Layouts are a key part of Android applications that directly affect the user experience. If implemented poorly, your layout can lead to a memory hungry application with slow UIs. The Android SDK includes tools to help you identify problems in your layout performance, which when combined the lessons here, you will be able to implement smooth scrolling interfaces with a minimum memory footprint.
- Optimize layout hierarchies
- In the same way a complex web page can slow down load time, your layout hierarchy if too complex can also cause performance problems. This lesson shows how you can use SDK tools to inspect your layout and discover performance bottlenecks.
- Reuse layouts with <include>
- If your application UI repeats certain layout constructs in multiple places, this lesson shows you how to create efficient, reusable layout constructs, then include them in the appropriate UI layouts.
- Load views on demand
- Beyond simply including one layout component within another layout, you might want to make the included layout visible only when it's needed, sometime after the activity is running. This lesson shows how you can improve your layout's initialization performance by loading portions of your layout on demand.