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<h2>Dependencies and prerequisites</h2>
<li>API level 5</li>
<li><a href="{@docRoot}tools/support-library/index.html">The Android Support Package</a></li>
<h2>You should also read</h2>
<li><a href="{@docRoot}resources/samples/ActionBarCompat/index.html">ActionBarCompat</a></li>
<li><a href="">How to have your (Cup)cake and eat it too</a></li>
<h2>Try it out</h2>
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<p>This class demonstrates how to use UI components and APIs available in newer versions of Android in a backward-compatible way, ensuring that your application still runs on previous versions of the platform.</p>
<p>Throughout this class, the new <a href="{@docRoot}guide/topics/ui/actionbar.html#Tabs">Action Bar Tabs</a> feature introduced in Android 3.0 (API level 11) serves as the guiding example, but you can apply these techniques to other UI components and API features.</p>
<h2 id="lessons">Lessons</h2>
<dt><strong><a href="abstracting.html">Abstracting the New APIs</a></strong></dt>
<dd>Determine which features and APIs your application needs. Learn how to define application-specific, intermediary Java interfaces that abstract the implementation of the UI component to your application.</dd>
<dt><strong><a href="new-implementation.html">Proxying to the New APIs</a></strong></dt>
<dd>Learn how to create an implementation of your interface that uses newer APIs.</dd>
<dt><strong><a href="older-implementation.html">Creating an Implementation with Older APIs</a></strong></dt>
<dd>Learn how to create a custom implementation of your interface that uses older APIs.</dd>
<dt><strong><a href="using-component.html">Using the Version-Aware Component</a></strong></dt>
<dd>Learn how to choose an implementation to use at runtime, and begin using the interface in your application.</dd>