Android

How to download and run Android Emulator via Command Line on Windows

How to download and run Android Emulator via Command Line on Windows

The Android SDK includes a mobile device emulator which allows us to run android virtual device on our computer. In this article, I will show you how to create and run an android virtual device on Windows using command line. We will use the latest system image for our virtual device by using Android SDK. So let's get started! Follow the steps listed below:

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How to download and install BlueStacks App Player on Windows

How to download and install BlueStacks App Player on Windows

BlueStacks App Player is a desktop gadget which lets you run android applications on your PC (Windows/Mac). It is basically an android emulator which can be run on your desktop allowing you to access and run android applications on full-screen (including games). Here, I will show you how to install BlueStacks App Player on Windows.

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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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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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First look at Samsung Galaxy Tab

First look at Samsung Galaxy Tab

The Galaxy Tab is one of the first tablet devices manufactured by the leading mobile company - Samsung Electronics Co .Their latest innovation, the 7 inch tablet is their effort to help the users enjoy all the multimedia content with a PC like web browsing experience. Samsung Tab is powered by Android 2.2 OS running TouchWiz 3.0.

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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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New Firefox 4 beta for Android Mobile released

Android-firefox-4-beta

 The Firefox team has announced the release of Firefox 4 beta for Android. Now you can enjoy seamless internet browsing experience of Firefox on mobile. It is said that the Firefox for mobile is built on the same engine as Firefox 4 for the desktop. It is aslo revealed that Firefox 4 for Android is packed with our favourite features like sync, Add-ons and the awesome-bar. 

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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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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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How to create a Dialog box in Android - Part 2

Android Dialog Box

This is the second part of the How to a create a Dialog Box in Android tutorial. Follow this link - How to create a Dialog Box - Part 1, if you haven't read the first part and have directly landed here.

In this tutorial we will discuss the remaining two types of dialog boxes -

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  • A dialog box containing a list
  • A dialog box containing checkboxes

Best of Android based Tablet PCs

Android Tablets

Since the inception of Android, Tablet PC's definition has changed from a handy PC to become a hybrid between a Smartphone and a Tablet PC. Mobile manufactures have been trying hard to come up with something out of box, and this summer the best of the Android based Tablets will be released. The first is Notion Ink's Adam and the other is Dell Streak. Both of them are based on Android and are far more advanced than any other tablets or Smartphones. Both the hybrids are more or less same with 1 GHz processor, 1080p HD video playback, WiFi, Bluetooth, SD card, USB, etc but Adam is bit unique and clearly stands out amongst the two android based Tablets.

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How to create a Dialog box in Android - Part 1

Android Dialog Box

Hi again!  We are back with another tutorial on Android notifications. Make sure you go through the tutorial on Toast Notification before reading on.

In Android you can use a dialog box with one, two, or three buttons or none at all. You can also have a list of selectable items that consists of checkboxes or radio buttons.

For creating these dialog boxes we will be using AlertDialog which is an extension of Dialog class from Android API library. In this tutorial we will be creating four different types of dialog boxes -

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  • An alert box with a single button
  • A dialog box with two buttons
  • A dialog box containing a list
  • A dialog box containing checkboxes

Create Toast Notification in Android

Android Notification

Notifications are generally used to make user aware about an event that has occurred in your application. Once notified the notification may give an option to interact with itself or not. There are three types of notifications in Android.

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  • Toast Notifications
  • Status Bar Notifications
  • Dialog Notifications

How to use Sensor Simulator in Android SDK Emulator

Android Sensor

In this post we will simulate various sensors such as accelerometer, compass, orientation and temperature sensor using SensorSimulator in Android SDK Emulator.

The OpenIntents SensorSimulator lets you simulate sensor data with the mouse in real time, where the behavior can be customized through various settings. It currently supports four sensors only but more are being developed by their team.

First you need to download the latest stable version of SensorSimulator. Go to their download page and then search for the latest sensorsimulator-x.x.x.zip file and download it. Right now the they have released the beta version and you can download it from here

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