Android User Interface Design: Turning Ideas and Sketches by Ian G. Clifton

By Ian G. Clifton

Build Android Apps which are Stunningly beautiful, sensible, and Intuitive

In today’s crowded Android industry, it’s extra vital than ever to tell apart your apps. nice layout is the right way to do this. Now, top Android app layout professional Ian G. Clifton indicates you ways to make your apps come alive and the way to carry apps that clients will wish, love, and buy!

Reflecting the Android 4.2 SDK, this publication serves either as an instructional for the total layout and implementation method and as a convenient reference you’ll depend on for each Android improvement undertaking.

Clifton exhibits easy methods to create potent designs, get them organized into Android parts, and flow gracefully from proposal, to wireframe, to comp, to comprehensive app. You’ll how you can deliver your individual voice, character, and elegance on your app designs; find out how to leverage complex drawing strategies akin to PorterDuff compositing; tips to attempt designs on assorted Android units; and lots more and plenty more.

Android consumer Interface layout details every one step of the layout and improvement technique and includes broad downloadable pattern code, together with entire entire apps.

  • Learn how Android has advanced to aid amazing app design
  • Integrate app layout with improvement, from notion via deployment
  • Understand perspectives, the development blocks of Android consumer interfaces
  • Make the main of wireframes and prototypes
  • Build effective layouts and combine gentle animations
  • Make apps extra precious via instantly updating ListViews
  • Combine perspectives into customized elements
  • Use snapshot compositing and different complicated techniques
  • Work with the canvas and complicated drawing
  • Leverage Google Play and Amazon Appstore assets

One step at a time, this consultant is helping you bridge the space among Android builders and architects so that you can paintings with colleagues to create world-class app designs...or do it your self!

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6 Notice how the Gallery app includes sharing within its own UI. Just because you use a sharing Intent does not mean you give up control of the appearance. The time you spend implementing sharing for third-party services in your own app is just time that could be spent elsewhere. Why would you spend a week developing some tolerable sharing tools when you can pass that work off to the user’s favorite apps? You can bet that regardless of whichever Twitter client the user is going to share with, the developer of that app spent more time on it than you can afford to for a single feature.

Notable Changes Although Android’s standardization of design is a relatively recent process, some design patterns came about previously. It is particularly important to call out two of these that are now considered outdated: the menu key and the context menu. x, devices were expected to have a menu key. Unfortunately, this actually led to several problems. For one, the user had no way of knowing if the menu key did anything in a given app. He or she had to press it to see what happened. The menu key was also meant to be contextual to the current screen contents (it was essentially the precursor to the action bar and the overflow menu), but many developers and designers used the menu key in inconsistent ways, even abusing it as a full navigational menu.

Fortunately, all you have to know now is that you should not use the menu key. Your apps should target the newest version of Android so that a software menu key does not appear. Long Press The long press gesture was used to bring up a context menu, similar to right-clicking on a desktop application. This use of the long press has gone away and should instead be replaced with selection. Long pressing on a given item should select it and then enable a contextual action bar. Selecting one or more items might give you the options to delete, archive, or flag them.

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