Task 1: Support landscape orientation

1.1 Change to a GridLayoutManager

  • Continue developing your version of the MaterialMe app, or download MaterialMe. If you decide to make a copy of the MaterialMe project to preserve the version from the previous practical, rename the copied version MaterialMe-Resource.
  • Name the file integers.xml and click OK.
  • Create an integer constant between the <resources> tags called grid_column_count and set it equal to 1:
<integer name="grid_column_count">1</integer>
  • Create another values resource file, again called integers.xml; however, the name will be modified as you add resource qualifiers from the Available qualifiers pane. The resource qualifiers are used to label resource configurations for various situations.

1.2 Modify MainActivity

  • Open MainActivity, and add code to onCreate() to get the integer from the integers.xml resource file:
int gridColumnCount = 

The Android runtime will take care of deciding which integers.xml file to use, depending on the state of the device.

  • Change the LinearLayoutManager for the RecyclerView to a GridLayoutManager, passing in the context and the newly created integer:
GridLayoutManager(this, gridColumnCount));
  • Run the app and rotate the device. The number of columns changes automatically with the orientation of the device.
  • Use the gridColumnCount variable to disable the swipe action (set swipeDirs to zero) when there is more than one column:
int swipeDirs;
if(gridColumnCount > 1){
swipeDirs = 0;
} else {
swipeDirs = ItemTouchHelper.LEFT | ItemTouchHelper.RIGHT;
  • Use swipeDirs in place of the swipe direction arguments (ItemTouchHelper.LEFT | ItemTouchHelper.RIGHT) for ItemTouchHelper.SimpleCallback():
ItemTouchHelper helper = new ItemTouchHelper(new 
ItemTouchHelper.SimpleCallback(ItemTouchHelper.LEFT |
ItemTouchHelper.RIGHT |
ItemTouchHelper.DOWN | ItemTouchHelper.UP,
swipeDirs) {
  • Run the app and rotate the device. In landscape (horizontal) orientation, the user can no longer swipe to delete a card.

Task 2 : Support tablets

2.1 Adapt the layout to tablets

  • Create an integers.xml resource file which uses the Smallest Screen Width qualifier with the value set to 600. Android uses this file whenever the app runs on a tablet.
  • Create another integers.xml file that includes both the Smallest Screen Width qualifier set to 600, and the Orientation qualifier set to Landscape. Android uses the resulting integers.xml (sw600dp-land) file when the app runs on a tablet in landscape mode.
  • Run the app on a tablet or tablet emulator, and rotate it to landscape mode. The app should show three columns of cards, as shown in the first figure below. Rotate it to portrait mode, and the app should show two columns of cards, as shown in the second figure below. With these resource qualifier files, the app uses the screen real estate much more effectively.

2.2 Update the tablet list item styles

  • Open styles.xml and add the following styles:
<style name="SportsDetailText" 
<style name="SportsTitle"
  • Create a new values resource file called styles.xml that uses the Smallest Screen Width qualifier with a value of 600 for tablets.
  • Copy all styles from the original styles.xml file into the new styles.xml (sw600dp) file.
<style name="SportsTitle" 
  • The Android predefined Display1 style uses the textColorSecondary value from the current theme (ThemeOverlay.AppCompat.Dark), which in this case is a light gray color. The light gray color does not show up well on the banner images in your app. To correct this add an "android:textColor"attribute to the SportsTitle style and set it to "?android:textColorPrimary":
<style name="SportsTitle" 
<item name=
  • Change the parent of SportsDetailText style to "TextAppearance.AppCompat.Headline".
  • Change the style attribute of the newsTitle and subTitle TextView elements to @style/SportsDetailText.

2.3 Update the tablet sports detail styles

  • Add the following style in the styles.xml file for the detail title:
<style name="SportsDetailTitle" 
  • Add the following style in the styles.xml (sw600dp) file for the detail title:
<style name="SportsDetailTitle" 
  • Open activity_detail.xml, and change the styleattribute of both the newsTitleDetail and subTitleDetail TextView elements to the new SportsDetailText style you created in a previous step:
  • In activity_detail.xml, change the style attribute of the titleDetail TextView element to the new SportsDetailTitle style you created:
  • Run your app. All of the text is now larger on the tablet, which greatly improves the user experience of your application.

Task 3: Localize your app

3.1 Add a localized strings.xml file

  • Create a new values resource file.
  • Call the file strings.xml and select Locale from the list of available qualifiers. The Language and Specific Region Only panes appear.
  • In the Specific Region Only pane, select US: United States and click OK. Android Studio creates a specific values directory in your project directories for the U.S. locale, called values-en-rUS. In the Project > Android pane, the strings.xml file in this directory appears as strings.xml (en-rUS) within the newly created strings.xml folder (with a U.S. flag icon).
  • Copy all string resources of the generic strings.xmlfile (now located in the strings.xml folder) to strings.xml (en-rUS).

3.2 Run the app in different locales

  • To switch the preferred language in your device or emulator, open the Settings app.

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