When designing for Android devices, you have to think about the multitude of screen sizes and resolutions that users will be viewing your content. So…what are the main factors you should keep in mind before you even attempt to get the ball rolling?
Make sure that your screen layouts will work on multiple screens by designing for a large tablet for instance and a small phone. If you can get your designs to work on both, everything in between will stand a better chance of having a fluid, efficient experience for the user.
Make sure to create multiple versions of your assets that will work on different screen densities (DPI). This, although time consuming, is essential not only for the look and feel of your application, but will also increase it’s performance on multiple devices. This will keep your users happy as your app wont be eating into their precious data allowance and the app will perform to its optimum.Size and Density
- A handset is usually under 600dp and a tablet is over 600dp.
- The density of specific device screens are catagorised as such:
- LDPI, (Low Density 120dpi)
- MDPI, (Medium Density 160dpi)
- HDPI, (High Density 240dpi)
- XHDPI, (High Density 320dpi)
- XXHDPI, (High Density 480dpi)
- XXXHDPI. (High Density 620dpi)