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Android styling: themes vs styles

Theme != Style

What’s in a style?

Styles are a collection of view attributes; specific to a single type of widget

Usage

Scope

What’s a theme?

Themes are a collection of named resources, useful broadly across an app

Usage

Use the ?attr/themeAttributeName syntax to query the theme for the value of this semantic attribute

Scope

Separate Concerns

Exploding permutations of widgets/styles without theming

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