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Android Emulator: Scale size without using Eclipse

As you might have read following my previous post I’m currently experimenting with mobile web solutions. In such a case, having an Android emulator is quite comfortable for quickly testing your solution. Personally though, I hate the default emulator skin, mainly also because it takes up quite a large portion of your screen. Hence, I normally use a custom emulator ...

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Android: Facebook’s Notification Widget

Have you ever checked out the Facebook app? When you click on the Notifications button at the top, the app creates a nice overlaid window that contains a scrolling list view of all your info. It doesn’t dim out the background, and it also disappears if you click anywhere on the screen that isn’t in the overlaid window itself. The ...

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Android Emulator with Nexus One skin

I know it doesn’t really increase your value during development. It’s just for fun but those of you that like it, here are some links that point to Nexus One skins that can be used on your local dev emulator. http://www.tughi.com/2010/01/19/nexus-one-skin/ http://timhoeck.com/2010/01/16/nexus-one-emulator-skin/ Update: The Nexus S skin is available at here. Installation is easy. Just extract it to <android-sdk-install-root>/platforms/<your-platform>/skins and ...

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Does your App Support Android 4.0? Think Again

Think your app supports Android 4.0 just because you support 2.2 or 2.3? Maybe not. If your app uses a few common Java classes, you may want to double check your app on several 4.0 devices. Probably like most developers, when we saw Ice Cream Sandwich release, we didn’t have any thoughts that our app may not work properly. All ...

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Java Swing to Android

Here is a quick, brief 10,000ft overview/observations on Android from a Swing developers point of view. Firstly if your coming to Android from Swing you are approaching it with a big advantage to J2EE developers. Now I realise Android doesn’t actually have the AWT/Swing API’s but that doesn’t matter as the general front end/event driven mechanism in it is so ...

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SQL Lite Performance on Android

For those who are unaware, Android has some build-in classes to support the use of SQL Lite databases. It provides a great way to structure a small amount of data within Android. However, there are a few pitfalls of using these classes that you should watch out for though. Depending on which version you are using, a given query could ...

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Android – Load WebView with ProgressBar

Problem: How to load WebView with ProgressBar? Description: Previously, i have published an article for Android – WebViewClient example where we have discussed about how to load URL inside the application instead of opening a native browser. Now, just consider the case where we want to include progress bar to show loading process. At the same time we can either ...

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Android – Read file from Assets

Description: First of all, let me give you a link: AssetManager, through this class we can easily access any files lying inside the Assets directory of android application. (or any sub-folders inside the Assets directory). Now, we can have an object of AssetManager class by using getAssets() method: AssetManager assetManager = getAssets(); And the rest of the procedure i have ...

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