Building Material Design App Using Android Design Support Library and AppCompat Theme

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Android Design Support Library brings a number of material design components that are compatiable with all Android 2.1 or higher devices. The new componenets are navigation view, TextInputLayout for floating labels for editing text, a floating action button, snackbar, tabs, coordinatorLayout, AppBarLayout & Collapsing Toolbars. In this post we will create an app that follows material design specifications using the new components provided by Design Support Library. .

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Android | Location Settings Dialog

location-settings-dialog In a previous post Android | Check & Enable Location Service , we have seen how to check if the location service is enabled and how to redirect the user to the settings screen where he can enable the location service if it is disabled. Google Play Service 7.0 has introduced a new standard mechanism to check if the necessary location settings are enabled or not. Your app can display a location settings dialog for the user to change their settings without leaving your app.

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Android | Get Last (Current) Location

get-location In a previous post Android |Get Current Location & Location Updates | Location Services API Tutorial , we have seen how to get current location using older android APIs. Google introduced a new API (fused location provider) to get device location using the Google Play Services. Using the new API, you can request the last known location of the user's device.

"In most cases, you are interested in the user's current location, which is usually equivalent to the last known location of the device. "

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Android | Reading Browser Content Provider

Android Browser Content Provider

Android Browser Content Provider

A content provider presents data to external applications. Android comes with a number of content providers that store common data such as contact informations, calendar information, and media files, browser history and bookmarks. Here we will use Browser Provider to read default browser “Chrome” history and display the history on a list view.

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Android Simple Custom View

android-custom-viewAndroid SDK has a large set of standard views such as Button, TextView and ImageView. However, the framework also enables developers to create custom views that meet unique needs for example a pie chart or donut chart. This post is aiming to show you how to create a new simple custom view, how to draw the shape of the view and how to give it a nice look and feel.

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Spring MVC | Share Root WebApplicationContext Beans with Child WebApplicationContext

spring-240In the Web MVC framework, each DispatcherServlet has its own WebApplicationContext, which inherits all the beans already defined in the root WebApplicationContext. So if you have common beans or resources that need to be shared among “child” WebApplicationContexts,  you need to define them within root WebApplicationContext.

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Android |Get Current Location & Location Updates | Location Services API Tutorial

android-location-apiLocation Services API enables you to build location-aware Android application without going into the details of the underlying technologies. Location Services maintains user’s current location so your app just needs to get it from location client. The accuracy of the location depends on the active location sensors and location permissions requested in the Manifest file. Also, the API allows you to get the user’s updated location at regular intervals.

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