Android UI guidelines http://developer.android.com/design/downloads/index.html provide a back button image download but the button appears to be a bit different from the one used in the action bar. The stencil for the action bar "back/up" is not available in the Android stencils. Does anyone know if there is standard "back/up" button resource or each app is responsible for creating it's own (opens door for less consistency)? Or does the back button comes automatically with action bar?

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  • FYI, it's not "back/up", it's just Up. Commented Jun 25, 2012 at 20:17
  • Icon/Symbol questions are generally off-topic, per the FAQ. Commented Jun 25, 2012 at 21:19

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The SDK contains an icon called "ic_ab_back_holo_light.png" which looks the same as the icon from the design guidelines:

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Located in ...android-sdk\platforms\android-14\data\res\drawable-xhdpi

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    And the filename is a misnomer, the affordance is known as Up, and it is behaviorally different from the system BACK button. Commented Jun 25, 2012 at 20:17
  • @RomanNurik files like this often get internal names before formal names are introduced, probably what happened here. Though they should have known better from the start; there's already a Back button on every android phone of course.
    – Ben Brocka
    Commented Jun 25, 2012 at 20:32
  • @BenBrocka, yep exactly! Commented Jun 25, 2012 at 21:33

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