A Primer on Android Navigation

Liam Spradlin
Jul 6, 2017 · 12 min read

Any vehicle someone uses to move between scenes in your interface — that’s navigation


✏️ Defining navigation


🗂 Tabs

Definition

Tabs in action

Play Music, Google+, Play Newsstand

History


🍔 Nav drawers

Definition

Nav drawers in action

Play Store, Google Camera, Inbox

History

The “start driving” entry augments the primary map view

🚨 Bottom nav

Definition

Bottom nav in action

Google Photos

Additional considerations

History


🕹 In-context navigation

Definition

In-context navigation in action

Clock, Google, and Google Calendar

History


↖️ Up, back, and close buttons

Calendar, Inbox, and Gmail

🔄 Combining patterns

Google+
Play Store
Google Calendar

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Thanks to Nick Butcher and Barbara Eldredge.

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