Facebook Shimmer ( Facebook Loading Effect)

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Shimmer is an Android library that provides an easy way to add a shimmer effect to any view in your Android app.

It is useful as an unobtrusive loading indicator, and was originally developed for Facebook Home.

Link:- facebook.github.io/shimmer-android

Example of facebook app using shimmer effect.

Placing any content on shimmer layout gives it a shimmer effect.

Needs to use javacode for manually starting shimmer animation. If autostart property is set to true, then it will start automatically.

  • Auto Start – Whether to automatically start the animation when the view is shown, or not.
  • Clip to Children – Whether to clip the shimmering effect to the children, or to opaquely draw the shimmer on top of the children. Use this if your overall layout contains transparency.
  • Colored – Whether you want the shimmer to affect just the alpha or draw colors on-top of the children
  • Base Color – If colored is specified, the base color of the content.
  • Highlight Color – If colored is specified, the shimmer’s highlight color.
  • Base Alpha – If colored is not specified, the alpha used to render the base view i.e. the unhighlighted view over which the highlight is drawn.
  • Highlight Alpha – If colored is not specified, the alpha of the shimmer highlight.
  • Duration – Time it takes for the highlight to move from one end of the layout to the other.
  • Repeat Count – Number of times of the current animation will repeat.
  • Repeat Delay – Delay after which the current animation will repeat.
  • Repeat Mode – What the animation should do after reaching the end, either restart from the beginning or reverse back towards it.
  • Direction – The travel direction of the shimmer highlight: left to right, top to bottom, right to left or bottom to top.
  • Dropoff – Controls the size of the fading edge of the highlight.
  • Intensity – Controls the brightness of the highlight at the center
  • Shape – Shape of the highlight mask, either with a linear or a circular gradient.
  • Tilt – Angle at which the highlight is tilted, measured in degrees
  • Fixed Width, Height – Fixed sized highlight mask, if set, overrides the relative size value
  • Width, Height ratio – Size of the highlight mask, relative to the layout it is applied to.

Example Displays a layout utilising Android Shimmer Library for displaying a loading effect similar to facebook

View Example Post:

Library Details:

  • Link : https://github.com/facebook/shimmer-android
  • License : BSD

Example AppSnippet :- https://appsnipp.com/facebook-shimmer-animation-example/

NB:- added as separate post for reducing clutter.


Kapil Mohan

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