Android App Development: View Flipper and Sliding drawer

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On April 6, 2011

In this post we’re going to see two interesting controls in Android: ViewFlipper and SlidingDrawer. View Flipper: Suppose you want to display a news bar in your activity. this news bar displays a single news item at a time then flips and shows next item and so on, then your choice would be Android’s ViewFlipper. […]

Android App Development: Using Toasts and Alerts

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On March 30, 2011

Android offers two methods to display messages to the user: Toasts and Alerts. in this post we’re going to explore both of them. Toasts: toasts are pop up messages that lasts for a certain duration and then disappear. a Toast is a transient message that appears and disappears without any interaction from the user and […]

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Android App Development: Gallery Control

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On March 23, 2011

In Android the Gallery control is a selection control that displays items in a horizontal gallery. the items in the gallery appear beside each other. they can appear separated by a pre-defined space. we can use the gallery to display String items using a simple ArrayAdapter. so let’s see how to create a gallery that […]

Android App Development: Menus Part 3: Alternative Menus

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On March 16, 2011

Android offers a third type of menus: Alternative menus which allow multiple applications to use each other. An application menu can contain menu items that point to other applications that deal with a certain data type that is passed from the application by an intent. This functionality is related to the concept of Content Providers […]

Android App Development: Menus Part 2: Context Menus

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On March 9, 2011

Context menus are the menus that appear when you right-click in windows. In android Context menu are attached to widgets and the appear when you click on the widget for a long time (long click). To add context menus to widgets you have to do two things: Register the widget for a context menu. Add […]

Report: BlackBerry Messenger for iPhone and Android

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On March 3, 2011

BlackBerry Messenger for iPhone and Android, this news was exclusively reported by BGR, they reported that “BlackBerry Messenger will launch on Android and iOS”. image source:tuaw.com BGR has learned from multiple trusted sources that Research In Motion is planning to bring its beloved BlackBerry Messenger app and service to Android, and eventually to iOS as […]

Android App Development: Menus part 1: Options menu

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On March 2, 2011

In today’s Android App Development tutorial we are going to go over the options menu. Android phones have the menu button which displays a menu with several items that provide navigation or more functionality or settings to your applications. Android has three types of menus Options menu. Context menu. Alternative menus. Menu items can be […]

Android App Development: Using intents to pass data and return results between activities

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On February 23, 2011

In my previous tutorial I explained how intents describe an action to be performed. We learned how to launch phone activities like phone dialer with intents, and how we passed data (The phone number to dial) to the phone activity. In this post I’m going to see show you how to use intents to launch […]

Android App Development: Intents and Intent filters

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On February 16, 2011

Intents are used by an application to interact with the phone’s hardware components or other applications, or to start a service or activity¬†with a certain piece of data or to broadcast that an event has occurred. Using Intents to launch phone activities: We can use Intents to launch the phone’s basic activities such as the […]

Android App Development: Using Themes and Styles in Android

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On February 9, 2011

In web design we have the concept of Styles and Themes. Styles like Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) define the values of the web controls attributes such as width, height, font color, background and so on. A style can be applied on several controls in several web pages. Themes are used to group a set of […]