The idea is to use this code snippet.

ColorDrawable[] colorDrawables = {
    new ColorDrawable(Color.RED),
    new ColorDrawable(Color.BLUE),
    new ColorDrawable(Color.GREEN)
};
TransitionDrawable transitionDrawable = new TransitionDrawable(colorDrawables);
textView.setBackground(transitionDrawable);
transitionDrawable.startTransition(2000);

In this code snippet, we created a list of colorDrawables, then feed them to the TransitionDrawable. And now we have an animating color change, so we pass it to the setBackground to get the animating colors in the background. Got the idea ? let’s create a complete code example.

  1. use this xml code in res/layout/activity_main.xml.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<RelativeLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
   xmlns:tools="http://schemas.android.com/tools"
   android:layout_width="match_parent"
   android:layout_height="match_parent"
   android:id="@+id/relativeLayout"
   android:padding="8dp"
   tools:context=".MainActivity">
   <Button
      android:id="@+id/button"
      android:text="Animate background color"
      android:layout_width="wrap_content"
      android:layout_height="wrap_content"
      android:layout_above="@id/textView"
      android:layout_centerInParent="true"
      android:layout_marginBottom="15dp"/>
   <TextView
      android:id="@+id/textView"
      android:layout_width="wrap_content"
      android:layout_height="wrap_content"
      android:textSize="36sp"
      android:textStyle="bold"
      android:text="Changing Background color of this view."
      android:layout_centerInParent="true" />
</RelativeLayout>
  1. use this [Kotlin] code in src/MainActivity.java file.
import androidx.appcompat.app.AppCompatActivity;
import android.graphics.Color;
import android.graphics.drawable.ColorDrawable;
import android.graphics.drawable.TransitionDrawable;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.View;
import android.widget.Button;
import android.widget.TextView;
public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {
   TextView textView;
   Button button;
   @Override
   protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
      super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
      setContentView(R.layout.activity_main);
      button = findViewById(R.id.button);
      textView = findViewById(R.id.textView);
      button.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
         @Override
         public void onClick(View v) {
            ColorDrawable[] colorDrawables = {new ColorDrawable(Color.RED),
            new ColorDrawable(Color.BLUE), new ColorDrawable(Color.GREEN)};
            TransitionDrawable transitionDrawable = new TransitionDrawable(colorDrawables);
            textView.setBackground(transitionDrawable);
            transitionDrawable.startTransition(2000);
         }
      });
   }
}

Run the application. You’ll see the background of the textview is animating when you touch / tap it.