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How to set up your Android app project to use Material Design with AppCompat

AppCompat v21.+’s Theme.AppCompat extends Theme.Base.AppCompat which extends Theme.Platform.AppCompat which extends android:Theme.Material on 21+ devices (i.e. Android 5.0 Lollipop) so you only need to extend Theme.AppCompat to use Material theme if you are using the AppCompat v21 (or above) library.

First add compile ‘com.android.support:appcompat-v7:21.0.0’ to the dependancies section of your build.gradle file.

Android Studio

Google release Android Studio based on IntelliJ for Android Development

The new Android Studio┬ábased on the Community Edition of IntelliJ was released yesterday at Google IO. This replaces the ADT Bundle based on Eclipse released last year. It bring a new set of features and tools to make it easier to develop great Android apps. This video provides a walk through of the new features: […]

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Google release new ADT Bundle based on Eclipse for Android Development

Not long ago I was talking with a iOS developer friend of mine who told me that he had looked into Android development, but the installation process was confusing. To get started on developing for Android you had to separately download and install the Android SDK, Eclipse IDE and the ADT. By comparison Xcode the […]