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Designing Tab and Menu Icons for Android Apps

When designing Android apps or designing graphics for mobile apps, it is essential to follow certain guidelines. Using images made for other operating systems, especially desktop-based, is generally not a good idea. Foreign icons will look weird at best, or will render your Android apps appear hardly recognizable at worst.

Making Tab and Menu Icons for Android Description: When designing Android apps or designing graphics for Android apps, it is essential to follow certain guidelines. Re-using images made for different operating systems, especially desktop-based, is not a good idea. Foreign graphics will look weird at best, or will render your Android apps appear hardly recognizable at worst. Body: There exist precise guidelines published in reference to Android icons. Different design guidelines are available for tab icons and menu graphics.

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Tab icons are drawn in individual tabs in tabbed UI. Tab icons should be supplied in two different states: selected and unselected. It is required that tab icons are designed as simple, flat shapes as opposed to graphics shown 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 reference to icon images, those devices can have different screen sizes, screen resolutions, pixel dimensions and density. To accommodate the wide range of screens, Android developers should provide all tab icons used in their apps in at least three resolutions to be shown on low, medium, and high density displays. 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 sizes, developers can ensure that their apps will be shown properly on a wide range of platforms running the Android OS.

Menu icons are displayed in the "options" menu, and are shown to users when they press the Menu button. Similar to tab icons, menu icons are specified as flat, grayscale images. Like tab icons, developers cannot use 3D or isometric projections.

Pixel resolutions for menu icons are described in a slightly more comprehensive way as opposed to to tab icons. Instead of two sizes described for tab icons (inner shape and boundary box), the inner shape of menu icons can be smaller or larger depending on whether they are square-shaped or not. If a menu icon is square-shaped, its resolution should be smaller than for icons shaped otherwise. The reason for specifying two different size limits is to establish a consistent visual size across the two icon types.

The outer dimensions for low, medium, and high resolution icons are defined 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 dots. Similarly, mdpi icons should fit 30x30 and 32x32 pixel boxes, while high-definition images should fit into 44x44 and 48x48 pixel rectangles respectively.

Instead of drawing your own graphics conforming to these guidelines, Android developers have an option of obtaining ready-made images from professional designers. For example, Android Tab Icons by Aha-Soft include 112 unique tab icons in both states and all three standard resolutions. Should additional resolutions be required, developers can produce images at any resolution by accessing scalable vector sources. Android Tab Icons can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.aha-soft.com/stock-icons/android-tab-icons.htm.

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