Pulling the plug

Android Developer Tools plugin for Eclipse loses Google support

Natali Vlatko
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Google will no longer support Eclipse plugins for Android development after shifting to a greater focus on Android Studio. Punters wishing to stick with Eclipse will need to seek out open-source alternatives before support dries up at the end of 2015.

Google has announced that it will be terminating support for the Android Developer Tools plugin in Eclipse by the end of 2015. The decision has come on the back of the successful release of Android Studio, which Google wishes to focus squarely on, rather than providing support in another IDE.

After declaring Android Studio the official Android development tool since reaching the version 1.0 milestone, Google is now forcing Android developer’s hands in what they choose to use for future development. “If you have not had the chance to migrate your projects to Android Studio, now is the time”.

Jamal Eason, Product Manager for Android, said the following about the news:

Over the next few months, we are migrating the rest of the standalone performance tools (e.g. DDMS, Trace Viewer) and building in additional support for the Android NDK into Android Studio. We are focused on Android Studio so that our team can deliver a great experience on a unified development environment.

For those who were still interested in Android tools inside Eclipse, open-source options are available via the Eclipse Foundation. Andmore involves integrating and refactoring the Google ADT plugins necessary to work and includes the following:

  • JDT for Android Java applications
  • CDT for C/C++ shared libraries
  • Maven Build support via the M2E-Android Eclipse Plugin
  • GitHub Plugin from EGit for better collaboration with GitHub projects

The Migration Guide notes that “migrating from Eclipse ADT to Android Studio requires adapting to a new project structure, build system, and IDE functionality”, which is sure to be troublesome for a number of developers yet to make the switch. Several migration prerequisites are also required, with more detail to be found in the guide.

Plugins for other popular IDEs like IntelliJ IDEA are also available for development work, with plugins downloadable for IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate and IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition.

Natali Vlatko
An Australian who calls Berlin home, via a two year love affair with Singapore. Natali was an Editorial Assistant for (S&S Media Group).

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