Android navigating between apps

Navigate directly from one app to another when using common actions.


Usage

Apps can create a consistent experience when using common actions by navigating directly from one app to another. For example, to capture a photo, an app may activate the Camera app.


Activities, tasks, & intents

Activities

In Android, an activity includes an app’s screen and the actions it makes available to users. An app is a collection of activities that are created and reused from other apps.

Tasks

A task is the sequence of activities a user follows to accomplish a goal.

Intents

An intent allows an app to signal it would like another app's assistance in performing an action, such as “Share.” Apps can indicate which intents to respond to through activities.

Steps

Launching an app from the Home screen begins a new task. This task is extended to include activities of navigating through albums and viewing photo...

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Launching an app from the Home screen begins a new task.

This task is extended to include activities of navigating through albums and viewing photo details.

If the user triggers the Share action, a bottom sheet is revealed with available sharing activities from different apps (all of which have been registered to handle the Share intent).

A bottom sheet displays available sharing activities from different apps.