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<h2>In this document</h2>
<li><a href="#colorpalette">Customize the Color Palette</a></li>
<li><a href="#statusbar">Customize the Status Bar</a></li>
<li><a href="#inheritance">Theme Individual Views</a></li>
<p>The new material theme provides:</p>
<li>System widgets that let you set their color palette</li>
<li>Touch feedback animations for the system widgets</li>
<li>Activity transition animations</li>
<p>You can customize the look of the material theme
according to your brand identity with a color palette you control. You can tint the action bar and
the status bar using theme attributes, as shown in Figure 1.</p>
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<strong>Figure 1.</strong> Customizing the material theme.</p>
<p>The system widgets have a new design and touch feedback animations. You can customize the
color palette, the touch feedback animations, and the activity transitions for your app.</p>
<p>The material theme is defined as:</p>
<li><code>@android:style/Theme.Material</code> (dark version)</li>
<li><code>@android:style/Theme.Material.Light</code> (light version)</li>
<p>For a list of material styles that you can use, see the API reference for
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<strong>Note:</strong> The material theme is only available in the Android L Developer Preview.
For more information, see <a href="{@docRoot}preview/material/compatibility.html">Compatibility</a>.
<h2 id="colorpalette">Customize the Color Palette</h2>
<p style="margin-bottom:30px">To customize the theme's base colors to fit your brand, define
your custom colors using theme attributes when you inherit from the material theme:</p>
&lt;!-- inherit from the material theme -->
&lt;style name="AppTheme" parent="android:Theme.Material">
&lt;!-- Main theme colors -->
&lt;!-- your app's branding color (for the app bar) -->
&lt;item name="android:colorPrimary">@color/primary&lt;/item>
&lt;!-- darker variant of colorPrimary (for status bar, contextual app bars) -->
&lt;item name="android:colorPrimaryDark">@color/primary_dark&lt;/item>
&lt;!-- theme UI controls like checkboxes and text fields -->
&lt;item name="android:colorAccent">@color/accent&lt;/item>
<h2 id="statusbar">Customize the Status and Navigation Bar</h2>
<p>The material theme lets you easily customize the status bar, so you can specify a
color that fits your brand and provides enough contrast to show the white status icons. To
set a custom color for the status bar, use the <code>android:statusBarColor</code> attribute when
you extend the material theme. By default, <code>android:statusBarColor</code> inherits the
value of <code>android:colorPrimaryDark</code>.</p>
<p>To handle the color of the status bar yourself (for example, by adding a gradient in the
background), set the <code>android:statusBarColor</code> attribute to
<code>&#64;android:color/transparent</code> and adjust the window flags as required. You can
also use the <code>Window.setStatusBarColor</code> method for animations or fading.</p>
<p class="note"><strong>Note:</strong>
The status bar should almost always have a clear delineation from the primary toolbar, except for
full-bleed imagery cases and when you use a gradient as a protection.
<p>When customizing the navigation and status bars, make them both transparent or modify only
the status bar. The navigation bar should remain black in all other cases.</p>
<h2 id="inheritance">Theme Individual Views</h3>
<p>Elements in XML layout definitions can specify the <code>android:theme</code> attribute,
which references a theme resource. This attribute modifies the theme for the element and any
elements inflated below it, which is useful to alter theme color palettes in a specific portion
of an interface.</p>