its integrated development environment (IDE), with quality improvements and a few new features. You can download the new version for Windows, Mac, and Linux now directly from developer.android.com/studio.

Google released Android Studio 2.2 in September, a massive release. Version 2.3 isn’t as significant, but it’s still worth an update if you build for Android.

Here’s what the version 2.3 brings to the table:

  • Build Cache: This feature was introduced but disabled by default in Android Studio 2.2. Now enabled by default, the underlying build optimization results in faster builds by caching exploded AARs and pre-dexed external libraries.
  • WebP Support: WebP images can now be generated from PNG assets in your project to save space (up to 25 percent) in your APK. There’s a new wizard that converts PNG to lossless WebP.
  • App Links Assistant: The new assistant (Tools => App Link Assistant) lets you easily create new intent filters for your URLs, declare your app’s website association.
  • Instant Run improvements: The Run action will now always cause an application restart to reflect changes in your code that may require a restart, lying implementation is more reliable, and the startup lag for Instant Run enabled apps has been eliminated.

This release also includes many stability and performance fixes in addition to the new features (full release notes).

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