By default, when you highlight a word or a phrase and then press quote, the highlighted words are replaced by quotes. That’s how Android Studio works. There are 2 solutions to insert quotes or braces.
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Surround live template can be used to insert any symbols or characters to both sides of selected text. Braces surrounding can be called by default with the B abbreviation so there is no need to add a new template. Access Settings > Editor > Live Template and add a new template within the surrounding group for a quote. The template’s content should be “$SELECTION$”.
Then you can apply this template via the Live Template popup menu by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T or Ctrl+Alt+J.
Using Smart Keys is simple and faster. Access Settings > Editor > General > Smart Keys and check “Surround selection on typing quote or brace”. Android Studio then auto insert quotes or brace when you type them when highlighting texts.