Android Studio 4.0 released with Motion Editor, enhanced support for Java 8, and more

Android Studio is Google’s official development environment for building Android apps. The latest updates have been relatively minor, mostly focusing on quality of life improvements and bug fixes, but Google has also prepared a bigger upgrade. Android Studio 4.0 is coming out of beta today, and it’s full of changes that should make building apps a lot easier.

The first is the new motion editor, an interface for creating complex motion and widget animations in their applications using the MotionLayout API. “You no longer need to create and edit complex XML files,” Google wrote in a blog post, “The motion editor generates them for you, with support for modifying constraint sets , transitions, keyframes and view attributes “. Android Studio can also automatically convert old ConstrantLayout animations to the new MotionLayout standard for use with the new editor.

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Improvements have also been made to the Layout Inspector, like a new live 3D representation of nested views, and the new layout validation window gives you an idea of ​​what designs look like. applications on several screen sizes at the same time. Maybe Google can use it to create tablet versions of its apps, just tossing them out there.

Android Studio 4.0 also includes changes for writing code. IntelliJ IDEA 2019.3 and 2019.3.3 features have now been integrated (most of which focus on IDE performance), live models for Kotlin apps are now available, and clangd is now used to analyze code C ++. The Android Gradle plugin also now supports the use of all features of the Java 8 language in all versions of Android, instead of limiting certain features (such as, java.util.function and java .time) at newer Android API levels.

If you already own Android Studio, you should be able to check for updates to get version 4.0. You can also download Studio from the official website.

Source: Android Developer Blog

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