Android developers

To build great apps, you need great tools. The folks at Mountain View are giving us those tools

After this morning's epic three-hour Keynote event, it was just a quick trip next door to see Xavier Ducrohet and Tor Noybe give what is always one of the most popular developer sessions of the conference -- What's New in Android Developer Tools. 

If you were paying attention during the Keynote, we got a quick look at Android Studio, seeing how the new IDE can make the life of a hard working Android dev easier. Based on IntelliJ IDEA, Android Studio is a free and open source IDE specifically designed for building Android apps. Complete with templates, wizards, and some awesome WYSIWYG-style layout editing, it looks like someone at Mountain View is very serious about devs getting the tools they need.

Eclipse isn't gone, and in fact there's still plenty that has not made it's way to Android Studio just yet. But clearly, this is the future of Android app development. It's great to see the tools developers need to build the next set of great apps! If you're a developer or just want to have a look at things, visit the link below to check out an Earl Access Preview of Android Studio.

Getting Started with Android Studio


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Android Studio is what's new in Android development tools


it freakin wont run on my Windows 7 work PC and my Windows 8 personal laptop. it never opens up. did anyone run this on windows?

This was surprising to me and slightly annoying. I've had to learn Eclipse to make an Android app, which was terrible since I've never used Eclipse or Java. Eclipse kind of sucks so it was a learning curve.

At the same time, I'm intrigued because I've heard great things about IntelliJ.

This was also surprising because Google recently also started hiring developers to work on the actual Eclipse application and plugins. I couldn't find the article I read before on this, but I believe they were hiring 8 or 9 developers. Here is something seemingly related. **link removed**

It could be to build in support such as Google Go, et al and nothing to do with Android.

I removed the link I posted because apparently it thinks I'm submitting spam. Yay.

Now they just need to let Go be used in developing Android apps. If it won't work natively, allow apps written in Go be compiled into Java. If that can work, anyway.

I'd rather learn Go than Java.