Material – Part 4

November 21st, 2014

Previously in this series we’ve looked at applying some aspects of Material design to our simple RSS app. In this article we’re going to look at replacing our ListView implementation with RecyclerView. While this won’t have any effect of the user, it will be an enabler which will allow us to apply some more material goodness which would be difficult to achieve with ListView.
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Material – Part 3

November 14th, 2014

In the previous article we applied a colour scheme to our RSS reader app using the appcompat library. In this article we’ll look at styling our text and also take a look at CardView.
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Material – Part 2

November 7th, 2014

In the previous article we got a simple app working which is a simple RSS viewer showing a list of recent Styling Android posts, and a detail view when you click on them. In this article we’ll look at applying some material design principles to the app and also try and make it backwards compatible using the appcompat library.
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Material – Part 1

October 31st, 2014

At the time of writing, the full Lollipop SDK has just been released including new versions of the support libraries which provide some backwards compatibility for implementing material design in to older apps. In this series we’ll take a look at how we can actually apply this to an app.
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Palette – Part 4

October 24th, 2014

When originally written this series concluded at the end of the previous article but, on the day that article was published, the full Lollipop SDK was released which included the full release of the Palette library. The Palette API which shipped with Lollipop changed slightly from the one which was released as part of the Android-L developer preview, so in this article we’ll look at the changes and update the code from Palette – Part 2 to work with the full released library.
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Palette – Part 3

October 17th, 2014

Previously in this series we’ve looked at how to use the new Palette library and in this concluding article in the series we’ll take a look at the types of color values which we can expect from Palette.
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Palette – Part 2

October 10th, 2014

In the previous article we began looking at the new Palette library which was introduced as part of the Android-L developer preview (but will be available in a support library with compatibility back to API 7) which enables us to extract colour information from bitmaps. We got our image loading working so we’l now turn our attention to extracting the colour information from the image
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Palette – Part 1

October 3rd, 2014

One of the many additions being introduced in Android-L is a new library for extracting key colours from bitmaps. In this short series we’ll take a look at the new Palette library.
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Match Timer – Part 6

September 26th, 2014

Previously in this series we’ve built a Wear app designed to time football matches. While we finished the coding in the last article, there is still another important thing to do if we want to distribute our app via Google Play, and that’s package it up! In this concluding article of this series we’ll look at how we do this, and also discover a pitfall on the way.
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Match Timer – Part 5

September 19th, 2014

Previously in this series we’ve looked at the timer engine, the event engine, and the mechanism for notifying the user in our app for timing football matches. In this article we’ll turn our attention to the UI and look at the Activities in the app.
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