14Advanced Customization of Your User Interface


Material design serves as the basis for the structure, UI, and the interaction patterns that make for a great user experience (UX) on Android, but it’s only a base to build upon.

In this chapter you learn to think beyond basic necessities and create applications that combine purpose with beauty and simplicity, even (or especially) when they’re providing complex functionality.

You also discover how to ensure your app offers a great user experience to all users, including those users who take advantage of accessibility services when using their devices.

Next, you are introduced to the text-to-speech, speech recognition, and vibration APIs, in order to expand the range of interactions available to users.

To further immerse the user within your app, you then learn to control the visibility of the system UI including the status bar and navigation bar on the top and bottom of the screen, respectively. ...

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