Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Android Developers Backstage: Episode 13: Support Library

In this superstitiously numbered episode 13, Tor and Chet talk with Adam Powell of the UI Toolkit team about the Android support library, AppCompat, ListView, RecyclerView, and all sorts of other toolkit-related niceties.

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  1. Sadly, the support library still lacks something that ActionBarSherlock still has: PreferenceActivity and/or PreferenceFragment, that allow you to have an action bar on such screens.
    There might be other things that the support library lacks that I don't know of.

  2. There's really not enough information on support lib vs framework, for example which one should be used in new apps that only support 4.x and above, etc. What is the risk of sticking with the support lib, what's the risk of using the framework?