Google Changing Android Studio Version Numbering System

Google has announced that it is changing the version numbering system for Android Studio with the change taking effect after the release of Android Studio 4.2. This means that instead of calling it Android Studio 4.3, it will be called Android Studio Arctic Fox (2020.3.1).

This new system includes a code name representing a major version change using alphabetical names. As such, the code name for the next major release after Arctic Fox will begin with the letter “B”.

For those who don’t already now, Android Studio is based on a product called IDEA from a company named IntelliJ. The change of versioning system is intended to make it easier to find out which version of IntelliJ Idea the current Android Studio release is based on. IntelliJ numbers it versions as follows:

<Release Year>.<Major Version>

So, for example, Android Studio 4.3 will be based on IntelliJ IDEA version 2020.3. The final number is used to identify the major Android Studio version, starting at 1. This gives us the following designation for what would have been called Android Studio 4.3:

Android Studio Arctic Fox (2020.3.1)

If we’ve understood this correctly, we can assume that if what would have been called Android Studio 4.4 were to be based on IntelliJ IDEA 2021.7, then Android Studio may be called something like “Android Studio Baltic Seal (2021.7.2)”.

Android Studio 4.2 Beta 2 Released

Google has now released Android Studio 4.2 Beta 2 for early access testing and is available via the Beta channel. If your copy of Android Studio is already subscribed to the Beta channel, it can be downloaded using the Help > Check for Updates (Android Studio > Check for Updates) menu option.

If you want to try out this Beta release alongside the Android Studio 4.1, simply download and install a separate copy via the following link:

https://developer.android.com/studio/preview/index.html