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Xavier Ducrohet
Android Tools Lead
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It's been a while, but there's finally another episode ready:

ADB Episode 64: Gradlewweiss
+Tor Norbye and I talk with +Xavier Ducrohet and Jerome Dochez from the Android Studio team about Gradle. And gradle.

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We are releasing an early preview of Android Gradle plugin 2.5, which aims to address performance issues of large Android projects. In order to bring about these improvements, we need to introduce some breaking changes in the plugin behavior, DSL, and APIs. These breaking changes impact both build files and Gradle plugins. We may also need to introduce more breaking changes before this version reaches the stable channel. We are releasing the new plugin early so developers and plugin authors can start trying it with their projects and plugins to provide us with feedback.

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"A source tells ThinkProgress that the Kuwaiti embassy, which has regularly held the event at the Four Seasons in Georgetown, abruptly canceled its reservation after members of the Trump Organization pressured the ambassador to hold the event at the hotel owned by the president-elect. The source, who has direct knowledge of the arrangements between the hotels and the embassy, spoke to ThinkProgress on the condition of anonymity because the individual was not authorized to speak publicly. ThinkProgress was also able to review documentary evidence confirming the source’s account."

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wow, just wow...

"Knudsen called the Third Reich “the miracle of the 20th century.” The miracle of the 21st century: that Reince Priebus and his speechwriters couldn’t find a heartwarming tale about someone who didn’t help fuel the Nazi war machine."

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This web page highlights some of the cool interactive graphics built for UI designer. They almost seem excessive, but went a long way making the concepts easy to learn and memorable.

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If you missed the live stream of our Google IO talk about ConstraintLayout and the new UI builder, it is now available online!

+John Hoford+Romain Guy#ConstraintLayout #IO16 #Android

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We announced today the project I have been working on with +John Hoford for the past year: a new constraint-based layout for android and its associated UI builder, complete with powerful tools to help you create constraints, all available on the Android Studio 2.2 preview! (use the canary build). The UI builder has been built in parallel of the layout system, and really takes advantage of it to provide a new experience.

+Romain Guy  did a really nice demo of it during the "What's new on Android"

John and I will also give a talk about it on friday morning , which will be streamed as well.

There's a codelab available , and you might have seen the mention in the keynote

Keep in mind, this is a preview, released as an alpha version -- "there might be bugs" :) -- but we want to hear from you as you use it -- don't hesitate to contact us and share suggestions, feature requests and of course, bug reports.

Check it out!

#ConstraintLayout #Android #AndroidStudio

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Please update to Android Studio v2.1.1

We wanted to make you aware of an important security update for Android Studio.

Today we released the Android Studio 2.1.1 update. The incremental update addresses two security vulnerabilities in the underlying IntelliJ platform that affects all previous versions of Android Studio:

Built-in WebServer Vulnerabilities: A Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) flaw in the IDE’s built-in WebServer could allow an attacker to access the local file system from a malicious web page without user consent.

Internal RPC Vulnerabilities: Over-permissive Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) settings could allow an attacker to access various internal API endpoints; gain access to data saved by the IDE; gather various meta-information, like IDE version; or open a project without permission.

We have had no reports of active customer exploitation or abuse of these newly reported issues, but it’s important that you update to this new version now.

JetBrains notified Google of two security issues that affect all versions of Android Studio and we worked together to develop a solution. These issues not only affect the Android Studio development environment but all JetBrains products built on IntelliJ Platform including IntelliJ IDEA. See JetBrains security posting here:

We are offering security patches for versions 1.5.1, 2.0, and 2.1 of Android Studio to upgrade to v2.1.1. Simply go into Android Studio and check updates (Help → Check for Update [Windows/Linux] , Android Studio → Check for Updates [OS X]).

If you need to stay on Android Studio 1.5.x, we are also offering a zip file of v1.5.2, which includes the patch for the security vulnerabilities. Download the zip from Android Studio tools website ( and manually install the zip package over your existing Android Studio installation. 

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Android Studio 2.1 now available as stable

Built on the speed and features of Android Studio 2.0, the stable release of Android Studio 2.1 includes updates so you can try out new features and APIs of the developer preview including the new Jack compiler and Java 8 language support.

In addition to support for the N Developer Preview, Android Studio 2.1 also includes performance improvements to Instant Run which leads to faster edit and deploy build speeds.

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