Navigation in mobile devices is an important consideration. If a user isn't able to navigate an app, he might quickly abandon it. Learn the navigation principles of Android to keep this from happening to you.
Mobile applications have a number of screens (Activities and Fragments) associated with them. Navigating through these is an important mechanism. There are a number of ways to provide standardized navigation in Android. This article will look at three mechanisms to provide navigation:
- Menus: Menus provide a common UI component for an application. The Menu APIs are used to present actions, as well as other options within an application.
- Navigation Drawer: The navigation drawer is a panel shown from the side of the display; it provides the user with the application's main navigation.
- Action Bar: The action bar provides a familiar navigation mechanism to the user across the top of the screen via an app icon, action items and action overflow.
Many thanks to Tomasz Cielecki