TagAndroid Development

Exploring the Material Navigation Rail

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There was a lot of exciting news announced at Google I/O this week – one of the things I had been looking forward to was hearing about large screen experiences. While these devices and design principles have existed side-by-side for some time, it’s always felt like support for developers has never quite fully been accessible. However, with some of the announcements at I/O this week...

Modular Navigation with Jetpack Compose

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A large amount of mobile apps will need some form of Navigation, allowing users to move between different parts of an application. When implementing these requirements within Android Apps, applications have either rolled their own solutions, relied on traditional intents or the fragment manager, or explored the option of the Navigation Component over recent years. Throughout the alpha...

Exploring Android 12: Unified rich content API

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With the announcement of the first Android 12 Developer Preview announced yesterday, I started to take a dive into some of the API changes and the new things we’ll be getting our hands on. One of these things was the new unified rich content API, providing a simplified way of transferring media between applications. You may have previously used Image Keyboard Support when using or...

Exploring Jetpack Compose: @Preview annotation

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The ability to Preview Jetpack Compose composables within Android Studio is possibly one of my favorite things about this new way of building apps. Previews allow us to build, style and polish our composables without needing to run our app. The annotation offers a range of ways in which our previews can be configured, so I wanted to take a few moments to show you exactly what it can do so that we...

Exploring Jetpack Compose: Card

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The Card composable is a surface that can be used to present content and actions focused on a single topic. If you’re enjoying my posts on Jetpack Compose, check out some details on the book I’m writing on Compose! When it comes to displaying a Card, there is a single composable function that can be used to do so. @Composable fun Card( modifier: Modifier = Modifier, shape: Shape =...

Exploring Jetpack Compose: Column

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The Column Composable provides us with the functionality of displaying a collection of composables in a vertically sequenced format, where each composable is displayed simultaneously one after the other. If you’re enjoying my posts on Jetpack Compose, check out some details on the book I’m writing on Compose! When it comes to declaring a Column, there are four arguments which the...

Exploring Jetpack Compose: Padding Modifier

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When it comes to the composition of composables, we may want to apply additional spacing to a composables size constraints. For this we can utilise Padding – padding adds this additional space to the specified sides of the composable, essentially making it larger in size. This area of padding cannot be consumed by the content inside of the composable, instead it merely acts as additional...

Exploring the Google Play In-App Review API

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When it comes to the Google Play store, app ratings and reviews are a pretty important marketing tool – they can have a huge influence on whether someone downloads our app, so ensuring that we do not miss out on good reviews is important. However, I’ve felt like there has always been a lot of friction in the review process – many apps seem to approach it differently, all of...

Exploring Jetpack Compose: Radio Button

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If you’re enjoying my posts on Jetpack Compose, check out some details on the book I’ll be writing on Compose!

Important: The contents of this article have been deprecated with newer releases for Jetpack Compose. If you’re looking to learn about the Radio Button composable, please see the guides here.

Exploring jetpack Compose: Switch

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If you’re enjoying my posts on Jetpack Compose, check out some details on the book I’ll be writing on Compose!

Important: The contents of this article have been deprecated with newer releases for Jetpack Compose. If you’re looking to learn about the Switch composable, please see the guides here.