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Android UI Design by Jessica Thornsby

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Supporting different screens

Android devices come in many different shapes and sizes. Your task, as a developer, is to create a UI that looks just as good on the small space available to a budget-friendly smartphone, as it does on the large space available to a top-of-the-line Android tablet and everything in between.

So let's break it down. Android categorizes screens in two ways:

  • Screen sizes: Traditionally, Android supported four generalized screen sizes: smallnormallarge, and xlarge. However, Android 3.2 (API level 13) introduced some new configuration qualifiers that allow you to be more specific about screen sizes.
  • Screen densities: A device's screen density is a combination of its resolution and display size, and is measured in dots per ...

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