Android Studio Hedgehog is Here

From the Gradle Newsletter, December 2023

The latest stable release of Android Studio, called Hedgehog, brings various improvements to the build process, including a safer and easier way to specify the Java home path used by Gradle, built-in detection of antivirus software impact on build performance on Windows, and the ability of Gradle-managed devices to target Firebase Test Lab.

See the blog post for details.

Posted by Sandhya Mohan, Product Manager

Today, we are thrilled to announce the stable release of Android Studio Hedgehog 🦔 : The official IDE for building Android apps!

In this Android Studio release, we have upgraded the IntelliJ platform to 2023.1, with features designed to improve app performance and battery life, make it easier to upgrade applications to the latest Android version, and make it faster to develop using Jetpack Compose. Read on to learn more about how Android Studio Hedgehog can help supercharge your developer productivity.


App performance

Android vitals in App Quality Insights

In addition to helping you investigate crash reports for apps instrumented with the Firebase Crashlytics SDK, App Quality Insights now also includes Android vitals data from Google Play Console. With Android vitals, you can see crash reports for any app you publish to the Google Play Store without requiring additional instrumentation in your app. You can view Android vitals issues, filter them, and see crash insights from Play to quickly understand and resolve the cause of a crash, and jump from stack trace to code all from the App Quality Insights tool window. Learn more.

Note: If you don't have permission to view your app in the Play Console, request that the app admin share read-only access to only app quality information, by clicking Users and permissions > View app quality information (read-only) in the Play Console.

For further details, such as, Power Profiler,

Coding productivity - Target Android 14 using Android SDK Upgrade Assistant,

New UI updates,

Device mirroring,

Embedded Layout Inspector,

Live Edit updated manual mode shortcut, Compose tools such as, Compose Preview’s Gallery Mode,

Compose State information in Debugger,

Compose Multipreview templates...

Build Tools such as, New macro to specify JDK path, [Windows-only] Minimize the impact of antivirus software on build speed, Use Firebase Test Lab devices with Gradle Managed Devices, and a whole lot more, please visit this link: ANDROID DEVELOPERS

Download Android Studio today!

Now is the time to download Android Studio Hedgehog to incorporate the new features into your workflow. As always, we appreciate any feedback on things you like, issues, or features you would like to see. If you find an issue, please check the known issues and file a bug if needed. Remember to also follow us on X (formerly known as Twitter)Medium, or YouTube for more Android development updates!

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