I would like to add some animation to an Android application, in which an icon would move from left to right along a horizontal line.

Our graphic designer suggested animated GIFs or MOV files, but we're not sure if these are the right formats for Android - especially in terms of file sizes.

Which animation file formats are supported by Android? Is there an official or recommended format by Google?

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A PNG Sequence is often used in my experience.


<!-- Animation frames are wheel0.png -- wheel5.png files inside the
 res/drawable/ folder -->
 <animation-list android:id="@+id/selected" android:oneshot="false">
    <item android:drawable="@drawable/wheel0" android:duration="50" />
    <item android:drawable="@drawable/wheel1" android:duration="50" />
    <item android:drawable="@drawable/wheel2" android:duration="50" />
    <item android:drawable="@drawable/wheel3" android:duration="50" />
    <item android:drawable="@drawable/wheel4" android:duration="50" />
    <item android:drawable="@drawable/wheel5" android:duration="50" />

from: http://developer.android.com/reference/android/graphics/drawable/AnimationDrawable.html


Most likely this would be done in code using a custom animation. See Android's developer site for more info: Defining Custom Animations. Here, for example, is the code to morph from one shape to another, from AnimatedVectorDrawable:

<set xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android">
     android:valueFrom="M300,70 l 0,-70 70,70 0,0   -70,70z"
     android:valueTo="M300,70 l 0,-70 70,0  0,140 -70,0 z"

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