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Bust the Android Fragmentation Myth

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Designers and developers have been afraid of the variety of Android flavors for way too long. Android borrows a lot of concept from the web, and we can use the same techniques to cater to the different OS versions and form factors.

Be responsive. Forget about absolute coordinates. Embrace the relative, use resource folders to differentiate among screen sizes, much like CSS media queries.

Be progressive. Take advantage of the latest Android functionalities, but gracefully fall back to the basics when you are on older OS versions. Remember the days when not all browsers have javascript?

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Bust the Android Fragmentation Myth

  1. 1. Bust the Android Fragmentation Myth Chiu-Ki Chan @chiuki
  2. 2. So many devices! @chiuki
  3. 3. Infinite screen sizes! @chiuki
  4. 4. Responsive + Progressive @chiuki
  5. 5. Hello World
  6. 6. @chiuki
  7. 7. @chiuki
  8. 8. @chiuki
  9. 9. @chiuki
  10. 10. @chiuki
  11. 11. @chiuki
  12. 12. @chiuki
  13. 13. Declarative Layout
  14. 14. @chiuki
  15. 15. @chiuki
  16. 16. (x,y) @chiuki
  17. 17. (x,y) @chiuki
  18. 18. Center @chiuki
  19. 19. Center <Button android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_gravity="center" android:text="@string/start" /> @chiuki
  20. 20. @chiuki
  21. 21. Proportional Layout <LinearLayout android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:orientation="vertical" > <ImageView android:id="@+id/image1" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="0dp" android:layout_weight="1" /> <ImageView android:id="@+id/image2" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="0dp" android:layout_weight="1" /> </LinearLayout> @chiuki
  22. 22. @chiuki
  23. 23. Divider @chiuki
  24. 24. Divider <LinearLayout> <ImageView android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="0dp" android:layout_weight="1" /> <View android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="1dp" android:background="@android:color/black" /> <ImageView android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="0dp" android:layout_weight="1" /> </LinearLayout> @chiuki
  25. 25. Divider <LinearLayout> <ImageView android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="0dp" android:layout_weight="1" /> <View android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="1dp" android:background="@android:color/black" /> <ImageView android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="0dp" android:layout_weight="1" /> </LinearLayout> @chiuki
  26. 26. dp @chiuki
  27. 27. dp Density-independent pixel @chiuki
  28. 28. @chiuki
  29. 29. @chiuki
  30. 30. res/layout-land <LinearLayout android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:orientation="horizontal" > <ImageView android:id="@+id/image1" android:layout_width="0dp" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:layout_weight="1" /> <ImageView android:id="@+id/image2" android:layout_width="0dp" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:layout_weight="1" /> </LinearLayout> @chiuki
  31. 31. @chiuki
  32. 32. Resource Folders
  33. 33. Resource Folders http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/resources/providing-resources.html Type Variation Language & Region: en, fr, fr-rCA layout Screen size: small, large, xlarge values Screen orientation: port, land drawable Screen density: ldpi, mdpi, hdpi, xhdpi, nodpi, tvdpi menu Platform version: v4, v11, v14 UI mode: car, desk, television, appliance @chiuki
  34. 34. Resource Folders http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/resources/providing-resources.html Type Variation Language & Region: en, fr, fr-rCA layout Screen size: small, large, xlarge values Screen orientation: port, land drawable Screen density: ldpi, mdpi, hdpi, xhdpi, nodpi, tvdpi menu Platform version: v4, v11, v14 UI mode: car, desk, television, appliance res/layout-land/activity_main.xml @chiuki
  35. 35. Resource Folders http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/resources/providing-resources.html Type Variation Language & Region: en, fr, fr-rCA layout Screen size: small, large, xlarge values Screen orientation: port, land drawable Screen density: ldpi, mdpi, hdpi, xhdpi, nodpi, tvdpi menu Platform version: v4, v11, v14 UI mode: car, desk, television, appliance res/drawable-hdpi/ic_launcher.png @chiuki
  36. 36. Resource Folders http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/resources/providing-resources.html Type Variation Language & Region: en, fr, fr-rCA layout Screen size: small, large, xlarge values Screen orientation: port, land drawable Screen density: ldpi, mdpi, hdpi, xhdpi, nodpi, tvdpi menu Platform version: v4, v11, v14 UI mode: car, desk, television, appliance res/drawable-large-land/splash.png @chiuki
  37. 37. res/drawable-large-land/splash.png @chiuki
  38. 38. res/drawable/splash.xml @chiuki
  39. 39. res/drawable/splash.xml @chiuki
  40. 40. XML drawable
  41. 41. XML shape <shape android:shape="rectangle" > <gradient android:startColor="#063" android:endColor="#030" android:angle="270" /> </shape> @chiuki
  42. 42. Gradient @chiuki
  43. 43. Gradient @chiuki
  44. 44. Pattern @chiuki
  45. 45. Tiles @chiuki
  46. 46. Tiles @chiuki
  47. 47. Tiling background <bitmap android:src="@drawable/tile" android:tileMode="repeat" android:dither="true" /> res/drawable/background.xml @chiuki
  48. 48. Tiling background <bitmap android:src="@drawable/tile" android:tileMode="repeat" android:dither="true" /> res/drawable/background.xml @chiuki tile.png
  49. 49. Tiling background <bitmap android:src="@drawable/tile" android:tileMode="repeat" android:dither="true" /> res/drawable/background.xml <View android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:background="@drawable/background" /> res/layout/activity_main.xml @chiuki
  50. 50. Tile mode clamp Replicates the edge color repeat Repeats the bitmap in both direction mirror Repeats with alternating mirror images @chiuki
  51. 51. GridView @chiuki
  52. 52. Auto fit columns <GridView android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:numColumns="auto_fit" android:columnWidth="@dimen/workbook_column_width" android:padding="@dimen/workbook_padding" android:horizontalSpacing="@dimen/workbook_spacing" android:verticalSpacing="@dimen/workbook_spacing" android:scrollbarStyle="outsideOverlay" /> @chiuki
  53. 53. Auto fit columns <GridView android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:numColumns="auto_fit" android:columnWidth="@dimen/workbook_column_width" android:padding="@dimen/workbook_padding" android:horizontalSpacing="@dimen/workbook_spacing" android:verticalSpacing="@dimen/workbook_spacing" android:scrollbarStyle="outsideOverlay" /> @chiuki
  54. 54. Auto fit columns <GridView android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:numColumns="auto_fit" android:columnWidth="@dimen/workbook_column_width" android:padding="@dimen/workbook_padding" android:horizontalSpacing="@dimen/workbook_spacing" android:verticalSpacing="@dimen/workbook_spacing" android:scrollbarStyle="outsideOverlay" /> @chiuki
  55. 55. dimen <resources> <dimen name="workbook_padding">8dp</dimen> <dimen name="workbook_spacing">12dp</dimen> <dimen name="workbook_column_width">120dp</dimen> <resources> res/values/dimens.xml <resources> <dimen name="workbook_padding">32dp</dimen> <dimen name="workbook_spacing">18dp</dimen> <dimen name="workbook_column_width">180dp</dimen> <resources> res/values-large/dimens.xml @chiuki
  56. 56. 7-inch @chiuki
  57. 57. Phone @chiuki
  58. 58. Progressive
  59. 59. Resource Folders http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/resources/providing-resources.html Type Variation Language & Region: en, fr, fr-rCA layout Screen size: small, large, xlarge values Screen orientation: port, land drawable Screen density: ldpi, mdpi, hdpi, xhdpi, nodpi, tvdpi menu Platform version: v4, v11, v14 UI mode: car, desk, television, appliance @chiuki
  60. 60. Resource Folders http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/resources/providing-resources.html Type Variation Language & Region: en, fr, fr-rCA layout Screen size: small, large, xlarge values Screen orientation: port, land drawable Screen density: ldpi, mdpi, hdpi, xhdpi, nodpi, tvdpi menu Platform version: v4, v11, v14 UI mode: car, desk, television, appliance @chiuki
  61. 61. Toggle button @chiuki
  62. 62. layout-v14 <ToggleButton android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" /> res/layout/compound_button.xml <Switch android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" /> res/layout-v14/compound_button.xml @chiuki
  63. 63. Include <LinearLayout android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:orientation="horizontal" > <include android:id="@+id/turbo" layout="@layout/compound_button" /> <include android:id="@+id/reset" layout="@layout/compound_button" /> </LinearLayout> @chiuki
  64. 64. Cast to superclass CompoundButton turbo = (CompoundButton) findViewById(R.id.turbo); if (!turbo.isChecked()) { // Slow down the computer } @chiuki
  65. 65. API level @chiuki
  66. 66. Detect API level android.os.Build.VERSION.SDK String, available from API level 1 android.os.Build.VERSION.SDK_INT int, available from API level 4 @chiuki
  67. 67. Progressive // Default value int heapSize = 16; // Detect OS version int sdk = Integer.parseInt(Build.VERSION.SDK); // Progressive enhancement for newer devices if (sdk >= Build.VERSION_CODES_ECLAIR) { // Static helper for API level 4 and below heapSize = HeapSizeGetter.getHeapSize(this); } @chiuki
  68. 68. Static helper public abstract class HeapSizeGetter { public static int getHeapSize(Context context) { ActivityManager activityManager = (ActivityManager) context.getSystemService(Context.ACTIVITY_SERVICE); return activityManager.getMemoryClass(); } } @chiuki
  69. 69. Progressive // Default value int heapSize = 16; // Detect OS version int sdk = Integer.parseInt(Build.VERSION.SDK); // Progressive enhancement for newer devices if (sdk >= Build.VERSION_CODES_ECLAIR) { // Static helper for API level 4 and below heapSize = HeapSizeGetter.getHeapSize(this); } @chiuki
  70. 70. Support libraries Ship new functionality with your app! @chiuki
  71. 71. Official Support Library Fragment ViewPager SlidingPaneLayout DrawerLayout Loader LruCache TaskStackBuilder @chiuki
  72. 72. Community Support Libraries • • • • Action Bar Sherlock View Pager Indicator Nine Old Android Holo Everywhere @chiuki
  73. 73. View Pager Indicator @chiuki
  74. 74. Summary
  75. 75. Summary Responsive layout Declarative layout Density-independent pixels (dp) Resource folders XML drawables Progressive functionality Resource folders Version check Support libraries @chiuki
  76. 76. Thank you! Learn more http://pluralsight.com/courses/android-layout-fundamentals http://is.gd/FluidAndroidLayouts http://is.gd/BeautifulAndroid Stay in touch http://eepurl.com/lR5uD http://blog.sqisland.com http://twitter.com/chiuki @chiuki

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