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Pro Android UI

By Wallace Jackson

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Using a top down approach, Pro Android UI shows you how to
design and develop the best user interface for your app, while taking into
account the varying device form factors in the increasingly fragmented Android
environment. Pro Android UI aims to be the ultimate reference and customization
cookbook for your Android UI Design, and as such will be useful to experienced
developers as well as beginners.


Full Description

  • ISBN13: 978-1-4302-4986-3
  • 580 Pages
  • User Level: Intermediate
  • Publication Date: February 16, 2014
  • Available eBook Formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDF
  • Print Book Price: $44.99
  • eBook Price: $31.99
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Full Description

If you’re an Android application developer, chances are you’re using fixed, scrolling, swipe-able, and other cutting-edge custom UI Designs in your Android development projects. These UI Design approaches as well as other Android ViewGroup UI layout containers are the bread and butter of Pro Android User Interface (UI) design and Android User Experience (UX) design and development.

Using a top down approach, Pro Android UI shows you how to design and develop the best user interface for your app, while taking into account the varying device form factors in the increasingly fragmented Android environment. Pro Android UI aims to be the ultimate reference and customization cookbook for your Android UI Design, and as such will be useful to experienced developers as well as beginners.

With Android’s powerful UI layout classes, you can easily create everything from the simplest of lists to fully tricked-out user interfaces. While using these UI classes for boring, standard user interfaces can be quite simple, customizing a unique UI design can often become extremely challenging.


What you’ll learn

  • How to design and develop a sleek looking and highly functional user interface (UI) design and experience (UX) design using Android APIs
  • What Android layout containers are, and how to best leverage them
  • How to design user-friendly UI layouts that conform to Android UI guidelines
  • What, when, why and how to use fundamental Android UI layout containers (ViewGroup subclasses) and Android UI widgets (View subclasses)
  • How to use new media assets such as images, video, and animation in a UI
  • How to create UI Fragments for UI design for specific ActionBar or Activity classes that you wish to create for UI designs within your applications
  • Scaling UI Design for the various Android smartphone and tablet form factors

Who this book is for

This book is for experienced Android app developers.  It can also be for app developers and UI designers working on other platforms like iOS and BlackBerry who might also be interested in Android.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction to the Core Classes for Android UI Design: Development Tools, Layout Containers and Widgets
1. Android UI Design Tools: Setting Up Your Android Development System
2. Android UI Layouts: Layout Containers and the ViewGroup Class
3. Android UI Widgets: User Interface Widgets and the View Class
Part II. Introduction to Android Menu Class for UI Design: OptionsMenu, ContextMenu, PopupMenu and ActionBar
4. Android UI Options Menus: OptionsMenu Class and an Introduction to the Android ActionBar
5. Android UI Local Menus: The ContextMenu Class and PopupMenu Class
6. Android UI Action Bar: Advanced ActionBar Design & ActionBar Class
Part III. Android UI: Layout Considerations, Concepts & UI Containers: LinearLayout, RelativeLayout, FrameLayout
7. Android UI Design Considerations: Styles, Screen Density Targets and New Media Formats
8. Android UI Design Concepts: Wire-framing & UI Layout Design Patterns
9. Android UI Layout Conventions, Differences and Approaches
10. Android UI Theme Design & Digital Media Concepts
Part IV. Basic Android UI Design: Basic Layout Containers: FrameLayout, LinearLayout,
RelativeLayout, GridLayout
11. Android’s FrameLayout Class: Using Digital Video in your UI Design
12. Android’s LinearLayout Class: Horizontal and Vertical UI Design
13. Android’s RelativeLayout Class: Complex UI Design Via a Single Layout Container
14. Android’s GridLayout Class: Optimized UI Design using a Grid-based Layout
Part V. Advanced Android UI Design: Advanced Layout Containers: DrawerLayout, SlidingPane, ViewPager, Strips
15. Android DrawerLayout Class: Using Left and Right Side UI Drawer Design
16. Android SlidingPaneLayout Class: Optimized UI Design using a Grid-based Layout Container
17. Android ViewPager Class: Using View Paging to Navigate Complex View Hierarchies
18. Android PagerTabStrip and PagerTitleStrip Classes: Design Navigation UI Elements for the ViewPager Layout
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