Android Studio 2.2 Includes 20+ New Features Available Now

Android Studio 2.2 includes 20+ new features and includes support for all the latest developer features in Android 7.0 Nougat, like code completion.

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Previewed at Google I/O 2016, Android Studio 2.2, latest release of IDE is available around the world as on Monday Sep 19.

The tool is used by millions of Android developers around the world today brings 20+ new features such as the new Layout Editor, which makes creating an app user interface quick and intuitive.

In addtion, this release also comes new APK analyzer, enhanced Layout Inspector, expanded code analysis, IntelliJ's 2016.1.3 and much more.

Lastly, the Studio 2.2 also now support all the latest developer features available in Android 7.0 Nougat, like code completion to help you add Android platform features like Multi-Window support, Quick Settings API, or redesigned Notifications.

And of course, it also has the built-in Android Emulator to test them all out.

This release also introduces "Constraint Layout", which evolved the Android Frameworks and IDE together. "This powerful new layout manager helps you design large and complex layouts in a flat and streamlined hierarchy," android team said adding, "ConstraintLayout integrates into your app like a standard Android support library, and was built in parallel with the new Layout Editor," team said.

From designing UIs with the new ConstraintLayout, to developing C++ code with Android NDK, to building with the latest Jack compliers, to creating Espresso test cases for your app, Android Studio 2.2 is the update you do not want to miss.

See the pictures and video below for more detail on the new features:

Android Studio 2.2 Samples Browser

Android Studio 2.2 Expresso Test Recorder Beta

Getting started is easy, if you are using any previous version of the official IDE for Android app development, Android Studio, you can from the navigation menu (Help ? Check for Update [Windows/Linux], and on the MacOS, Android Studio ? Check for Updates [OS X]).

Keep in mind, you should also update "Android Gradle" plugin version to 2.2.0 in your current app project for take advantage of new features and enhancements.

Additionally, you can manually download Android Studio 2.2 HERE.

To recap, here's the full changlelog of all major features (verbatim):

Design

Develop

Build

Test

In another developers news, Google has acquired API.AI, that offers one of the leading conversational user interface platforms.

"Over 60,000 developers are using API.AI to build conversational experiences, for environments such as Slack, Facebook Messenger and Kik, to name just a few," google stated.

API.AI has a proven track record for helping developers design, build and continuously improve their conversational interfaces.

With this acquisition, Google notes, "ApI.AI will help them empower developers to continue building great natural language interfaces."