The following is the first few sections of a chapter from Exploring Android, plus headings for the remaining major sections, to give you an idea about the content of the chapter.

Modifying the Manifest and Gradle Files

Now that we have our starter project, we need to start making changes, as we have a lot of work to do.

In this tutorial, we will start with some “root” files, ones that form the backbone of our app: the manifest and the Gradle build scripts. Here, we will make a few changes, just to help get you familiar with editing these files. We will be returning to these files many times over the course of the rest of the book.

This is a continuation of the work we did in the previous tutorial. The book’s GitHub repository contains the results of the previous tutorial as well as the results of completing the work in this tutorial.

Read Me!

This tutorial assumes that you have learned the basics of working with Gradle and the manifest file elsewhere. That could be:

Some Notes About Relative Paths

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Step #1: Supporting Screens

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Step #2: Blocking Backups

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Step #3: Ignoring Lint

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Step #4: Supporting Java 8

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What We Changed

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