POSTS TAGGED: Action Bar

Using Action Bar on Apps Built for Older Versions of Android

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When Google released Honeycomb several years ago, much changed in the Android UI world. One of the key emergences was the Action Bar, which has now seen widespread adoption thanks to the spread of devices running 3.0 or later.

The Action Bar, as its name implies, helps modernize the interface dramatically by identifying the application and where the user is within the app, as well as giving the user navigation options when necessary. Unfortunately, however, those running versions of Android older than 3.0 are not able to make use of this UI feature and are otherwise left in the cold.

Thankfully, this is where XDA Recognized Contributor¬†QuantumFoam¬†comes in. He has written a guide that shows developers how . . . READ ON »

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Doing More with the ActionBar

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I love the look and functionality of the ActionBar. I find my thumb has more dexterity at the top of the screen than it does at the bottom when I’m holding my phone with one hand. And so I’m happy to see that the interface is evolving while retaining that valued real estate. Play Music is one app that show off that evolution. The app allows you to see the background at the top of the page, but then fades the ActionBar background color in as you scroll down the page, becoming opaque after you’ve scrolled past the Artist artwork. This image shows that. No, I don’t have any artist artwork, but you can see that the Action bar is clear to start, then becomes orange as I scroll down. It’s a pretty ne. . . READ ON »

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