New features in Android Studio Preview

This page lists the new features introduced in Android Studio preview releases. The preview builds provide early access to the latest features and improvements in Android Studio. You can download these preview versions here. If you encounter any problems using a preview version of Android Studio, please let us know. Your bug reports help to make Android Studio better.

For the latest news on Android Studio preview releases, including a list of notable fixes in each preview release, see the Release Updates in the Android Studio blog.

Current versions of Android Studio

The following table lists the current versions of Android Studio and their respective channels.

Version Channel
Android Studio Jellyfish | 2023.3.1 Stable
Android Gradle plugin 8.4.0 Stable
Android Studio Koala | 2024.1.1 Beta
Android Studio Koala Feature Drop | 2024.1.2 Canary

Compatibility with Android Gradle plugin previews

Each preview version of Android Studio is published alongside a corresponding version of the Android Gradle plugin (AGP). Preview versions of Studio should work with any compatible stable version of AGP. However, if you're using a preview version of AGP, you must use the corresponding preview version of Studio (for example, Android Studio Chipmunk Canary 7 with AGP 7.2.0-alpha07). Attempts to use divergent versions (for example, Android Studio Chipmunk Beta 1 with AGP 7.2.0-alpha07) will cause a Sync failure, which results in a prompt to update to the corresponding version of AGP.

For a detailed log of Android Gradle plugin API deprecations and removals, see the Android Gradle plugin API updates.

Android Studio Koala | 2024.1.1

The following are new features in Android Studio Koala | 2024.1.1. To see what's been fixed in this version of Android Studio, see the closed issues.

Build a Generative AI app using the Gemini API template

You can now use Android Studio to build an app that implements Generative AI using the Google AI SDK. The Gemini API template in Android Studio lets you incorporate AI-powered features, such as those that rely on text generation and image recognition, in your app to delight your users.

To learn how to get started, see Build your first Generative AI app in Android Studio.

Compose Preview Screenshot Testing tool

Use the Compose Preview Screenshot Testing tool to test your Compose UIs and prevent regressions. The new tool helps you generate HTML reports that let you visually detect any changes to your app's UI. Learn more at Compose Preview Screenshot Testing.

IntelliJ 2024.1 platform updates

Android Studio Koala includes the IntelliJ 2024.1 platform release, which has many new features such as a new terminal, "sticky lines" in the editor that help you keep track of what class or method you're in, and more. For more details see the IntelliJ release notes.

Android Studio Koala Feature Drop | 2024.1.2

In addition to the Intellij 2024.1 platform updates, the following are new features in Android Studio Koala Feature Drop | 2024.1.2. To see what's been fixed in this version of Android Studio, see the closed issues.

Code suggestions with Gemini in Android Studio

You can now provide custom prompts for Gemini in Android Studio to generate code suggestions:

  1. Enable Gemini by clicking View > Tool Windows > Gemini.
  2. To see the prompt field, right-click in the code editor and select Gemini > Transform selected code from the context menu.
  3. Prompt Gemini to generate a code suggestion that either adds new code or transforms selected code. Ask Gemini to simplify complex code by rewriting it, perform very specific code transformations such as "make this code idiomatic," or generate new functions you describe. Android Studio then shows you Gemini's code suggestion as a code diff, so you can review and accept only the suggestions you want.

Analyze crash reports with Gemini in Android Studio

Use Gemini in Android Studio to analyze your App Quality Insights crash reports, generate insights, provide a crash summary, and when possible recommend next steps, including sample code and links to relevant documentation.

Generate all of this information by clicking Show Insights in the App Quality Insights tool window in Android Studio after you enable Gemini from View > Tool Windows > Gemini.

Show insights from Gemini from the App Quality Insights tool window

Android Device Streaming: more devices and improved sign-up

Android Device Streaming now includes the following devices, in addition to the portfolio of 20+ device models already available:

  • Samsung Galaxy Fold5
  • Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
  • Google Pixel 8a

Additionally, if you're new to Firebase, Android Studio automatically creates and sets up a no-cost Firebase project for you when you sign in to Koala Feature Drop to use Device Streaming. So, you can get to streaming the device you need much faster. Learn more about Android Device Streaming quotas, including promotional quota for the Firebase Blaze plan projects available for a limited time.

USB cable speed detection

Android Studio now detects when it's possible to connect your Android device with a faster USB cable, and suggests an upgrade that maximizes your device capabilities. Using an appropriate USB cable optimizes app installation time and minimizes latency when using tools such as the Android Studio debugger.

USB cable speed detection is only available for macOS and Linux, and after you upgrade to the latest version of the SDK Platform Tools. Windows support is coming soon.

The information provided by Android Studio is similar to the information you can get using one of the following tools, depending on your OS:

  • Mac: running system_profiler SPUSBDataType from the terminal
  • Linux: running lsusb -vvv from the terminal

Updated sign in flow to Google services

It's now easier to sign in to multiple Google services with one authentication step. Whether you want to use Gemini in Android Studio, Firebase for Android Device Streaming, Google Play for Android Vitals reports, or all these useful services, the new sign in flow makes it easier to get up and running. If you're new to Firebase and want to use Android Device Streaming, Android Studio automatically creates a project for you, so you can quickly start streaming a real physical Firebase device. With granular permissions scoping, you will always be in control of which services have access to your account. To get started, click the profile avatar and sign in with your developer account.

Device UI setting shortcuts

To help you build and debug your UI, we have introduced Device UI setting shortcuts in the Running Devices tool window in Android Studio. Use the shortcuts to view the effect of common UI settings such as dark theme, font size, screen size, app language and TalkBack. You can use the shortcuts with emulators, mirrored physical devices, and devices streamed from Firebase Test Lab.

Note that accessibility settings such as TalkBack and Select to Speak only show up if they are already installed on the device. If you don't see those options, download the Android Accessibility Suite app from the Play Store.

Device UI setting shortcuts are available for devices running API level 33 or higher.

Device UI Setting Shortcuts in Running Device Window
Device UI Setting Shortcuts in Running Device Window

Faster and improved Profiler with a task-centric approach

We've improved the performance of the Android Studio Profiler such that popular profiling tasks like capturing a system trace with profileable apps now start up to 60% faster.

The Profiler's task-centric redesign also makes it easier to start the task you're interested in, whether it's profiling your app's CPU, memory, or power usage. For example, you can start a system trace task to profile and improve your app's startup time right from the UI as soon as you open the Profiler.

Google Play SDK Index integration

The Android Studio Google Play SDK Index integration now includes warnings from the Google Play SDK Console. This gives you a complete view of any potential version or policy issues in your dependencies before submitting your app to the Google Play Console.

Android Studio now also displays notes from SDK authors directly in the editor to save you time.

Wear OS tiles preview panel

Group names in the preview panel match the group name given in the
    preview annotation
Tiles preview panel in Android Studio.

By including several dependencies on version 1.4 of the Jetpack Tiles library, currently in alpha, you can view snapshots of your Wear OS app's tiles. This preview panel is particularly useful if your tile's appearance changes in response to conditions, such as different content depending on the device's display size, or a sports event reaching halftime.

To use this feature, do the following.

  1. Include the following dependencies in your app's build.gradle.kts or build.gradle file:

    dependencies {
        implementation("androidx.wear.tiles:tiles-tooling-preview:1.4.0-alpha02")
        debugImplementation("androidx.wear.tiles:tiles-tooling:1.4.0-alpha02")
        implementation("androidx.wear:wear-tooling-preview:1.0.0")
    }
    
  2. To see a preview of your tile's appearance on different Wear OS display sizes, add the @Preview annotation, and pass in the device parameter:

    import androidx.wear.tiles.tooling.preview.Preview
    
    @Preview(device = WearDevices.SMALL_ROUND)
    fun smallPreview(context: Context) = TilePreviewData(
        onTileRequest = { request ->
            TilePreviewHelper.singleTimelineEntryTileBuilder(
                buildMyTileLayout()
            ).build()
        }
    )
    

Mock sensor capabilities and values

Android Studio now includes a new sensor panel, which lets you simulate a device having or not having specific sensor capabilities, such as a heart rate sensor, as well as set specific test values for these sensors. Use this panel to test how your app handles devices that have different sensor capabilities. This panel is useful for testing health and fitness apps, especially on Wear OS devices.

Button is near the middle of the panel row
The Wear Health Services panel, available in the emulator.

To open and use the panel, do the following:

  1. Create or open an Android Virtual Device (AVD) and run your app on the emulator.
  2. In the emulator panel, select Wear Health Services. Open Wear Health Services panel The Wear Health Services panel opens, showing a list of sensors that are available on different Android-powered devices.

After the panel opens, you can do the following:

  • Toggle among Standard capabilities, All capabilities (default), or Custom. Select Apply to send the current list of capabilities to the emulated device, and select Reset to restore the list of capabilities to their default on-off values.
  • Trigger different user events after you select the Trigger events drop-down button. From here, you can Trigger auto pause/resume of fitness activities, Trigger sleep events by the user, and Trigger golf shots that the user takes on a golf course or mini-golf course.
  • Override sensor values, after you begin an exercise in an app that's installed on the emulator. After you enter new values for different exercise metrics, select Apply to sync these values with the emulator. This is useful for testing how your app handles different exercise conditions and users' fitness tendencies.

Compose Glance widget previews

Android Studio Koala Feature Drop makes it easy to preview your Jetpack Compose Glance widgets directly within the IDE. Catch potential UI issues and fine-tune your widget's appearance early in the development process. To get started follow these steps:

  1. Add the dependencies.
    1. Add the dependencies to your version catalog:
          [versions]
          androidx-glance-preview = "1.1.0-rc01"
      
          [libraries]
          androidx-glance-preview = {
            group = "androidx.glance",
            name = "glance-preview",
            version.ref = "androidx-glance-preview" }
          androidx-glance-appwidget-preview = {
            group = "androidx.glance",
            name = "glance-appwidget-preview",
            version.ref = "androidx-glance-preview" }
          
    2. Add the dependencies to your app-level build.gradle.kts file:
          debugImplementation(libs.androidx.glance.preview)
          debugImplementation(libs.androidx.glance.appwidget.preview)
          
  2. Import the dependencies in the file where you have Glance UI:
        import androidx.glance.preview.ExperimentalGlancePreviewApi
        import androidx.glance.preview.Preview
        
  3. Create a preview of your Glance widget:
      @Composable
      fun MyGlanceContent() {
        GlanceTheme {
          Scaffold(
            backgroundColor = GlanceTheme.colors.widgetBackground,
            titleBar = { … },
          ) {
              …
          }
        }
      }
    
      @OptIn(ExperimentalGlancePreviewApi::class)
      @Preview(widthDp = 172, heightDp = 244)
      @Composable
      fun MyGlancePreview() {
        MyGlanceContent()
      }
      

Live Edit for Compose enabled by default

Live Edit is now enabled in manual mode by default. It has increased stability and more robust change detection, including support for import statements.

Kotlin support for test fixtures in Android Gradle plugin

Starting with Android Gradle plugin 8.5.0-beta01, you can now use Kotlin in your testFixtures sources. Previously, testFixtures sources only supported Java.

To use this feature, do the following.

  1. Ensure you're using Kotlin version 1.9.20 or higher.
  2. Add android.experimental.enableTestFixturesKotlinSupport=true to your gradle.properties file.
  3. Add an explicit dependency on the Kotlin standard library in your module's build.gradle.kts or build.gradle file:

    dependencies {
        testFixturesImplementation("org.jetbrains.kotlin:kotlin-stdlib:1.9.20")
    }
    

Known limitations: There is no KAPT or KSP support for test fixtures yet.