The material theme

Since API level 21 (Android 5.0), the material theme has been the built-in user interface. It can be utilized and customized, simplifying the building of material interfaces. However, it is more than just a new look; the material theme also provides the automatic touch feedback and transition animations that we associate with Material Design.

To better understand Android themes and how to apply them, we need to understand how Android styles work, and a little about how screen components, such as buttons and text boxes, are defined.


Most individual screen components are referred to as widgets or views. Views that contain other views are called view groups, and they generally take the form of a layout, such as the relative layout ...

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