Android Studio vs IntelliJ IDEA

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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.

Decisions about Android Studio and IntelliJ IDEA
Samriddhi Sinha
Machine Learning Engineer at Chefling · | 6 upvotes · 219K views

Lightweight and versatile. Huge library of extensions that enable you to integrate a host of services to your development environment. VS Code's biggest strength is its library of extensions which enables it to directly compete with every single major IDE for almost all major programming languages.

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Manabu Tokunaga
CEO, Co-Founder at WinguMD · | 10 upvotes · 122.8K views

I originally chose IntelliJ over Eclipse, as it was close enough to the look and feel of Visual Studio and we do go back and forth between the two. We really begin to love IntelliJ and their suite of IDEs so we are now using AppCode for the IOS development because the workflow is identical with the IntelliJ. IntelliJ is super complex and intimidating at first but it does afford a lot of nice utilities to get us produce clean code.

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Pros of Android Studio
Pros of IntelliJ IDEA
  • 171
    Android studio is a great tool, getting better and bet
  • 100
    Google's official android ide
  • 35
    Intelligent code editor with lots of auto-completion
  • 25
    Its powerful and robust
  • 5
    Easy creating android app
  • 3
    Amazing Layout Designer
  • 3
    Great tool & very helpful
  • 3
    Great Code Tips
  • 2
    Built in Emulator
  • 2
    Keyboard Shortcuts are Amazing Out of the box
  • 2
    Easy to use
  • 1
    Cc
  • 291
    Fantastically intelligent
  • 240
    Best-in-class ide
  • 187
    Many languages support
  • 152
    Java
  • 118
    Fast
  • 77
    Code analysis
  • 77
    Reliable
  • 75
    Out of the box integration with maven, git, svn
  • 63
    Plugin architecture
  • 59
    Integrated version control
  • 10
    Code refactoring support
  • 9
    Best java IDE
  • 6
    Local history
  • 5
    Built-in terminal/run tools
  • 5
    Integrated Database Navigator
  • 4
    All
  • 4
    Code Completion
  • 4
    Free If you're a Student
  • 3
    Cross platform
  • 3
    IDE
  • 3
    ERD Diagrams
  • 3
    Database/Code integration
  • 3
    Kotlin
  • 3
    Base for Android Studio
  • 3
    Free for open-source development, students and teacher
  • 2
    Reformating Code
  • 2
    Command-line tools
  • 2
    Out Of The Box features
  • 2
    Android Integration
  • 2
    Server and client-side debugger
  • 2
    Multicursor support
  • 2
    Free
  • 2
    Intuitive
  • 2
    Vim support
  • 2
    Special icons for most filetypes in project list
  • 2
    Live Templates
  • 2
    Supports many frameworks
  • 2
    Scala support
  • 2
    Typescript support
  • 2
    More than enough languages for any developer
  • 2
    Built-in web server
  • 1
    Its fake intellisense is better than real IntelliSense
  • 1
    Open source
  • 1
    So modernised
  • 1
    Clean UI
  • 1
    Works fine with mac os catalina
  • 1
    A lot of plugin
  • 1
    Just works
  • 1
    Integrated Ssh/Ftp Managers
  • 1
    Full support
  • 1
    Task managers
  • 1
    Diff tools
  • 1
    File Watchers
  • 1
    Support for various package managers
  • 1
    Integrated Code Linting
  • 1
    Column Selection Mode
  • 1
    Efficient, one Stop solution

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Cons of Android Studio
Cons of IntelliJ IDEA
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    Huge memory usage
  • 4
    Slow emulator
  • 2
    No checking incompatibilities
  • 2
    Complex for begginers
  • 1
    Lags behind IntelliJ IDEA
  • 1
    Slow release process
  • 17
    Large footprint required to really enjoy (mem/disc)
  • 11
    Very slow
  • 5
    Bad for beginners
  • 4
    UI is not intuitive
  • 3
    Constant reindexing
  • 3
    Not nearly as many tools to integrate as vs code
  • 2
    Needs a lot of CPU and RAM power
  • 1
    Built in terminal is slow
  • 1
    Ruby is a plug in
  • 1
    Doesn't work that well with windows 10 edu
  • 0
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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
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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
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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
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