Mon. Nov 18th, 2019

Android Studio 4.0 Canary 3 & 3.6 Beta 4 Releases: New default packaging tool

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Android Studio is the official integrated development environment (IDE) for Google’s Android operating system, built on JetBrains’ IntelliJ IDEA software and designed specifically for Android development. It is available for download on Windows, macOS and Linux based operating systems. It is a replacement for the Eclipse Android Development Tools (ADT) as primary IDE for native Android application development.

Android Studio was announced on May 16, 2013, at the Google I/O conference. It was in early access preview stage starting from version 0.1 in May 2013, then entered beta stage starting from version 0.8 which was released in June 2014. The first stable build was released in December 2014, starting from version 1.0.

Android Studio 4.0 Canary 3 & 3.6 Beta 4 were released and are available for updates via the Canary and Dev channels.


Android Studio 4.0 Canary 3

Build Speed window

The new Build Speed window helps you understand and diagnose issues with your build process, such as disabled optimizations and improperly configured tasks. For usage instructions, see the release notes.

Multi Preview

Multi Preview is a visual tool for simultaneously previewing layouts in different devices and configurations, which can help catch potential issues in your layouts.

You can access this feature by clicking on the Multi Preview tab in the top-right corner of the IDE window. For more information, see the release notes.

General fixes

This update includes fixes for the following public issues:
Android App Bundles

Core IDE

  • Issue #143676769: Unsupported color format “rgba(143,253,253,0)”‘ when converting SVG to vector drawable


Project System

  • Issue #130224064: Need KTS parser
  • Issue #124415929: Android Studio not reporting new versions for some dependencies, when using ext variables for version number

Android Studio 3.6 Beta 4

This update also includes fixes for the following public issues:
Data Binding


  • Issue #142342272: With Android Studio 3.5.0 so-libs are not included when we debug with Run->Debug
  • Issue #141573404: Plugin 3.5.0 fails on sdk addon. 3.4.2 worked fine.

Shrinker (R8)

  • Issue #142203515: ConcurrentModificationException on git_r8-wip-dev
  • Issue #143550696: R8 Outline optimization generates classes with same name resulting duplicate class references
  • Issue #137836288: Removal of class fields have unintended consequences