I'm new to decompiling apps. Most of the apps I decompile aren't very popular, so obfuscation hasn't been a problem yet. I'm not entirely sure what obfuscation looks like. The current app I'm looking into has this, or a similar variant, in all of its layout files.

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Is this obfuscation or just a problem from the process of decompiling?

A lot of weird symbols.

The app I'm looking into is the "Else Splay Launcher". It's the leftovers from an unsuccessful phone ui a company designed some years ago, and it was eventually turned into a launcher for Android.

Splay Launcher UI Preview

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You see weird symbols, because you opened a binary file with a text viewer. The XML files are Android XMLs (XML files compressed by the Android AAPT tool) and you can find a lot of tools how you can decompress/view them.

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