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Material Design for Developers

Dependencies and Prerequisites

  • Android 5.0 (API level 21)

Material design is a comprehensive guide for visual, motion, and interaction design across platforms and devices. To use material design in your Android apps, follow the guidelines described in the material design specification and use the new components and functionality available in Android 5.0 (API level 21).

You can also use the Design Support library to integrate additional material design components and patterns into your applications to complement the components available in the Android framework. The Design Support library is compatible with Android 2.3 (API level 9) and above.

This class shows you how to create material design apps with the following elements:

This class also teaches you how to maintain compatibility with versions of Android earlier than 5.0 (API level 21) when you use material design features in your app.


Getting Started
Learn how to update your app with material design features.
Using the Material Theme
Learn how to apply material design styles to your app.
Creating Lists and Cards
Learn how to create lists and cards with a consistent look and feel using system widgets.
Defining Shadows and Clipping Views
Learn how to set elevation for your views to create custom shadows and how to clip views.
Working with Drawables
Learn how to create vector drawables and how to tint drawable resources.
Defining Custom Animations
Learn how to create custom animations for views and activity transitions with shared elements.
Maintaining Compatibility
Learn how to maintain compatibility with platform versions earlier than Android 5.0.
Selecting Colors with the Palette API
Learn how to select colors for your app using the v7 Palette library.
Using the Design Support library
Learn how to create components from the Design Support library including the navigation drawer.

Video Training

If you prefer to learn through interactive video training, check out this online course about material design for Android developers.

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