Android Studio Release Proguard Build Failed With Exception (Please correct the above warnings first)

May 17, 2019

The following error messages are shown.

...
Warning: com.google.android.libraries.places.internal.iz: can't find referenced class com.google.j2objc.annotations.RetainedWith
Warning: com.google.android.libraries.places.internal.iz: can't find referenced class com.google.j2objc.annotations.RetainedWith
Warning: com.google.android.libraries.places.internal.iz: can't find referenced class com.google.j2objc.annotations.RetainedWith
Warning: com.google.android.libraries.places.internal.jb: can't find referenced class com.google.j2objc.annotations.RetainedWith
...

Warning: Exception while processing task java.io.IOException: Please correct the above warnings first.
Thread(Tasks limiter_3): destruction
> Task :app:transformClassesAndResourcesWithProguardForRelease FAILED

FAILURE: Build failed with an exception.

* What went wrong:
Execution failed for task ':app:transformClassesAndResourcesWithProguardForRelease'.
> Job failed, see logs for details

* Try:
Run with --stacktrace option to get the stack trace. Run with --info or --debug option to get more log output. Run with --scan to get full insights.

* Get more help at https://help.gradle.org

Look for Warning: text (most are Note:), add -dontwarn into proguard-rules.pro for the affected packages.

-dontwarn com.google.android.libraries.places.**
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