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Android Studio vs IntelliJ IDEA: What are the differences?

What is Android Studio? Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. It provides new features and improvements over Eclipse ADT and will be the official Android IDE once it's ready.

What is IntelliJ IDEA? Capable and Ergonomic IDE for JVM. Out of the box, IntelliJ IDEA provides a comprehensive feature set including tools and integrations with the most important modern technologies and frameworks for enterprise and web development with Java, Scala, Groovy and other languages.

Android Studio and IntelliJ IDEA can be categorized as "Integrated Development Environment" tools.

Some of the features offered by Android Studio are:

  • Flexible Gradle-based build system.
  • Build variants and multiple APK generation.
  • Expanded template support for Google Services and various device types.

On the other hand, IntelliJ IDEA provides the following key features:

  • Smart Code Completion
  • On-the-fly Code Analysis
  • Advanced Refactorings

"Android studio is a great tool, getting better and bet " is the top reason why over 164 developers like Android Studio, while over 271 developers mention "Fantastically intelligent" as the leading cause for choosing IntelliJ IDEA.

Lyft, Asana, and Square are some of the popular companies that use IntelliJ IDEA, whereas Android Studio is used by Lyft, 9GAG, and Asana. IntelliJ IDEA has a broader approval, being mentioned in 815 company stacks & 1065 developers stacks; compared to Android Studio, which is listed in 928 company stacks and 690 developer stacks.

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What is Android Studio?

Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. It provides new features and improvements over Eclipse ADT and will be the official Android IDE once it's ready.

What is IntelliJ IDEA?

Out of the box, IntelliJ IDEA provides a comprehensive feature set including tools and integrations with the most important modern technologies and frameworks for enterprise and web development with Java, Scala, Groovy and other languages.
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What are some alternatives to Android Studio and IntelliJ IDEA?
Visual Studio
Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications.
Eclipse
Standard Eclipse package suited for Java and plug-in development plus adding new plugins; already includes Git, Marketplace Client, source code and developer documentation. Click here to file a bug against Eclipse Platform.
Xamarin
Xamarin’s Mono-based products enable .NET developers to use their existing code, libraries and tools (including Visual Studio*), as well as skills in .NET and the C# programming language, to create mobile applications for the industry’s most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Xcode
The Xcode IDE is at the center of the Apple development experience. Tightly integrated with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, Xcode is an incredibly productive environment for building amazing apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
Flutter
Flutter is a mobile app SDK to help developers and designers build modern mobile apps for iOS and Android.
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Sezgi Ulucam
Sezgi Ulucam
Developer Advocate at Hasura · | 7 upvotes · 366K views
Expo
Expo
Xcode
Xcode
React Native
React Native
Android Studio
Android Studio
Android SDK
Android SDK

I've recently switched to using Expo for initializing and developing my React Native apps. Compared to React Native CLI, it's so much easier to get set up and going. Setting up and maintaining Android Studio, Android SDK, and virtual devices used to be such a headache. Thanks to Expo, I can now test my apps directly on my Android phone, just by installing the Expo app. I still use Xcode Simulator for iOS testing, since I don't have an iPhone, but that's easy anyway. The big win for me with Expo is ease of Android testing.

The Expo SDK also provides convenient features like Facebook login, MapView, push notifications, and many others. https://docs.expo.io/versions/v31.0.0/sdk/

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Julien DeFrance
Julien DeFrance
Principal Software Engineer at Tophatter · | 8 upvotes · 111.2K views
atSmartZipSmartZip
Xcode
Xcode
Objective-C
Objective-C
Android Studio
Android Studio
React Native
React Native
#MobileDev

As a Engineering Manager & Director at SmartZip, I had a mix of front-end, back-end, #mobile engineers reporting to me.

Sprints after sprints, I noticed some inefficiencies on the MobileDev side. People working multiple sprints in a row on their Xcode / Objective-C codebase while some others were working on Android Studio. After which, QA & Product ensured both applications were in sync, on a UI/UX standpoint, creating addional work, which also happened to be extremely costly.

Our resources being so limited, my role was to stop this bleeding and keep my team productive and their time, valuable.

After some analysis, discussions, proof of concepts... etc. We decided to move to a single codebase using React Native so our velocity would increase.

After some initial investment, our initial assumptions were confirmed and we indeed started to ship features a lot faster than ever before. Also, our engineers found a way to perform this upgrade incrementally, so the initial platform-specific codebase wouldn't have to entirely be rewritten at once but only gradually and at will.

Feedback around React Native was very positive. And I doubt - for the kind of application we had - no one would want to go back to two or more code bases. Our application was still as Native as it gets. And no feature or device capability was compromised.

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Andrey Kurdyumov
Andrey Kurdyumov
Sr. Software developer · | 6 upvotes · 58.2K views
Visual Studio
Visual Studio
IntelliJ IDEA
IntelliJ IDEA

I use Visual Studio because it provides me best default configuration for development. Less choice helps me concentrate on the product. In a sense it is iPhone of software development for me. When my laptop broke, I just download latest version of VS and start coding without any configuration. For sure it has best editor in terms of perceived responsiveness. Could not say the same for IntelliJ IDEA unfortunately.

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Reviews of Android Studio and IntelliJ IDEA
Review ofAndroid StudioAndroid Studio
  1. It is pretty neat and stable. I find very few issues with it.

  2. This software provides a good base or platform on building apps and has great features.

  3. I prefer this software since it gives me more options in building my app and has no restrictions.

How developers use Android Studio and IntelliJ IDEA
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Promethean TV uses IntelliJ IDEAIntelliJ IDEA

PrometheanTV builds applications and services utilizing a variety of languages and technologies. The IntelliJ IDE is used by various technical staff to build software on a variety of languages supported by the IDE including Java, HTML/CSS/JS, etc.

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Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses IntelliJ IDEAIntelliJ IDEA

IntelliJ IDEA is our polyglot IDE of choice. We use it esentially for all programming and coding aswell as some basic database management and planning. IntelliJ IDEA has proven to be a reliable companion in developing our various software.

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Kang Hyeon Ku uses IntelliJ IDEAIntelliJ IDEA

eclipse 를 쓰면서 이만하면 충분한거 아닌가 왜 돈내고 IDE를 사서 쓰지 했는데, 진짜 돈 값을 한다. 정말 자동화 완성 기능은 엄청난것 같다. 단축키로 이소스 저소스 넘어 다니고 이창 저창 뜨우는게 편하다. 그리고 프레임워크 서포트 기능이 장말 강력하다. 그리고 가장 맘에 드는 점은 터미널이 기본 창에 있는 점이 좋다. CMD 가 싫으면 설정을 통해 다른 터미널 프로그램으로 바꿀수 있다.

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papaver uses Android StudioAndroid Studio

mainly use for building and debugging android projects. used it to test builds out of both unity and ionic. used the plugin version back in the day when i was developing the android app at my startup.

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datapile uses IntelliJ IDEAIntelliJ IDEA

If Scala and Spring are the gods gifts in terms of programming languages and opinionated-frameworks, then JetBrain's IntelliJ IDEA is the IDE equivalent.

Words don't do it justice.

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MOKA Analytics uses IntelliJ IDEAIntelliJ IDEA

We use IntelliJ IDEA because it has great support for both Python and JS. In particular, its type-based code analyses, refactoring tools, and debugger are world class

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Antoine Praet uses Android StudioAndroid Studio

Android Mobile Application is partially developed with Android Studio (UI Component only) The core is developed with Xamarin.

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Promethean TV uses Android StudioAndroid Studio

PrometheanTV provides SDKs for Android devices and utilizes the Android Studio DE for development and testing purposes.

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MadElf1337 uses Android StudioAndroid Studio

Android studio is the best platform for app development & screwing around with the code Also very user-friendly

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Nick De Cooman uses Android StudioAndroid Studio

Experience with Android Studio in the context of Android Development. Mostly using Genymotion as main emulator.

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