Android Studio 2.0 beta is the latest release of Google’s Integrated Development Environment (IDE). After the release of the preview near the end of November, it’s finally rolling out. With a slew of new features, Android Studio 2.0 is the upgrade you do not want to miss. Not only does it come with fixes for glitches from previous versions, it comes with some brand new features like instant run, android emulator and Google App Indexing Integration & Testing. This version has been promoted to Beta Channel, though the previous versions were available in the Canary Channel.
With a lot of hard work, the beta release comes with a bunch of improvements that includes:
The Beta release introduces a new capability called Cold Swamp that allows you to make any quick change to your app code that is running on an Android device or emulator. You don’t need to wait for your whole app to rebuild or redeploy after each code change. You can see the results of your change under a second. Cold Swap is available when you deploy to targets with API level 21 or above.
For this Beta release, the new Android emulator also includes fixes with small improvements. The rotation controls on the emulator toolbar have been updated. Also, a multi-touch support has been added to help test apps that use pinch and zoom gestures. Just hold down the Alt key and right click your mouse to use this feature.
The first preview of Android Studio 2.0 just let you add indexing code stubs into your code. However, the Beta release allows you to test and validate your URL links with the built-in validation tools (Tools → Android → Google App Indexing Test).
According to Google, “the beta release is near stable release quality.” However, you can still expect some bugs with this Beta version. It’s still not sure when Google will release Android Studio 2.0 in the stable channel, but you can expect it to be ready in time for the company’s I/O developer conference in May.