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Google's UI tool Jetpack Compose reaches stable build after two years of development

Google's UI tool Jetpack Compose reaches stable build after two years of development

Since its introduction during I/O 2019, Jetpack Compose was obviously destined to become the prescribed method of Android UI development. After more than two years in public development, it has hit the milestone many developers have been waiting for: an official 1.0 release. Alongside a stable release of Android Studio Arctic Fox, Jetpack Compose is ready for use in production code.

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Google really wants developers to adopt its new Material UI

Google really wants developers to adopt its new Material UI

Android development may have started as a grab bag of poorly integrated libraries with no documentation and running it all in a bad IDE, but things have really turned around over the years. Android Studio makes it easier to build working apps with fewer mistakes; Kotlin makes for more readable straightforward code; and the combination of Jetpack and Jetpack Compose provides a clear direction for faster development. Today's announcement really focuses on Jetpack Compose, but as you would expect from each Google I/O, new versions of each are coming out and they've got something new for everybody.

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Google releases Android Studio 4.2 with IntelliJ upgrade and wizard UI refresh

Google releases Android Studio 4.2 with IntelliJ upgrade and wizard UI refresh

Android Studio is the primary tool developers use to make apps for Android. After being in beta for months, the latest version of the SDK — Studio 4.2 — is available to download through the stable channel.

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Android Studio 4.1 leaves beta with integrated emulator and enhanced TensorFlow Lite support

Android Studio 4.1 leaves beta with integrated emulator and enhanced TensorFlow Lite support

Android Studio is the recommended development environment for creating Android applications, and it receives frequent updates to take advantage of new functionality in Android and Google Play Services. Android Studio 4.1 entered beta alongside the release of the first Android 11 beta, and now it's ready for all developers to use.

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Android Studio Emulator updated with enhanced support for foldables

Android Studio Emulator updated with enhanced support for foldables

Android Studio is the main SDK for developing Android applications and games, and it has a built-in device emulator for testing projects across a wide range of hardware setups. Google just released a massive update for the Android Emulator with improved support for foldable devices, performance enhancements, and a few bug fixes.

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Google's making it easier for Android app developers to work from Chromebooks

Google's making it easier for Android app developers to work from Chromebooks

Platforms live or die on the backs of developers, without which we wouldn't have apps or services to run on them. Microsoft had that figured out years ago, and Google has learned all about it when it comes to Android. Now Google is stepping up its efforts when it comes to developing for (and on) Chrome OS, highlighting Chrome OS's new customizable Linux terminal, while also announcing support for the Android Emulator on select Chromebooks and a whole new website for ChromeOS developers, plus a handful of smaller changes.

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Google announces major updates to Android Studio and Google Play Console

Google announces major updates to Android Studio and Google Play Console

The big news today is the official release of the first Android 11 beta, but that's not all that Google has been working on. Today, the company also revealed a few updates for developers to get excited, like features coming to the Android Studio IDE and an overhauled Play Console.

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

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

Android Studio is Google's official development environment for creating Android applications. The past few updates have been relatively minor, mostly focusing on quality-of-life improvements and bug fixes, but Google has also been cooking up a larger upgrade. Android Studio 4.0 leaves beta today, and it's full of changes that should make creating apps a lot easier.

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Android Studio 3.6 now available with improved design editors and multi-display emulation support

Android Studio 3.6 now available with improved design editors and multi-display emulation support

Android Studio is the Google-recommended method of developing Android applications. The IDE receives regular updates, and just in time for the Android 11 developer preview, version 3.6 is now available in the stable branch.

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First Android 11 Developer Preview lands today for Google Pixel 2, 3, 3a, and 4

First Android 11 Developer Preview lands today for Google Pixel 2, 3, 3a, and 4

Android 11 is now official, and Google is releasing the first Developer Preview for this new version starting today. The software changes this time sound ambitious, with Google essentially taking most of its work on Android 10 and (literally) turning it up to 11, featuring enhancements to privacy and security, improvements to Project Mainline, a new dedicated "conversations" section for notifications, and tweaks to better harness 5G — all among a much longer list of changes just too big to include here. You can check it out for yourself by manually flashing it onto supported Pixel phones (everything but the 2016 OGs).

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