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Making Standard Tab and Menu Icons for Android Apps

When developing mobile apps or drawing graphics for mobile apps, one must conform to srict guidelines. Using graphics made for other operating systems, especially desktop-based, is not a good idea. Foreign images will look out of place at best, or will make your Android apps appear hardly recognizable at worst.

Making Tab and Menu Icons for Android Description: When designing mobile apps or designing graphics for mobile apps, it is essential to follow srict guidelines. Re-using images designed for different operating systems, especially desktop-based, is generally not a good idea. Foreign images will look out of place at best, or will make your Android apps hardly recognizable at worst. Body: There exist strict guidelines published for designing standard-compliant 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: unselected and selected. It is required that tab icons are drawn as simple, flat shapes as opposed to graphics shown in 3D or isometric projection.

Android OS and Android apps can run on a variety of different platforms using a wide range of hardware. In reference to icon images, those platforms 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 screens. Pixel-wise, the outer boundaries for the three sizes are defined as 24x24, 32x32, and 48x48 pixels. The size of the shape itself should not exceed 22x22, 28x28, and 42x42 pixels respectively. By including all three standard resolutions, designers can ensure that their apps will be shown properly on a variety of platforms running the Android OS.

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

Screen resolutions for menu icons are described in a slightly more complex way as opposed to to tab icons. Instead of two resolutions described for tab graphics (inner shape and boundary box), the inner shape of menu icons can be smaller or larger depending on their shape. If a menu icon is square-shaped, its size should be smaller than for icons with different shapes. The reason for specifying two different size limits is to establish a consistent visual weight across the two icon types.

The outer dimensions for ldpi, mdpi and hdpi 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, mdpi icons should fit 30x30 and 32x32 pixel boundaries, while high-definition images should fit into 44x44 and 48x48 pixel boxes respectively.

Instead of designing your own icons conforming to these guidelines, Android developers have an option of obtaining stock images from professional designers. For example, Android Tab Icons by Aha-Soft include 112 unique tab graphics in both states and all standard sizes. If an additional size is needed, developers can render 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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