Getting Started With Android App Development: Setting up Android Studio
Install Android Studio 4.1.2, the official Android IDE by Google
Google provides Android Studio for the Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms.
Android Studio can be downloaded from https://developer.android.com/studio
Features of Android Studio:
- Visual Layout Editor:
The designs are made in XML and can be previewed on different screen sizes without running in the editor itself.
- APK Analyzer:
Inspect the DEX and manifest files of a .apk file even if it has been not been created on the device.
- Fast Emulator:
Instantly run any app without generating a .apk file.
- Realtime Profilers:
Track real-time CPU, memory, and network usage.
- Intelligent Code Editor:
Code can be written in Java, Kotlin, or C/C++.
- Flexible Build Processes:
Powered by Gradle, Android Studio projects can be built into different variants.
System Requirements for Running Android Studio:
Steps for Installing Android Studio:
- Download the Android Studio .exe file
2. Run the .exe file and select the components to install. It is advised to install both. Android Virtual Device is the emulator that is used to test apps made on the computer itself.
3. Continue with “do not import settings” and let Android Studio create the new settings files.
4. For this article we will be continuing with the standard installation of Android Studio, we don't wish to make any changes to the settings or the components to be installed.
5. Android Studio comes in two different themes by default, the Light, and the Dracula UI theme. We will be proceeding with the Dracula theme.
6. That's it, Android Studio then starts installing. Once it is done the following window opens up.
7. To additionally check if the Android SDK has been set up properly head over to configure -> SDK manager.
The Android SDK has been successfully set up and is saved in the path provided.
Thus we have successfully set up Android Studio and are ready to start developing native apps in Java or Kotlin.