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Questions tagged [android]

Android is Google's open source OS and system for smart phones and tablets. Use this tag for software engineering questions about Android; for user questions, visit our sister site Android Enthusiasts Stack Exchange.

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“Public APIs are forever: Only one chance to get it right”?

In an OS book I just read that, "Public APIs are forever: Only one chance to get it right". Is it true? Is it applicable only in APIs of Operating Systems or other APIs too? For example, will this be ...
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Is Model-View-Presenter (MVP) scheme useful for Android?

How to separate View and Presenter in Android, while the reactions on the user actions (Presenter part of MVP) are set into the same activities that shows GUI elements (View part of MVP). "In model ...
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Is it safe to trust emulators when developing multi platform/resolution mobile apps?

I'm currently developing some mobile applications using PhoneGap for Android, testing only in 3 different kinds of smartphones, and using emulators to test on the others target phone resolutions. ...
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How can I test an application that depends on specific hardware

I have written an Android application. The application requires a Bluetooth connection to a very specific piece of hardware, currently a prototype. The only way I can test the app at present is to ...
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Uncle Bob's clean architecture - An entity/model class for each layer?

BACKGROUND : I'm trying to use Uncle Bob's clean architecture in my android app. I studied many open source projects that are trying to show the right way to do it, and I found an interesting ...
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What to keep in mind when releasing an app which uses libraries licensed under the Apache 2.0 License?

I'm creating an Android app which is soon ready for release. I'm just going to implement a tab system using this library. I read that it is licensed under the Apache 2.0 License. I've never used any ...
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As a C# developer, would you learn Java to develop for Android or use MonoDroid instead? [closed]

I'd consider myself pretty well versed in C#. It's my language of choice at the moment, and it's where basically all my professional experience lies. Still, I'm puzzled by the existence of the ...
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Use my own GPL licensed code in a commercial product

I am developing a software project in Java/Swing licensed under GPL v3. Later, I want to create a Android application which uses the algorithms of the Java/Swing application. This Android app will be ...
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use of LGPL libraries in closed source android software

I'm investigating the legal issues of using LGPL native libraries in a closed source Android software. As for now, my research on the subject shows that using LGPL libraries in closed source software ...
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Class becoming God Object what pattern to use

I am developing Android app and my MainActivity is becoming God Object. By the way native Activity class implementation is some sort of God Object already. The problem is that my activity class is ...
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How do you manage the testing of your Android software on physical devices?

I'm in charge of managing mobile application development at my company, and I am currently building a mobile device "library" for testing. Essentially, we want to have a representative device in-house ...
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Android Design - Service vs Thread for Networking

I am writing an Android app, finally (yay me) and for this app I need persistant, but user closeable, network sockets (yes, more than one). I decided to try my hand at writing my own version of an ...
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Android development using C and C++ [closed]

I am a C, C++ developer. I am interested in mobile development. I want to know how can I develop Android apps using C and C++, I have read that they are providing a kit for C, C++ developers but it ...
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what should a developer know/address to build commercial Android Apps? [closed]

Android and mobile development is an exciting area of development. As it is a new discipline, what would be expected of an android developer to build commercially robust applications in terms of ...
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Should I spend time preventing piracy of my app? [duplicate]

The title says it all, the more I do research about piracy and the tools used to crack an app the more I think it is just wasted time. My biggest threat is that my app is being cracked and uploaded ...
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Why to use web services instead of direct access to a relational database for an android app?

I searched on the web how to access in an efficient manner to a central database at a remote location and I met suggestions to use web services instead direct access (i.e. JDBC etc ) to a database.I ...
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What is the ideal learning path to building Android apps with Scala, without prior Java experience

Unfortunately, there are not currently any books on the subject of 'Learn Android Development with Scala', which would be the ideal solution. I'm guessing that I'll need to pick up at least 3 books ...
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Are ads within average Android applications profitable?

I know ads can be profitable for some incredibly popular applications, but how do average applications fare? I am about to release an application and I think it will be pretty popular, but it's not ...
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Should I put UI and logic in separate classes?

I currently work on a hobby project which I use to learn more about Android/Java programming and programming in general. Recently, I decided to integrate jUnit into the project. Just getting it in ...
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GPL - Writing an exception for a plugin interface under section 7 of GPLv3

The problem I've written a application for Android licensed under GPLv3 which needs to use Google Play Services, a proprietary library, as a plugin to the app. Now I'd also like to add libspotify as ...
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What will be the better way for data retrieval on application that needs to handle limited amount of data.?

This is not really a coding question since, I am not adding any code in here. Since, adding my code snippets itself would make this question really long. Instead, I am pretty interested in knowing a ...
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Is Android a language or a framework/platform?

I know that Android uses the Java language with a limited Java SDK and that Google claims it isn't Java. But is it right to say that Android is a Programming language? Or is it more right to say that ...
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How can one presenter be used for multiple views in MVP

I am using MVP for creating an android application, which takes data from server and sets to activity. I am forced to create one presenter for each view. Each view is unique because each view has ...
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Benefits to using fragments in Android projects

I am learning Android programming and right now and i'm reading about fragments. I understand what fragments are, but either the tutorial is missing some steps or i'm missing something. So my question ...
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Does mobile based (Android) development, benefit from Object Oriented Programming?

My development on Android is based on scientific programs and while I'm building these most of the code is in one or two long classes. When I come to deploy these programs I try to decouple everything ...
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Qt, LGPL, Android and GooglePlay licensing

So, you can build Qt apps and deploy them to android. Taking a look at this post, I was wondering if making a game using Qt would be fine with LGPL legal terms given the following facts: The app ...
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Saving mobile application data when no service?

Say I have a mobile application that allows users to enter information which is then uploaded to a central location. I had planned on building this using only HTML5 and javascript (non-native app), ...
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Most efficient way of finding entities in a grid?

I'm working on my first game; a tower defense. So far It's coming along nicely. The only issue I am having (so far) is I can't figure out a way to effciently discover if an entity has entered a towers ...
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Use GPL code in commercial android app by spawning a separate process [duplicate]

As I understand, GPL allows use of a GPL program along with a proprietary program as long as they are separate programs and communicate at arms length. In order to do this, if I spawn a process from ...
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What is the meaning of MODULE_LICENSE_BSD_LIKE in Android source code? [closed]

In Android source code, we see files like MODULE_LICENSE_APACHE2, MODULE_LICENSE_BSD_LIKE, MODULE_LICENSE_W3C. An outside observer would think that these specify the intended license that applies to ...
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What is the legality of making a mobile app version of an existing card or board game? [closed]

I see that the market is full of mobile apps based on card/board games. For example, do a search for "Taboo" and there are many results which are not published by Hasbro Inc. Is this legal? The top "...