The recently released support libraries revision 23.2.0 added new functionality to the GuidedStepFragment to further help direct users through a series of decisions in order to accomplish a goal. So what changed ?
Get the sample project on Github from here.
Button actions where added to GuidedActions. The idea is to make it faster to confirm/submit an action without having to scroll down through all the other actions before you can continue with your decision making. The videos below might explain this better.
In-order to create a button action , you can overide the
onCreateButtonActions method or use
GuidedStepFragment.setButtonActions. You can then listen for the selected button by overriding
Editable description fields.
It’s now possible to input text in an action. I would not overuse this feature though on TV , ever tried entering your email on TV with a remote ? Use
GuidedAction.Builder.descriptionEditable(true) to make your action editable. You can listen for completion on this field via
onGuidedActionEditedAndProceed. I saw they also added
GuidedAction.Builder.descriptionInputType . I cant seem to make it work with the default TV keyboard on an Android TV emulator though.
Guided Action SubActions
This has the fill of drop down lists to it. So yeah we have these now. All you need to do is use the
GuidedAction.Builder.subActions method to add more ‘sub’ actions to your main action. You can listen for a selection on any one of your subactions by overiding
Simply put , this is just a date picker within the action view, yay. Just like editable GuidedActions. You listen for completion from within the
As is clearly evident. Theres a lot of new features within this release. I have made a sample app to show how to implement these new actions within your app. Get the sample project on Github from here.
I’m sure I’ve missed a few. If any let me know in the comments below.