Google today announced the release of Android Studio 1.3, a major update to the integrated development environment (IDE) that first hit 1.0 in December.

The new version includes a new way to check memory snapshots for application code and a new visualization tool to help developers get a big-picture view of memory allocation, Android product manager Jamal Eason wrote in a blog post on the news.

There’s also an early access preview for a C++ editor and debugger, as well as code annotation support for dealing with app permissions in Android M, Eason wrote. Plus, the new version of Android Studio can automatically check for updates to the Android software development kit (SDK).

Android Studio is what Google thinks of as the official IDE for building Android apps, so it’s pretty important in the Google software development ecosystem. Just last month, Google said it would stop supporting its Android Developer Tools plugin for the widely used Eclipse IDE.

You can download Android Studio by going here if you don’t already have it. You can get the latest version by checking for updates using the drop down menu or the pop-up box in the IDE.


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