Google Launches Android Studio 3.3 with focus on Refinement and Quality

Author: Charter Global
Published: February 6, 2019

Google has announced a stable release of Android Studio 3.3 focusing on “refinement and quality.” This release has also brought in bug fixes and official support for Navigation Editor.

The announcement stated that, “Android Studio 3.3 addresses over 200 user-reported bugs. This release also include official support for Navigation Editor, improved incremental Java compilation when using annotation processors, C++ code lint inspections, an updated new project wizard, and usability fixes for each of the performance profilers. In addition, saving snapshots on exit for the Android emulator is 8x faster.”

Project Marble

According to Google, they have addressed over 200+ user-reported bugs. So, Google has built an initiative called Project Marble that focused on solidifying the fundamental features and flows of the Integrated Development Environment. Furthermore, they have refined and polished the user-facing features, fixed user impacting bugs, and invested in infrastructure and tools. They also worked on reducing the number of crashes, hangs and memory leaks.

Navigation Editor

Navigation Editor is a visual editor allowing users to construct XML resources that support using the new Android Jetpack Navigation Component. The Navigation Editor provides a visual way for creating navigation of an app therefore simplifying the navigation between the screens and the content areas.

New Updates and Features

The Android Studio 3.3 has also brought in new IntelliJ Platform Update. The IntelliJ Platform Update features support for Java 11, new previews for the code editor, MacBook Touch Bar support, and enhanced version control integrations.

Also, the new Android Studio 3.3 features IDE User Feedback. This allows users to quickly share their experience whenever they are in the IDE.

The new release also highlights these developments:

-Bundled Kotlin 1.3.11

-Clang-Tidy Support for C++

-Update on Project Wizard, and

-Unused settings clean up and delete unused IDE Directories

Supported platform for the Android Studio 3.3 are: Windows 32-bit and 64-bit version (Windows 7/8/10), Linux (GNOME or KDI desktop), and Mac (Yosemite 10.10, up to High Sierra 10.13).

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