I decided to spend my Friday afternoon trying out the newly announced Android Studio. The benefits of Android Studio are outlined on the website. I like the idea of template-based wizards. I have blogged about Android app development before, here and here. Before I would use the SDK + Eclipse + plugin + Emulator. I was curious to see how this compares to Android Studio. Something to keep in mind is that this is the first and preview version. Below are the steps I followed on my Windows 8 64-bit laptop.
- Go to their website and follow the instructions.
- Download the install (364 MB and took about 10 mins for me).
- Run the installation file.
- JDK is a dependency.
- After installation the program failed to start without error message.
- I had JRE but I needed the JDK.
- Download and install the JDK from here
- Add JDK_HOME system variable (C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_21)
- Start a new project and begin coding away.
It would help to have a fast machine. It felt sluggish to me on my old man laptop. For me this didn't feel much different from any other IDE. It's based off the IntelliJ IDEA so there is lots of documentation and history there. If this is going to make developing Android apps easier I'm all for it. Are you a developer? What are your thoughts? Please share in the comments below :)