Google announced the release of Android Studio 4.1, the latest version of its Android application development environment.
“A major theme for this release was helping you be more productive while using Android Jetpack libraries, Android’s suite of libraries to help developers follow best practices and write code faster,” Google product manager Scott Swarthout writes. “Based on your feedback we made a number of improvements to the code editing experience with IDE integrations for popular Android libraries.”
Some of the more notable improvements in this release include:
Database Inspector. Now, you can more easily inspect, query, and modify an app’s databases using the new Database Inspector, which uses a live connection between the app and Android Studio.
Material Design Components updates. The default Android Studio templates in the Create New Project dialog now use Material Design Components (MDC) and conform to Google’s updated guidance for themes and styles by default. This makes it easier to use recommended material styling patterns and supports modern UI features like dark themes.
Android Emulator improvements. Now, you can run the Android Emulator directly in Android Studio, helping to conserve screen real estate and navigate quickly between the emulator and the editor window using hotkeys. (This is actually kind of a huge improvement if you’ve ever had to use this feature.) The emulator also supports images of foldable devices with a variety of designs and configurations.
TensorFlow Lite support. TensorFlow Lite is a popular library for writing mobile machine learning models, and now it’s easier to import these models into Android apps using a method similar to view binding.
There’s a lot more, but you can check out the original blog post for the full list.