Kotlin-Friendly Android Studio 3.0 Hits The Stable Channel

A stable version of Android Studio 3.0 is now ready for download in all parts of the world, Google confirmed earlier this week, more than five months after it first introduced the latest major iteration of its integrated development environment as a Developer Preview. Possibly the largest addition to the new Android studio variant is native support for the Kotlin programming language that's already been unofficially pursued by a significant part of the development community gathered around Google's operating system. Instead of resorting to a manual implementation of Kotlin into the IDE, developers can now benefit from the fact that Google's latest software tool package comes with Kotlin support that they can simply add to their projects by using the "Convert Java File to Kotlin File" option found in the Code menu of the program.

The Mountain View, California-based tech giant referred to the addition of Kotlin as an important "milestone" for Android Studio, though it's unlikely that Java will be going anywhere for the time being. Instead, both programming languages should have no issues coexisting without too much effort on Google's part even if Java becomes a significantly less popular language over time due to the fact that their compatibilities are virtually identical, with both being able to pull same application programming interfaces (APIs) and libraries. Android Studio 3.0 also debuts the Adaptive Icon Wizard meant to facilitate the process of testing adaptive icons made for Android 8.0 Oreo, in addition to featuring Android Things support in the form of a brand new project Module and Wizard intended for targeting Google's embedded platform.

General debugging should also be easier following the switch due to an entirely new set of tools and services meant to assist you on this front, including a comprehensive and real-time hardware resource monitor and a revamped APK Analyzer that's said to be significantly more efficient at compressing your creations, Google said. Refer to the video below to hear Google's Developer Advocate Wojtek Kaliciński break down some of the major additions to Android Studio 3.0 or refer to the banner above it for an in-depth changelog accompanied by all relevant download links to get you started. The core principles and behaviors of Android Studio haven't changed with the transition to a new version of the IDE and anyone who used Android Studio 2.0 should be able to make the switch in a relatively painless manner, as suggested by Alphabet's subsidiary.

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