Android application developers now have another version of Google's Android Studio tools to look at. The organization discharged the new 2.3 form not long ago, and Google says that it focuses on offering upgrades to the apparatuses, in spite of the fact that there are a couple of little new components tossed in too.
Android app developers now have a advanced version of Google’s Android Studio tools to check out. The company released the latest 2.3 version earlier this week, and Google says that it concentrates on offering improvements to the tools, although there are a few small new features thrown in as well.
Following are features
Instant Run Improvements and UI Changes: As a part of our focus on quality, we have made some significant changes to Instant Run in Android Studio 2.3 to make the feature more reliable. The Run action will now always cause an application restart to reflect changes in your code that may require a restart, and the new Apply Changes action will attempt to swap the code while your app keeps running. The underlying implementation has changed significantly to improve on reliability, and we have also eliminated the startup lag for Instant Run enabled apps. Read More
Build Cache: Introduced but disabled by default in Android Studio 2.2, Build Cache is an underlying build optimization for faster builds in Android Studio. By caching exploded AARs and pre-dexed external libraries, the new build cached leads to faster clean builds. This is a user-wide build cache that is now turned on by default with Android Studio 2.3. Learn more.
Chains and Ratios support in Constraint Layout: Android Studio 2.3 includes the stable release of ConstraintLayout With this release of ConstraintLayout, you can now chain two or more Android views bi-directionally together to form a group on one dimension. This is helpful when you want when you want to place two views close together but want to spread them across empty space.
ConstraintLayout also supports ratios, which is helpful when you want to maintain the aspect ratio of widget as the containing layout expands and contracts. Learn more about ratios. Additionally, both Chains and Ratios in ConstraintLayout can support programmatic creating with ConstraintSet APIs.
Layout Editor Palette: The updated widget palette in the Layout Editor allows you to search, sort and filter to find widgets for your layouts, plus gives you a preview of the widget before dragging on to the design surface.
Layout Favorites: You can now save your favorite attributes per widget in the updated Layout Editor properties panel. Simply star an attribute in the advanced panel and it will appear under the Favorites section.
WebP Support: To help you save space in your APK, Android Studio can now generate WebP images from PNG assets in your project. The WebP lossless format is up to 25% smaller than a PNG. With Android Studio 2.3, you have a new wizard that converts PNG to lossless WebP and also allows you to inspect lossy WebP encoding as well. Right-click on any non-launcher PNG file to convert to WebP. And if you need to edit the image, you can also right-click on any WebP file in your project to convert back to PNG.
Material Icon Wizard Update: The updated vector asset wizard supports search and filtering, plus it includes labels for each icon asset.
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