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Introduction to Android Studio

Getting Started with Android Studio and making your first app.

Prithviraj Biswas
Prithviraj Biswas
November 25, 2020
2 min read

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What is Android Studio?

In recent times, Android became the world's most popular operating system for various reasons. As an Android programmer, I want to share what the Android Studio is? Android Studio is an IDE for Google Android Development launched on 16th May 2013, during Google's I/O 2013 event. Android Studio contains all the Android tools to design, test, debug, and profile your application. The Android Studio uses Gradle to manage your project, a Build Automation Tool.

For developing your first app, you need to download Android Studio for your preferred platform (Windows®, Mac OS X, or Linux) from the Android developers site. Android Studio can develop and test your application on either a real device or an emulator.

Android Studio has many exciting features that can help you to develop your Android application like :
  • Powerful code editor with smart editing and code re-factoring.
  • Emulator to show your code output in various resolutions, including Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and many other android phones.
  • Gradle based build support.
  • Maven Support.
  • Template-based wizards.
  • Dracula Theme Environment to enjoy your coding experience.

You can experience all the awesome features by using Android Studio in-hand.

Let's Build Something!!!

In this article, we're going to build a simple "Hello World" Android Application.

Requirement: Make sure you have Android Studio installed. If you don't, refer to this link. It's pretty straightforward.

To create the application, we will follow these steps through the process in a pretty painless manner.

Step 1. Open your Android Studio after installing, and this following screen appears after starting:

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Step 2. Click on "Start a New Android Project" and choose the activity we want the project to be. For me, I'm selecting an empty activity.

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Step 3. Configure your project by changing the project's name and the desired language the user wants to code with. Android Studio supports two languages, i.e., Java and Kotlin. The user can also choose their desired API, like which android version they want to run, and then click on finish.

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Step 4.Wait until your Gradle build finishes successfully and find your java and .xml file from folders of the app, as shown in the given image. alt_text

Step 5. Click onto your .xml file to see the initial layout of the file like the given image. You can drag and drop from the palette's items and change your layout by dragging and dropping.

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Step 6. At last, Run your file by the run button on the top right corner in your emulator configured. And hurray! You created your First Android Application!

Closing Thoughts

This article introduces Android, including just enough hands-on dragging and dropping to hopefully get you excited to know more about the Android platform. As we dig deeper, we can explore the capabilities of this great platform.


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Prithviraj Biswas

Prithviraj Biswas

Programming is not only my passion but is something that I developed over time with great effort. I am driven by my insatiable fascination for Computers I learn something new every day as there is so much yet to learn.

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