Android Studio 3.6 Stable Release was announced today, with a targeted set of features addressing quality is primarily code editing and debugging use cases. This is the first release after the end of Project Marble, which was focused on making the fundamental features and flows of the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) rock-solid. Android Developers learned a lot from Project Marble and in Android Studio 3.6 introduce a small set of features, polished existing features, and spent a notable effort addressing bugs and improving underlying performance to ensure we meet the high-quality bar we set in the past year.
Some highlights of Android Studio 3.6 include a new way to quickly design, develop and preview app layouts using XML, with a new Split View in the design editors. Additionally, you no longer have to manually type in GPS coordinates to test location with your app because we now embedded Google Maps right into the Android Emulator extended control panel. Finally, we’ve made it easier to optimize your app and find bugs with automatic memory leak detection for Fragments and Activities. We hope all of these features help you be happier and more productive while developing on Android.
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Below is a full list of new features in Android Studio 3.6, organized by key developer flows.
To recap, Android Studio 3.6 includes these new enhancements & features:
- Split View in Design Editors
- Color Picker Resource Tab
- View binding
- Android NDK support updates
- IntelliJ Platform Update
- Add classes with Apply Changes
- Android Gradle Plugin (AGP) Updates
- New packaging tool
- Android Emulator Google Maps UI
- Multi-display support
- Resumable SDK downloads
- In-place updates for imported APKs
- Leak detection in Memory Profiler
- Deobfuscate class and method bytecode in APK Analyzer
- Attach Kotlin sources to imported APKs
Download Android Studio 3.6 from the download page. If you are using a previous release of Android Studio, you can simply update to the latest version of Android Studio. To use the mentioned Android Emulator features to make sure you are running at least Android Emulator v29.2.12 downloaded via the Android Studio SDK Manager.