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Updated Features of Android studio 1.4

 Updated Features of Android studio 1.4

We are glad to inform you that Google has finally  Updated features of Android studio 1.4, bringing several new features on board and changes to accelerate the development of Android apps. The new updated features include improvement in design tools, performance monitors, and native developer service support. 

 Updated Features of Android studio 1.4

 Design Tools

  • Google has included a Vector Assets Studio For app design, to make it a little easier to manage app icons, and allowing the developer to select existing material design icons or upload new custom icons into the project. The new software will now automatically generate raster PNG images for API level 20 and below during build time. The idea is that vector asset is a program that draws your graphic at whatever resolution the current system supports. To create bitmaps at different resolutions for each screen type you support and, if you don’t provide a suitable graphic, the system will scale what you have supplied either up or down to fit.


  • Android 1.4 makes it much easier to use vector drawables to create resolution-independent graphics. Vector assets are supported even when targeting API levels prior to Lollipop, but there is a backward compatibility option that will automatically generate all of the bitmaps needed to support previous versions.


  • A new Theme Editor has also been introduced which makes the process of tweaking colors easier for app interfaces. This first preview version of the Theme Editor allows developer to edit and update the material theme colors for app. To access the editor, navigate from top level menu Tools → Android → Theme Editor.

  • The update also adds Project Templates,which allows the developer to use the New Project Wizard app template to start a new app, or add a new activity to the app. Android Studio 1.4 includes application templates for the Android Design Support Library, starting with No Activity, Blank, Empty, Full screen, Log in, Maps, Tabbed, and other templates.



Performance Monitors

  • App performance  is always an important part of the especially for games/ any app that performs intensive tasks and development cycle. Performance Monitors have been added to the upgrade, which was a much-requested feature for a long time.

  • To enable GPU monitoring, make sure you turn on monitoring for your Android hardware device or emulator under Settings >Developer Options. In the Monitoring section, select Profile GPU Rendering. In the Profile GPU Rendering popup, choose On screen as bars to overlay the graphs on the screen of your mobile device. Go to the app that you want to profile. For each visible application, the tool displays a graph. The horizontal axis shows time elapsing, and the vertical axis time per frame in milliseconds.


  • A network monitor has also been provided to track transmit and receive rates of the app over time. A Network monitor, to measure your app’s network usage.   

Developer Services

  • New Developer Services have also been tightly integrated.Google has made it even easier to add a Firebase mobile backend to your Android app.
  • Firebase is a platform for building cloud dependent apps, it includes data storage, user authentication, static hosting, and more. Access to Firebase mobile backend to your Android app is made easy. Now developers can just hit file, select Project Structure, and navigate to the new Cloud section to utilize the services. To access the feature, navigate from the top level menu and select File → Project Structure → Cloud.

Add Firebase


Developers can update their current version of Android Studio by going to Help > Check for Update( Windows and Linus) , or Android Studio > Check for Updates on OS X.

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