How to Use the Android Notification System

In this post we’re going to learn how to use the Android notification system. Android notifications have evolved from the standard one-liner with an app icon to having actions, showing images, and expanding to show more information. Notifications are a critical part of the user experience. Instead of the user having to check your app for updates, … Read moreHow to Use the Android Notification System

How to Accessing the Camera and Take Pictures on Android

In this post, we’re going to learn how we can access the camera and use it to take a picture. Grabbing data from the camera can be a bit tricky, especially when dealing with the Android filesystem so we’ll be covering how to create an image file for the photo and extracting that image back into the ImageView. In this … Read moreHow to Accessing the Camera and Take Pictures on Android

Creating a Unit Converter App – Part 2

This is Part 2 of the series on creating a Unit Converter app (you can view part 1 here). In this final section, we’re going to work on the View and Controller of our Unit Converter and learn about how we can design a UI with Spinners to allow the user the convert units. View Since we have a relatively … Read moreCreating a Unit Converter App – Part 2

Basic UI Widgets – TextViews, EditTexts, and Buttons

Hello World! In this post, we’re going to be going in-depth into several of the most common UI elements that we’ll encounter in Android: TextViews, EditTexts, and Buttons. We’ll be looking into their properties and some of Java’s language features like anonymous inner classes. TextView The simplest way to show the user text is through the TextView … Read moreBasic UI Widgets – TextViews, EditTexts, and Buttons

Hola World – First Steps with Android

Hello World! In this post we’re going to create our very first Android application! We’re going to download Android Studio and other prerequisites. Then we’re going to create a new Android Studio project and write a little app such that the user can type in his or her name, press a button, and the app will … Read moreHola World – First Steps with Android

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