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Android™ User Interface Design: Turning Ideas and Sketches into Beautifully Designed Apps by Ian G. Clifton

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Chapter 1. Android UI Overview

It is a good idea to have an overview of the UI as it pertains to Android, so that’s the starting point here. You will learn a brief history of Android design before diving into some core design principles. You will also learn some of the high-level components of Android design and some of the changes that have come about to Android design as the world’s most popular mobile operating system has evolved.

A Brief History of Android Design

Android had a very technical start with a lot of amazing work going on to make it a platform that could run on a variety of devices without most apps having to care too much about the details. That base allowed Android to handle many types of hardware input (trackballs, hardware ...

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