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Professional Android, 4th Edition by Ian Lake, Reto Meier

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13Implementing a Modern Android User Experience

THE MODERN ANDROID UI

To help you create a user interface (UI) that’s stylish, easy to use, and that offers a user experience consistent with the underlying platform and other applications, this chapter demonstrates techniques to expand the user experience beyond layouts and UI components.

This starts with an exploration of the AppCompat API, provided as part of the Android Support Library, which makes it possible to create a consistent, modern look for your app across all Android API levels using themes.

The app bar, introduced in Chapter 5, is an important component of your application. In this chapter you learn how to customize it further through the addition of Menus and actions. You also learn to utilize Toolbars to replace the app bar within your own layouts, and to take advantage of the functionality it ...

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