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How to listen for Phone Events in Android

How to listen for Phone Events in Android

If we want our application to deal with telephony services on the device then we can do so with the help android.telephony package. In this article, I will show you how to listen for different phone events and take action based upon them. In other words we can make our application react to any phone event such as when the phone rings, signal strength changes, etc. Also, the access to this telephony information of device is permission protected and our application should have appropriate permissions in order to receive device call change updates. So, let's get started!

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How to create Status Bar Notification in Android

How to create Status Bar Notification in Android

A status bar notification is a nice way to alert the user about some update from your application, when running in background, specially when you require a response from the user for the same. It adds an icon to the system's status bar along with an optional ticker-text message and an expanded message in the Notifications window. When the user selects the expanded notification message, Android fires an Intent that is defined by the notification which is usually used to launch an Activity. In this article, I will show you how we can implement this notification system in our application.

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How to create Time Picker dialog for selecting time in Android

How to create Time Picker dialog for selecting time in Android

Sometimes we may require the user to set time in our application. While doing so instead of asking the user to enter the time data in raw form, we can provide him with a beautiful GUI to input the data.

Android comes equipped with a widget named TimePicker which we can integrate in our application to provide this functionality to the end users. It has an elegant look and design. So, lets get started.

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How to create Date Picker dialog for selecting a date in Android

How to create Date Picker dialog for selecting a date in Android

Whenever the user has to input a date, its always a good idea to assist him/her with a widget which allows the user to select a particular day, month and year.

By default Android provides a widget named DatePicker which can be incoported in your application to provide this functionality to the end users. It has an elegant look and design. So, we will use this widget here.

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How to create QR code by using Google Chart API in PHP

How to create QR code by using Google Chart API in PHP

The full form of QR code is Quick Response code. It is a two dimensional code designed specifically to be read by smartphones. It is a type of matrix barcode. The code represents a picture where black squares of various sizes are arranged in a square pattern on a white background. This code can be used to encode any information such as text, a URL, or other data. Here, I will show you how to create your own QR code for any data by using Google Chart API.

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Google launches Android Market Web Store - a web portal for Android applications

Google launches Android Market Web Store - a web portal for Android applications

There is a good news for all Android lovers! Google has now come up with a web portal from where you can download all your favorite Android applications. Earlier, Android market on your handsets was the only way to download latest Android apps. Though exciting, at times it may feel cumbersome to browse through all the apps on the handset. Moreover to access all the details of an app and to choose among the thousands of available applications is always a problem. To solve this problem Google has launched the Android Market Web Store, which is a web portal that contains more than 200,000 applications. Google has done it to come at par with its stiff competitor Apple. Apple already has an app store that has more than 400,000 apps.

Android web-store is available at https://market.android.com/. Just go to this URL and there it is your favorite applications at your instant disposal.

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How to create an Auto Complete textbox in Android

How to create an Auto Complete textbox in Android

Auto complete is a must have feature in applications that require user to type-in commonly used words or phrases.  As soon as user starts typing in a word or phrase, the application shows a list containing the probable words or phrases that the user wants to type in without the user actually typing it in completely. This feature makes application more user friendly and improves user experience. We will create a textbox widget which supports auto complete feature.

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7 reasons to buy an Android phone

7 reasons to buy an Android phone

I wanted to purchase a cell phone recently and was about to buy one based on Symbian OS when someone suggested me to go for an Android based handset. As a novice in this field, I decided to do some research work before purchasing one. Some of the interesting facts that I have gathered about Android, which calls for the wide popularity it’s gaining nowadays, are listed below. These will help you understand why you should prefer Android over others.

 

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Google Goggles - Use pictures to search the web

Google Goggles - Use pictures to search the web

Google has once again come up with an exciting way to make search more easy for the users. Now to know more about something you don’t need to google a phrase, simply take its picture and there it is - all the relevant information related to it within seconds, directly in front of you. Imagine, you see something but are not able to recall its name, just take its picture and Google Goggles will do the rest for you! So what is this Google Goggles? It is an image recognition application used for searches based on pictures taken by handheld devices.

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Web search made better with Google Instant Previews

Web search made better with Google Instant Previews

Google web search has gone beyond instant search. Google search now features a quick snapshots (with snippets) of searched web pages adjacent to the search results- called "Instant previews". Instant previews let you see the visual layout of a web page before clicking the search results. Hence you can make a visual comparision of the searched pages and can pick the right search result.  

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It's time for Google Music

It's time for Google Music

Google has recently launched music search service in India. Most of us have to admit that we Indians extensively search for free music on Google, so now google is more than pleased to launch exclusive Google Music search for Indians. It helps you to find your favourite Bollywood song albums and play them from your browser. Google music search throws up search results from three partner websites, in.com, Saavn and Saregama. However, music search doesn't offer too many features and you cannot download music to your PC.  

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Call Phone From Gmail

Call Phone From Gmail

Google has come up with an innovative idea - to integrate Google Voice with Gmail. This new application is known as Call phone. This application has unified Google Voice with Gmail. Now you can call up anyone from Gmail no matter how far they are from you. This is, in fact, the easiest way of receiving calls and dialing calls.

 

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Google Chrome OS - A Review

Google Chrome OS - Review

Having already conquered the search engine market, Google, is all set to launch its own operating system, Google Chrome OS, which in Google’s term will be a natural extension to its web browser 'Google Chrome'. The Google Chrome OS is a Linux based, lightweight, open source operating system, designed specifically to work with web applications.

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Dell Streak - Now in India - A Review

Dell Streak - Now in India - A Review

Dell, a computer giant, is now ready to launch DELL STREAK in India – Dell Streak is a smartphone based on the Google Android mobile OS. It’s actually a hybrid between the larger tablets and mobile phones. Currently running on Android 1.6, Streak is believed to get updated to Android foryo 2.2 by the end of 2010. Previously known as Mini 5, Dell Streak is slim and light and has a 5” 480 x 854 LCD multitouch color transflective TFT which not only makes it big enough to be used comfortably for applications, games, read emails and navigation purposes but also sizeable enough to be used as a handset.  Also it has plenty of room for widgets and icons and thus doesn’t give the feeling of being cluttered or unorganized.

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Google has launched its first video doodle

Google has launched its first video dooodle

Google has launched its first ever Video Doodle. For those of you who don't know what a doodle is, here is an excerpt from Wikipedia - A doodle is a type of sketch, an unfocused drawing made while a person's attention is otherwise occupied. Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be abstract shapes.

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Review: Google TV Launched

Google-TV-Launched

Google giant has yet again stumbled us with its new out of the box innovation, Google TV. With Google TV, Google plans to connect the Web with TV. Its certainly not clear how the media market will react to it, but Google's ambition is to break all boundaries and creep into every corner of the earth. Google points out that there are more than five billion people who watch TV across the world and which out numbers the mobile and computer users. Beside everything, Google TV is going to be the best digital innovation of the 21st century. Google TV will allow us to watch TV programmes as well as browse web on the TV simultaneously. The best thing they talked about is that the iPhones and Android-based smartphones are going to work as our TV remote.  

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List of Andriod based Smart-Phones

Android Tablets

Android was released officially in 2008 and by now several Hi-Fi Android based Smart-Phones models have inundated the touch phone market. Android is so much in demand that Google itself has stopped marketing Google Nexus One to focus on making Android an epitome of Mobile OS. With the latest release of Android version  2.2  it is evident that Android powered Smart Phones are worth every single penny. Glossy looks to impeccable touch screen to big Android app store,  its all vivid and beautiful. All the big cell phone brands like HTC, Dell, Samsung, Sony, Motorolla etc are already competing in the market with their latest models. Before you go on to buy your own Android based Smart-Phone, take a glance at the big fat list of Android based Smart-Phones Models available and hope it helps you to decide what's best.

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Latest Android powered Tablets called "AndPads"

Android Tablets

Some of the best android tablets are really cool and worth every penny. Let's find out why? Ever since iPad came into inception, rival tech firms are leaving no room to compete with Apple's product. Now best tablets based on Google Android is being scaled beyond Mobile OS to portable tablets or simply AndPad. Sounds cool isn't it!? After summers, a lot of new developers have customized some incredible and affordable Andpads. Lets have a look at some of the coolest and latest Andpads rolled out in the market.

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10 Most Popular Google Chrome Extensions

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In todays world we spend a lot of time accessing and browsing the internet and thus, we end up spending a lot of time working in a web browser window. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are the two most common browsers being used today. Firefox's secret of success is the huge repository of extensions it has. The ability to customize with numerous add-ons has made Firefox versatile in its functionality and hence it is adopted by users of each kind. Google Chrome on the other hand is based on the Webkit layout engine, which is known for its excellent rendering speeds.

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How to use external fonts in Android

Android Font

In this tutorial we will show how you can use external fonts in your Android applications instead of regular available fonts.

The first step is that you need to download a free font (.ttf file) from internet which you want to use. It's easy. Go to google.com and search for free fonts and download the one which you want to use. Here in this tutorial we will be using two fonts - RockFont font and FeastOfFlesh font as shown below.

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