I have been searching about this and looking into the documentation, but failed. Is it forgotten by Google? Or it's hidden somewhere I didn't notice?


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  • Can you explain or show what you mean by pagination dots?
    – tohster
    Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 7:22
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    @tohster See bottom of image. Image is for iOS though, but I think you catch my drift. In iOS, it's called a pageviewer (UIPageViewController to be exact). Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 12:50
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    Addendum: In Android, it's popularized as ViewPagerIndicator (3rd-party library) since it's an indicator used on pagination (ViewPager), but yeah, Google haven't provided the API for that, the developer has to implement it by themselves.
    – Andrew T.
    Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 16:44

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There are some uses of pagination dots in the android system or in google apps.

If you take a look at the default lollipop app launcher or the home screen, you'll see them at the bottom of the screen.

Also if you take a look at any google app that offers a tutorial, you will also find some.

E.g. Google Drive:

(Btw. a great example of badly placed text in a translated app...)

  • They're at the bottom
  • Don't overlay any content
  • Placed in a separated area
  • ...and not clickable.
  • Thanks for examples : ) But I still wonder if the usage and appearance (color, diameter, distance, etc) are exactly defined in any Google official document? If not, is there a de facto standard for this? Thanks. Commented Apr 18, 2015 at 12:59

I can't recall an app that has something that you mean, unless it's custom made. Meaning: Android does not have pagination dots. Usually tabs are used, in combination with swiping. (Check out the image below Scrollable Tabs)

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