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Android Studio 3.6 – Everything You Need to Know

Android Studio 3.6 is now finally out!

The part of Google Integrated Development Environment, Android Studio 3.6 comes with the new features and upgrade to share the finer performance and higher stability. The latest release of Android Studio incorporates the latest features along with the old ones. This upgrade has been released for the developers to help in the smooth debugging and editing of codes. Also, the improved quality is another attempt made to share a better experience. 

What’s New has been introduced in  the Latest version of Android Studio  3.6? 

The new release of Android Studio 3.6 includes a plethora of new improvements and features. Check out the key features supported by the latest release:

  • Design Editor with Split View 

The new split view has been introduced for the Navigation and Layout Editors. This clearly states that now the developers can view the code and UI design together on a single screen. Also, the older version of the preview window has been replaced with the new one. 

Now, the Mobile app development can do the split view configuration according to the files and also able to manage the contextual detail as per what befits the use cases. These details include options like Design View and Zoom factor. One can simply click on the ‘Split’ window to enable the split view. 

  • Google Maps UI in Android Emulator 

Yes! Android Emulator is available in the integration with Google Maps present in its Control panel. This means,  developers are no longer required to type manually in the GPS coordinates for adding the location feature in the application for testing. Also, this offers a more convenient way to check the emulated device location.  

Now, the developer can easily distinguish the virtual location and also can generate virtual routes from location pairs. These improvements offer better application optimization. Also, it becomes easy to detect errors and memory leakage for fragments. 

  • Resources Tab in Color Picker 

 The latest release of Android version 3.6 allows the developer to select, edit, and apply the color scheme they mentioned as the resources for color by surfacing them. 

The Color Pickers are filled in the Color Resources in the application. Developers can make changes and replacements in the color resources value. This feature can be accessed through the XML Editor and Design Tool. 

  • Support for more than one Virtual Display 

To support the Multiple Displays, the Preliminary support is extended in the Emulator 29.1.1O. This will help the application developers in building the applications which support the multiple displays. You can configure the multiple displays on Android Studio 3.6 through the Settings. Go to Extended Controls>> Settings. 

  • Memory Leak Detection 

The latest Android Studio version supports the new capabilities like memory detection which helps in the detection of leaked fragments instances and activity. 

 Capture and Import the Heap Dump File in Memory profiler and  then you can check out the ‘Activity/Fragment Leaks’ checkbox to get the results. 

Excited to Use the Latest version? 

Android Studio 3.6 version shares the quicker and novel ways to design, develop and preview the app layouts using the XML. You can get it for the Windows, Linux, and Mac operating eye. So, use this update and make the app development experience better. 

By Sandeep Chauhan

Sandeep Chauhan is a Software Developer at plancoders. He loves to build beautiful Mobile Apps, and Websites.

In the past, he has worked in companies like OpenText, Intel, CenturyLink, and Walmart Labs.

He is the founding CTO of Dealsite (prev WorkingGroupLink), GoPetie, and HRaspirin. Sandeep created the first version of Doc.com (prev Docademic), and helped develop ScaleLab product.

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