The Android developers' tools team, headed by the usual suspects Xavier Ducrohet and Tor Norbye, led a session at I/O 2012 today dedicated to improvements and new features coming to the tools devs use to make apps - ADT for Eclipse and SDK Tools.

Everything they showed took around an hour of nonstop talking, arm flailing, and cracking jokes about the French, but among all the new goodies one prominently stood out - multi-configuration editing. The developer in me got incredibly excited and wished this tool was available years ago, because the potential time savings it brings are immense.

Basically, multi-configuration editing is a way to visualize your layout on multiple configurations at once. Think different screen sizes, densities, locales, orientations, and combinations thereof - all on one screen, updating in realtime. In one example, a button overflowed an extra line in certain locales and immediately stood out from the pack. This is priceless stuff - it's developer gold.

Have a look:


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Amazing stuff to help deal with development for all kinds of variations of Android devices, isn't it?

Watch the replay starting around 20m25s for multi-configuration editing along with other incredible developer features coming soon:

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • davidstallard

    Can't wait - bring it on!

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  • Chiper_tss_tss

    New to developing, and this looks to be a lot of help...

  • ericl5112

    My jaw just hit the floor.  I never even thought of this, but now I don't want to work without it.

  • io53

    Meh, I don't want to use XML before they figure out a way to make a dynamical UI with it.

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  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I must say, SUPER WOOT!!!!