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AsyncAndroid: Getting Started with MotionLayout

Wow, what a weird time to be alive, huh? I’m writing this on Day 29 of the lockdown in South Africa due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m not sure I have the right words to address the current situation, nor the expertise to talk about it. However, I am good at talking about Android and […]

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android ui

Dark Mode Musings: Beware of the Context 🌗

I’ve been working on getting Dark Mode in our app fully supported and I stumbled upon an interesting finding: The Application#applicationContext does not keep information about the theme that you have set via AppCompatDelegate.setDefaultNightMode(), only a View or Activity context has this information stored.  After reading through Chris Banes’ articles and watching some great talks […]

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android ui

Android: Using Physics-based Animations in Custom Views (SpringAnimation)

Learn how to use physics-based animations in a Custom View implementation for natural looking animations in your app. You’ve used all the standard Android animation techniques, but you find that they sometimes just don’t give you that extra sparkle you are looking for. You’ve wondered how to get more natural looking animations and had no luck […]

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android kotlin ui

Android Canvas APIs with Kotlin and KTX

Learn how to use the Android KTX extension functions to clean up Canvas drawing code Have you ever wanted to write a Custom View on Android but you were too afraid to deal with X, Y translations on a Canvas object?  Well, working with them got a whole lot easier when using Kotlin and the Android […]

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android kotlin ui

Building Responsive / Resizable Android UIs for ChromeOS 📐📏

Learn how using ViewModels can help create great user experiences on ChromeOS This post originally appeared here. Supporting ChromeOS devices sounds like a large undertaking with many unknowns. If you didn’t know already, ChromeOS allows users to install Android Apps on their devices. This is great news for ChromeOS users since it unlocks a huge amount of apps […]