The Nexus 7 2013 has been discontinued on the Google Store! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is the announcement of Xposed 3.0 Alpha 3 and be sure to check out the article talking about the 3D printable microscope for mobile devices. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA...
Using Action Bar on Apps Built for Older Versions of Android
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 to implement the Action Bar on devices running older OS versions. The guide consists of 11 easy-to-follow steps, complete with screenshots to help make the process as painless as possible. So what’s the magic behind the wizardry? Well, that comes from a library by Jake Wharton called ActionBarSherlock.
Want to get in on the Action Bar action? If so, head over to the guide thread and get some learning in! If you wish to learn more about the Action Bar itself, including appropriate uses, visit its Android Developers page.
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