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A Visual Studio extension that comes in handy especially for developers who want to design and create Android software in no time

editor's review




AndroidStudio is a straightforward and reliable plugin that seamlessly integrates within Visual Studio and emulates your projects effortlessly. It downloads all the necessary SDK components so you can develop and debug Java applications.

Additionally, AndroidStudio comes with a rich layout editor that enables you to drag and drop all the necessary components, preview layouts on multiple screen configurations and create common Android designs and components.

After the installation process is finished, the SDK Manager enables you to choose the SDK versions you want to be installed and configured into your system.

Since the AndroidManifest.xml file (which is automatically generated when you create a new Android project) creates the required scripts instantly, you need to make sure that you have the proper SDK versions installed, otherwise you need to manually set the minimum and the maximum SDK so the Android app can launch.

Afterward, you need to create a new emulator by selecting the Android mobile you are interested in and the SDK version, then set its name. What’s more, you are able to create as many emulators as you want and test the apps effortlessly.

For instance, in case you want to create a SMS Android application, you need to make sure that it is able to send and receive messages, as well. This way, you need to create and start two emulators.

The right-click menu on the project’s directory enables you to access the ‘Run As Android Application’ option that it will automatically launch the emulator and display the application with ease.

However, before accessing this option, you need to make sure that no errors are presented in your project, otherwise AndroidStudio won’t start the emulator.

All in all, AndroidStudio is a great and necessary utility when it comes to testing and debugging Android applications, regardless of their type.

AndroidStudio was reviewed by Cristina Jitaru
Last updated on January 30th, 2014
AndroidStudio - By using AndroidStudio you have the possibility to develop Android software in no time