This question already has an answer here:What is the difference between “px”, “dip”, “dp” and “sp”?34 answersI am specifying a button's width as 600dp in values/dimens.xml, but when I deploy and run it on my Nexus 5 it takes up all the available width in the landscape orientation.My activity only runs in landscape mode, as I have specified in manifest file. The layouts are in the layouts directory. The images are in the 'drawable-xxhdpi' directory and they appear fine, but everything that I specify in dp is magnified.The previews in Android Studio and the actual device seem to behave as they have 600dp max width when it should be 1920. Why is this, and how can I fix it?
Ah, right. So I have to divide every dimension by that factor before setting in dimens.xml given I have the design in 1920x1080? Hmmm... so why is there need to have different dimens.xml files under values-swXXXXdp directories when dp is already doing this magic, I wonder?
user4092233 Please refer to developer.android.com/training/multiscreen/index.html for details
user4092233 - I rarely use different dimens.xml files for different configurations, although they have their uses. For instance, you might want different dimensions for different screen sizes. On a large screen, for example, you might want a 1/2 inch margin around a view. So regardless of the pixel density, you could specify a margin of 80dp (which would be 80 pixels on an mdpi device, but more like 223 pixels on a Nexus 5). On a smaller screen, you might want only a 1/8 inch margin, which would be 20dp. For density-independent dimensions, use /res/values-nodpi/dimens.xml and px, not dp.