Android Action Bar Backward Compatibility
Monday, February 6, 2012 at 1:56PM
Don Cowan in Android, Android Tech Talk, Apps, Design, Devices, Programming, Smartphones, Software, Tablets
The Action Bar is a consistently formatted navigation and option selection area at the top of a screen with an overflow area at the bottom.
 
Key aspects of the Action Bar include:

Elements of the Action Bar graphic include:

Google has recently developed a set of classes to give the Action Bar backward compatibility for pre Android 3.0 devices.  These classes invoke the action bar design pattern on pre-API 11 devices and the built-in Action Bar on devices supporting API 11 or greater.

This is part of a larger set of capabilities for supporting application compatibility with multiple device environments including tablets and handsets and various screen sizes.

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