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Android 5 Programming by Example by Kyle Mew

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Chapter 2. Building a UI

The Material Design UI paradigm has brought a whole new look and feel to the Android platform. This new approach aims to give Android apps a clean and simple appearance with intuitive controls and animations. Google talks of virtual paper and virtual ink, and this concept can be seen most clearly in the new screen component (or widget), the Card (or CardView), which unlike previous Android widgets casts a shadow and has rounded corners.

Building a UI

Even before we have placed our first CardView widget into our layout, we can start to utilize Material Design by applying and customizing one of the material themes. These themes allow us ...

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