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Kunal Patel
Kunal Patel
1,448 Points

Android: Different Layouts for Different Devices

Anyone know of a lesson on how to create layouts for medium phone vs. tablet displays? How to create the layout, folder naming conventions, and how Android resolves this?

I thought one exists, but I cannot seem to find it.

1 Answer

The information provided by Google is invaluable. Tons of information is available.

Definitely read through: http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/resources/providing-resources.html

and: http://developer.android.com/guide/practices/screens_support.html

As a quick little tutorial: Try putting a completely different .xml layout into res/layout-sw600dp/ and run your application on different screen sizes.

Also, I recommend watching the Android Developers channel on youtube. This video may also help get the point across: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wON8StzwOLk

Also, don't think of it as creating "different layouts for different devices". It should be more of a "different layout for varying dpi and screen size."

Kunal Patel
Kunal Patel
1,448 Points

I just saw the youtube video, ironically they glossed over the m2Pane boolean. Any idea on how they determine this?

If you simply want to create a different layout, I would first read into how to provide resources for specific qualifiers. If you are interested in fragments (again, probably not the answer you want to hear), I recommend reading through the other documentation found here: http://developer.android.com/guide/components/fragments.html

Although using different layout qualifiers and using fragments should be a fairly easy lesson this is definitely not something you can teach through a discussion. This is really a fundamental part of how you go about developing/architecting your application, and shouldn't be taken lightly. Maybe the video wasn't the best example, but it was simply to show you how you can create a layout folder for different qualifier. Hope that helps!

EDIT: Just to make sure I answered your original questions.

How to create the layout, folder naming conventions, and how Android resolves this?

  • create the layout: This is taught in the Treehouse Android videos.
  • folder naming conventions: check out: Qualifier Rules
Kunal Patel
Kunal Patel
1,448 Points

Thank you...I've done some reading on Fragments. Ultimately I will need to figure out how to modularize my app.