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Instagram actually uses this design pattern in their android app. I would go back to the basics and understand what is best for your user. Android and iOS users have different expectations when it comes to using apps based on muscle memory from common design patterns. If something looks good in iOS it will most likely also look good in Android but that ...


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Look to future proof and understand the Google Material design guidance. (TL;DR: icon buttons on top page for navigation is in line with the Material design ) Explicitly "Top-level view strategies section" in Material Design - UI regions and guidance section is very clear that you can Use tabs to switch between a small number of equally important ...


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There's no many apps using them on Android because Google explicitly discourage on its design guidelines. Each platform has their own visual language, so I completely disagree with implementing this on Android. More: http://developer.android.com/design/patterns/pure-android.html


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On Android this is also very common pattern but with few differences. On Android you position this tabs on top of the screen (mainly because of hardware buttons on the bottom of the phone) You can use scrollable or fixed tabs (for more info: http://developer.android.com/design/building-blocks/tabs.html)


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This is a very intuitive navigation and shouldn't be any issue. I can't give you any examples of top apps that are using this, but it doesn't mean that the user won't easily understand it. I'd suggest just going with your gut and doing what makes sense for you. I'd also suggest doing user testing on your app in wire frames or limited functionality with even ...



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