Google recently released its Android Studio 2.0 beta, latest version of integrated development environment (IDE). As to date, preview releases were available in Canary channel, but Android Studio 2.0 has already been promoted to Beta channel.
Last November, Google unveiled Android Studio 2.0 as second major version of IDE. Version 2.0 bringing slew improvements, including Instant Run, faster Android emulator, and new GPU profiler. Google has not shared when to release final Android Studio 2.0 version, but we are still betting it will be ready in time sometime in May.
Google working intensively with the update, it just not deal about fixing bugs. But Beta release brings a slew of improvements, including the following:
Instant Run: beta release introduces new capability called the “Cold Swap.” This option immediately restarts the whole app, useful for structural code change, including changes to class hierarchy, its method signatures and static initializers, or fields. Cold Swap is available when you deploy targets with API level 21 or above.
App Indexing: In its first preview you could add indexing code stubs into your code. With beta release you can test and validate your URL links with built-in validation tool.
Android Emulator, rotation controls was updated on emulator toolbar. Multi-touch support for testing apps that use pinch and zoom gestures has also been added.