The key highlights of the new tool are as follows, as outlined by Google themselves:
- Gradle-based build support.
- Android-specific refactoring and quick fixes.
- Lint tools to catch performance, usability, version compatibility and other problems.
- ProGuard and app-signing capabilities.
- Template-based wizards to create common Android designs and components.
- A rich layout editor that allows you to drag-and-drop UI components, preview layouts on multiple screen configurations, and much more.
You can download Android Studio IDE from here, and is available for Windows, OS X and Linux. Bear in mind that it’s an early access preview, hence there might be a little rough edges. They will be removed as time progresses, of course.