Saturday, July 06, 2013

Android Studio Early Access Preview installation tour

Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. Similar to Eclipse with the ADT Plugin, Android Studio provides integrated Android developer tools for development and debugging. On top of the capabilities you expect from IntelliJ, Android Studio offers:
  • Gradle-based build support.
  • Android-specific refactoring and quick fixes.
  • Lint tools to catch performance, usability, version compatibility and other problems.
  • ProGuard and app-signing capabilities.
  • Template-based wizards to create common Android designs and components.
  • A rich layout editor that allows you to drag-and-drop UI components, preview layouts on multiple screen configurations, and much more.
This was tested on:
  • Windows 7 64-bit Pro
  • JDK 1.7 update 25 64-bit
Workaround(s): Android Studio bundle 130.677228 gets confused when multiple versions of JDK are installed on the machine. To workaround set JAVA_HOME and PATH environment variables accordingly. For example, set JAVA_HOME to "C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_25" if you have installed JDK 1.7 update 25. Also, change PATH="C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_25\bin";"existing path here".

Installation steps:
  1. Download JDK 1.7.
  2. Install JDK.
  3. Change/set JAVA_HOME environment variable.
  4. Download Android Studio Early Access Preview (link).
  5. Follow installation wizard. 
 See below for installation screen captures.

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