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By Jessica Thornsby

Key Features

  • Take an preliminary suggestion for an Android app and boost it right into a specified plan, supported through sketches and wireframes
  • Provide a greater event on your clients by way of following top practices and the recent fabric layout principles
  • Work extra successfully and shop time by way of trying out your rules at an early degree via development a prototype

Book Description

Great layout is without doubt one of the key drivers within the adoption of latest functions, but regrettably layout concerns are frequently missed within the face of "will it work," "can we make it quicker," or "can we get extra humans utilizing it"?

This e-book seeks to redress this stability via displaying you ways to get your PM to begin treating the layout part of your undertaking heavily. This e-book is concentrated solely at the improvement of UI beneficial properties, and you will be in a position to virtually imposing the layout practices that we extol in the course of the book.

Starting via in brief outlining a number of the elements you want to take note of while development a UI, you will study the recommendations of Android consumer Interface from scratch. We then circulate directly to formulate a plan on the way to enforce those recommendations in numerous functions. we'll deep dive into how UI beneficial properties are carried out in real-world functions the place UIs are complicated and dynamic.

This booklet bargains close to entire assurance of UI-specific content material together with, perspectives, fragments, the wireframing strategy, and the way so as to add in splash screens-everything you must make expert usual UIs for contemporary purposes. it's going to then disguise fabric layout and allow you to enforce Google's layout aesthetic in a pragmatic demeanour. ultimately, it guarantees the absolute best consumer adventure via interpreting the UI utilizing a number of instruments, after which addressing any difficulties they uncover.

By the top of the booklet, you may leverage the strategies of Android person Interface on your functions that allows you to allure new customers.

What you are going to learn

  • Develop a consumer interface that clings to all of the center fabric layout principles
  • Transform your preliminary app thought right into a concrete and precise plan
  • Add perspectives, ViewGroups, layouts, and customary UI elements for your personal Android projects
  • Use fragments and numerous options to collect person input
  • Create a brand new Android Studio undertaking and improve it right into a prototype
  • Identify and remedy issues of your app's UI to convey a greater consumer experience

About the Author

Jessica Thornsby studied poetry, prose, and script writing at Bolton college sooner than researching the area of open resource and technical writing, and hasn't ever seemed again on the grounds that. this present day, she is a technical author and full-time Android fanatic dwelling in sunny Sheffield, England.

She enjoys writing approximately rooting and flashing cellular units, Java, Eclipse, and all issues Android and Google. while now not wordsmithing approximately know-how and obsessing in regards to the most modern Android advancements, she retains a weblog approximately her neighborhood nutrition scene, and writes approximately taking care of unique pets. at the infrequent events that she's dragged clear of her machine, she enjoys beer gardens, curry homes, the good British seashore, frightening videos, and spending plenty of time along with her residence rabbits and chinchillas.

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So, tweaking an element of your app's UI becomes much more difficult than it needs to be. However, sometimes you will need to define certain aspects of your user interface programmatically, and occasionally you may even need to define the whole thing in Java. xml layout resource file, but if you're creating your layout programmatically, you need to remove this bit of code so that your Activity doesn't go looking for a layout resource file. [ 33 ] What Goes into an Effective UI? onCreate(savedInstanceState); // Create a LinearLayout object that will contain all the views in this Activity// LinearLayout linearLayout = new LinearLayout(this); //Set the LinearLayout's orientation.

This means designing your settings in such a way that each screen only ever contains a manageable number of options (usually less than 10). [ 21 ] Introducing the Android UI If you have lots of options you want to include in your app's settings, resist the temptation to display them as one long list. Instead, divide them into groups of related options. Then you can either display your settings as a single screen formatted as multiple lists of related items, or you can take a leaf out of Google+'s book and move each group of related options to its own page.

16 ] Introducing the Android UI Action buttons The action bar is also ideal for providing easy access to your app's most important actions, based on the user's current context. The actions that appear in the action bar are known as action buttons. In the following screenshot, the Google+ action bar contains two action buttons: You'll typically represent an action button with an icon and/or text. Android provides a range of ready-made action buttons that you should use wherever possible, as they ensure that the average user will be familiar with at least some of the action buttons that you use in your UI.

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