Archive for January, 2013

Text Clock – Part 2

Friday, January 25th, 2013

In the previous article we got the project set up for our Text Clock app, and added the business logic code. In this article we’ll begin creating an App Widget that the user can add to their home page.

Text Clock – Part 1

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Usually on Styling Android the focus is on individual, standalone features and techniques for Android UI / UX development. In this series we’re going to create a very simple app which will be published to Google Play. While we will certainly cover some features and techniques that we haven’t looked at before, as well as some new features in Android 4.2, we’ll also look at some of the design decisions required to get even the simplest of apps ready for market.

GridLayout – Revisited

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Back in November 2011 I posted a two part series to Styling Android which covered GridLayout which was introduced in Ice Cream Sandwich (API 14). In those articles, I have mentioned that there were hints from Google’s Dianne Hackbourn that it would be released as a compatibility library project, and it has been. However, there are some tweaks required to get it working with the code from the previous articles, so in this article we’ll look at how to convert the code from the earlier articles to use the compatibility library implementation of GridLayout.

Multiple Displays – Part 5

Friday, January 4th, 2013

In the previous article in this series we enabled the handling of connection and disconnection of external displays within our app, and also changed the theme which was applied to the Presentation that was displayed on the external display. In this concluding article in this series we’ll look at an alternate mechanism for detecting display connectivity changes, and determining the available presentation displays.