Android News for June 2015

Android Design Support Library The design support library makes it easy to use material design when building Android apps. The best part, it’s compatible all the way back to Android 2.1. This support library includes a better navigation drawer, collapsing navigation bars, snack bars and a number of other key components of material design. Combine […]

ActionBar with Android Support Library r18

Google recently released a new version of the Android Support Library (r18). They added a number of features. One of the biggest additions is support for the ActionBar back to 2.1 devices. In this post we’ll cover what you need to set up the new ActionBarActivity within your project. The sample code also shows how […]

Invalidate Options Menu with ActionBarActivity

Problem: The latest support library (r18) brings ActionBar support all the way back to Android 2.1 (API level 7) but the invalidateOptionsMenu function is only supported in API 11 and higher. If you want to hide an icon or change the look of the menu, your app needs to refresh the options menu. Solution: Call […]