By Jessica Thornsby
- Take an preliminary notion for an Android app and boost it right into a certain plan, supported via sketches and wireframes
- Provide a greater adventure to your clients by way of following top practices and the hot fabric layout principles
- Work extra successfully and store time by way of checking out your rules at an early level by means of development a prototype
Great layout is without doubt one of the key drivers within the adoption of latest purposes, but regrettably layout issues are usually ignored within the face of "will it work," "can we make it quicker," or "can we get extra humans utilizing it"?
This ebook seeks to redress this stability via exhibiting you the way to get your PM to begin treating the layout part of your venture heavily. This e-book is targeted totally at the improvement of UI beneficial properties, and you will be in a position to virtually enforcing the layout practices that we extol through the book.
Starting by means of in short outlining a number of the elements you want to have in mind whilst construction a UI, you will research the suggestions of Android person Interface from scratch. We then flow directly to formulate a plan on how you can enforce those thoughts in quite a few purposes. we'll deep dive into how UI positive factors are applied in real-world purposes the place UIs are advanced and dynamic.
This e-book bargains close to entire assurance of UI-specific content material together with, perspectives, fragments, the wireframing method, and the way so as to add in splash screens-everything you want to make specialist ordinary UIs for contemporary purposes. it is going to then disguise fabric layout and allow you to enforce Google's layout aesthetic in a pragmatic demeanour. ultimately, it guarantees the absolute best person event through interpreting the UI utilizing numerous instruments, after which addressing any difficulties they uncover.
By the top of the e-book, you may leverage the strategies of Android person Interface on your functions which will allure new customers.
What you'll learn
- Develop a person interface that clings to the entire middle fabric layout principles
- Transform your preliminary app proposal right into a concrete and special plan
- Add perspectives, ViewGroups, layouts, and customary UI elements for your personal Android projects
- Use fragments and numerous innovations to assemble consumer input
- Create a brand new Android Studio undertaking and boost it right into a prototype
- Identify and resolve issues of your app's UI to convey a greater consumer experience
About the Author
Jessica Thornsby studied poetry, prose, and script writing at Bolton college sooner than learning the realm of open resource and technical writing, and hasn't ever appeared again considering. this present day, she is a technical author and full-time Android fanatic living in sunny Sheffield, England.
She enjoys writing approximately rooting and flashing cellular units, Java, Eclipse, and all issues Android and Google. while now not wordsmithing approximately expertise and obsessing concerning the most up-to-date Android advancements, she retains a web publication approximately her neighborhood meals scene, and writes approximately taking care of unique pets. at the infrequent events that she's dragged clear of her computing device, she enjoys beer gardens, curry homes, the good British beach, frightening videos, and spending plenty of time along with her condo rabbits and chinchillas.
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Extra info for Android UI Design
All the following attributes should reference the ID of the element you're using as your reference point (we'll look at IDs in more detail shortly, but essentially a view's ID is the value of its android:id element in your layout resource file, for example, the ID of android:id ="@+id/viewName" is viewName): android:layout_above: This places a view above the specified element; for example, android:layout_above="@+id/subheadingTextBox" will place the UI element above subheadingTextBox android:layout_below: This places a view below the specified element android:layout_toLeftOf: This places a view to the left of the specified element android:layout_toRightOf: This places a view to the right of the specified element android:layout_toStartOf: This aligns the end edge of a view with the start of the specified element android:layout_toEndOf: This aligns the start edge of a view with the end edge of the specified element [ 41 ] What Goes into an Effective UI?
Android provides a range of ready-made action buttons that you should use wherever possible, as they ensure that the average user will be familiar with at least some of the action buttons that you use in your UI. [ 17 ] Introducing the Android UI The action overflow Depending on the app and the available screen space, it's possible that all your action buttons won't always fit into the action bar. If this is the case, the Android system will automatically move some of these action buttons into the action overflow, which is the dotted icon that appears in the upper-right corner throughout the Google+ app: How many action buttons wind up hidden in the action overflow depends on the user's screen.
Navigational controls can either be straightforward, such as the standard Back button, or they can be more complicated, such as view-switching controls. The main Google+ action bar contains a navigational control that gives users the ability to switch between their Google+ accounts, which is handy for anyone who has multiple accounts, such as a work Google+ account and a personal account. [ 16 ] Introducing the Android UI Action buttons The action bar is also ideal for providing easy access to your app's most important actions, based on the user's current context.