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Designing Tab and Menu Icons for Android Apps

When developing mobile apps or designing graphics for mobile apps, one must conform to srict guidelines. Using graphics made for different systems, especially desktop-based, is generally not a good idea. Foreign images will look weird at best, or will make your Android apps hardly recognizable at worst.

Producing Standard Tab and Menu Icons for Android Apps Description: When designing Android apps or drawing graphics for mobile apps, one must follow srict guidelines. Using icons made for different systems, especially desktop-based, is not a good idea. Foreign graphics will look out of place at best, or will make your Android apps appear hardly recognizable at worst. Body: There exist strict guidelines published in reference to Android icons. Different design guidelines are available for tab icons and menu icons.

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Tab icons are drawn in individual tabs in tabbed interface. Tab icons must be supplied in two distinct states: selected and unselected. It is required that tab icons are created as simple, flat shapes as opposed to images drawn in 3D or isometric projection.

Android OS and Android apps are used on a multitude of different platforms employing a wide range of hardware. In connection to icon graphics, those devices can have different display sizes, screen resolutions, pixel density and dimensions. To accommodate the wide range of screens, Android developers must provide all tab icons used in their apps in at least three resolutions to be drawn on low, medium, and high density screens. Pixel-wise, the outer boundaries for the three resolutions are defined as 24x24, 32x32, and 48x48 pixels. Inner dimensions should not exceed 22x22, 28x28, and 42x42 pixels respectively. By supplying all three standard resolutions, developers can ensure that their apps will display properly on a variety of platforms running the Android OS.

Menu icons are used in the "options" menu, and are shown to the user when they press the Menu button. Similar to tab icons, menu icons should be flat, greyscale images. Like tab icons, developers should not use 3D or isometric projections.

Pixel resolutions for menu icons are described in a slightly more complex way compared to tab icons. Instead of just two sizes defined for tab graphics (inner shape and boundary box), the inner shape of menu icons can be smaller or bigger depending on whether they are square-shaped or not. If a menu icon is square-shaped, its dimensions should be smaller than for icons with different shapes. The reason for specifying two different sizes is to establish a consistent visual size across the two icon types.

The outer dimensions for low, medium, and high resolution icons are described as 36x36, 48x48, and 72x72 pixels respectively. Inner shapes for square, low-definition icons is 22x22 pixels, while non-square icons should fit into a boundary box sized 24x24 pixels. Similarly, medium-definition icons should fit 30x30 and 32x32 pixel boxes, while high-definition images should fit into 44x44 and 48x48 pixel rectangles respectively.

Instead of designing your own images matching these guidelines, Android developers have an option of obtaining stock icons from professional designers. As an example, Android Tab Icons by Aha-Soft offer 112 unique tab graphics in both states and all three standard resolutions. Should additional resolutions be required, developers can produce icons at any size by opening scalable vector sources. Android Tab Icons can be previewed and downloaded at http://www.aha-soft.com/stock-icons/android-tab-icons.htm.



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