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Download Android Studio 3.4: Introduces Android Q Emulator, Resource Manager and more

The latest version of the Android development environment, Android Studio 3.4, is now available for download. This new release brings a couple of new features while improving the existing ones and now have better overall compatibility with apps and games targeted towards Android Q.

The previous version was released earlier this year and now we have Android Studio 3.4 as a stable release. The initial beta of this version was announced back around when the Android Q Beta was released for the Google Pixel phones. As per Google, this is a milestone release from their Project Marble efforts. Project Marble is our focus on making the fundamental features and flows of the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) rock-solid.

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Android Studio 3.4 New Features & Changes

This release doesn’t really bring a long list of new features, but a small focused list of all the new changes and features are given below:

Develop

  • Resource Manager
  • Import Intentions
  • Layout Editor Properties Panel
  • IntelliJ 2018.3.4 Platform Update

Build

  • Project Structure Dialog
  • R8 by Default

Test

  • Emulator Device Skins
  • Android Q Beta Emulator System Image Support

The main highlight of this release is a new Resource Manager. This tool allows the developer to visualize the drawables, colors, and layouts across your app project in a consolidated view. All in all, a big improvement for asset management and navigation in Android Studio.

Android Studio 3.4 - Resource Manager

Another major inclusion is the replacement of Proguard with R8. This allow developers to shrink the size of their APK files and remove any unused code and resources from the package. R8 was first introduced about two years ago, but as of Android Studio 3.4 release, this is now the default code shrinker for every project created with the new IDE release.

Pixel 3 XL skin in Android Studio 3.4
Pixel 3 XL skin in Android Studio 3.4

And not to forget, you can now test and build apps for Android Q as the latest emulator images are now available. Android Studio 3.4 also adds the latest device skins for the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

Download Android Studio 3.4

You can get the latest Android Studio 3.4 for different platforms (Windows, Mac and Linux) from the official download page.

You can also download directly from the following official links:

Need help with the installation of Android Studio? We have a complete tutorial that you can read: How to Set Up Android Studio on Computer.

System Requirements

These are the system requirements your computer should meet in order to run Android Studio 3.4. We have listed system requirements according to each desktop platform below.

Windows:

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7/8/10 (32- or 64-bit)
  • 3 GB RAM minimum, 8 GB RAM recommended; plus 1 GB for the Android Emulator
  • 2 GB of available disk space minimum,
    4 GB Recommended (500 MB for IDE + 1.5 GB for Android SDK and emulator system image)
  • 1280 x 800 minimum screen resolution

Mac:

  • Mac® OS X® 10.10 (Yosemite) or higher, up to 10.13 (macOS High Sierra)
  • 3 GB RAM minimum, 8 GB RAM recommended; plus 1 GB for the Android Emulator
  • 2 GB of available disk space minimum,
    4 GB Recommended (500 MB for IDE + 1.5 GB for Android SDK and emulator system image)
  • 1280 x 800 minimum screen resolution

Linux:

  • GNOME or KDE desktopTested on Ubuntu® 14.04 LTS, Trusty Tahr (64-bit distribution capable of running 32-bit applications)
  • 64-bit distribution capable of running 32-bit applications
  • GNU C Library (glibc) 2.19 or later
  • 3 GB RAM minimum, 8 GB RAM recommended; plus 1 GB for the Android Emulator
  • 2 GB of available disk space minimum,
    4 GB Recommended (500 MB for IDE + 1.5 GB for Android SDK and emulator system image)
  • 1280 x 800 minimum screen resolution

If you are looking to install Android Q on your computer, read: How to Set Up Android Q on Android Studio.

[Source: Android Developer Website]

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