According to Google’s official news, Android Studio 4.2 has been released and can be downloaded from the stable release channel. Google said that the focus of this version is to launch an upgraded IntelliJ platform and some new features.
Naijatechnews understands that Android Studio 4.2 includes all the main features and updates in IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition 2020.2, including a new version of the GitHub PR interface and a new centralized problem feedback window.
In addition, Google provides a new application project upgrade assistant in Android Studio 4.2, which makes it easier to migrate projects and use the latest Android Gradle plug-in API.
With regard to Android Gradle plug-in 4.2, Google has made many significant changes with AGP 4.2.
- Implemented a brand new resource compiler to improve build performance, especially on Windows devices;
- Update the default Java programming language to version 8;
- Added support for APK v3 and APK v4 signature formats.
At the same time, Google has also made a series of optimizations for existing functions (such as Database Inspector, System Trace, SafeArgs support, Apply Changes, new project wizard, etc.).