Chapter 17

Supporting Older Versions of Android

In This Chapter

arrow Learning about AppCompat

arrow Using the backward‐compatibility theme

arrow Using the backward‐compatibility toolbar

arrow Understanding resource directories for different Android versions

arrow Working with right‐to‐left languages on older devices

arrow Working around newer APIs on older devices

arrow Using Android lint

It’s always nice to be able to write apps for the latest and greatest version of Android. You can reduce the complexity of your app by targeting a single version. It also makes testing your app much easier because there are fewer devices you need to test every new feature on.

Unfortunately, most of us (maybe not Uncle Jimmy) live in the real world. In the real world, not everyone who wants to use your app is necessarily using the latest ...

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