Android Studio 3.5 aims to be faster and more memory efficient


Coming to the end of an eight-month development cycle, Project Marble, the latest version of Android Studio, refrains from adding major new features and instead opts for improved performance and efficiency of Memory.

Based on developer feedback, the Google Android Studio team tackled three main areas of the official Android IDE: system health, feature enhancement, and bugs.

In the area of ​​system health, Android Studio 3.5 includes new infrastructure to better detect performance issues and improve the process for analyzing developer comments and bug reports. With these changes, Android Studio is now also able to detect when it needs more memory and warn you to increase allocated memory on systems where it is available.

Speaking of improved performance, Android 3.5 includes a number of important changes, such as improved typing responsiveness with data in XML and Kotlin format; Support for incremental versions for annotation processors such as Glide, AndroidX datalink, Dagger, Realm, and Kotlin; faster disk access on Windows systems; reduced CPU usage for Android emulator; faster fluffing, and more.

Android Studio 3.5 does away with instant runtime, a feature designed to speed up the edit-build-run cycle by directly modifying the APK and only relaunching the app or restarting the current activity when needed. Instead, the latest version of Android Studio provides a new feature called Apply Changes, which doesn’t tamper with the APK and instead uses platform-specific APIs available on Oreo and later versions. Android to achieve the same result, while ensuring more stability and consistency.

Finally, Android Studio fixes over 600 bugs, 50 memory leaks, and 20 IDE crashes, with over 40 external contributions. For a full list of changes, don’t miss the release notes. Android Studio 3.5 is available for download for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Previous versions can be updated from the app itself.

The Marble project does not end Google’s efforts to improve the performance and quality of Android Studio, noted Tor Norbye, member of the Google Android Studio team, and further improvements and improvements are expected in the next one. version, Android Studio 3.6.


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