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Private apps for iOS and Android

Is it possible to develop private apps for iOS (iPhone/iPad) and Android? With "private apps" I mean apps that do not appear on the public app store, but can be downloaded and used only by selected ...
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Snapchat clone: How do I secure pre-downloaded notifications so that they cannot be opened outside of the app?

Say I'm making a snapchat clone app for Android and iOS. Let's say that I get a snapchat from Baz. I want to pre-download the audio for this snapchat. However, as the developer, I want to secure this ...
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how much memory should android app use [closed]

We are planning to develop an android application. the application will use API and data transfer will be via SSL. I should write documentation and set functional and system requirements for the ...
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What are the benefits of Android way of “saving memory” - explicitly passing Context objects everywhere?

Turned out, this question is not easy to formulate for me, but let's try. In Android, pretty much any UI object depends on a Context, and has defined lifetime. Android can also destroy and recreate UI ...
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Android Data persistence question

I have an android app in which users have sets of items, and each item has about 10 properties. What I do at the moment: items are stored in the server database when the user logs in, I get all the ...
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Alternative to SIP, voice communication in Android [closed]

Is it exists any alternative to SIP protocol? I want implement voice & video chat option in my application. I don't want use SIP, because I need only simple communication without call for ...
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Use of LGPL libraries on android devices (in a single closed source .apk) [duplicate]

Well this question is actually asked multiple times here already. but the answers are contradictory So that's why I ask it again (maybe time changed things). Can LGPL licensed libraries be used in ...
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Make an app that communicates with an app on a server over wifi [closed]

This is a very broad question, and I'm just looking for a pointer in the right direction more than a specific answer, but it's something I've always wondered and never known. Lets say I have a ...
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Is it good approach to open a keyboard at Actvity start where only one EditTextbox is present [closed]

I am working with Forgot password, where I have single EditTextBox and a single submit button. So whenever I am opening this Forgot password page, my keyboard is opened at the start of this page. In ...
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Emulating communication between Android and microcontroller using threads or services or… other?

I am not sure what is the best way for the tasks below: threads, AsyncTasks, Loopers, services? Why? Are there other candidates? I need threads/Tasks/Services/other for: Plotting data, (refreshing ...
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How to get local device time corresponding to NTP server timestamp?

So, I'm trying to use an NTP server to help me synchronize an app across two Android devices (to have them perform some action at the exact same time, give or take < 20 ms). I'm using the SNTP ...
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How to get involved in open-source project? (Android/java programmer) [closed]

My question might sound stupid and not suitable for this site, but i dont have any better place to ask then here, so please bear with me. Im a college student that love playing with android. Around ...
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GPL - Writing an exception for a plugin interface under section 7 of GPLv3

The problem I've written a application for Android licensed under GPLv3 which needs to use Google Play Services, a proprietary library, as a plugin to the app. Now I'd also like to add libspotify as ...
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Where to show copyright messages? [duplicate]

In my Android application, I am using a couple of open source libraries. The only requirement these libraries have is that I must show their respective copyright notices in my application. I am trying ...
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Force users to update to the latest version of my app on the Google Play Store

Is there a way to have a "critical update" for my app on the Google Play Store that would require the user to update the app to keep using it? For instance, let say I push an update that brings a few ...
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Mobile development project architecture model/pattern

I would like to hear some improvement suggestions for mobile development (Android/iOS) project architectures. I would like to go for a "safe" design, modular and that can be easily maintained in time. ...
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Image strategy on Android

I am creating an application with lots of photos. They will take > 100 mb on memory. So far I have 3 ideas: Place it in @drawable - app will be heavy Download by JSON and place in java ...
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Can IndexedDB be used in offline hybrid android apps?

Can IndexedDB be used in offline hybrid android apps? I have tried the [example presented in this post,1 while it is working in my laptopn on Google Chrome, it is not working inside the WebView in my ...
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Who should provide the Requirement doc / SRS? [duplicate]

I am creating a Mobile application (CRM) for another software company. They told me they need these these stuff from here and there, within 15-30 minutes. But they never provided a detailed client ...
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How does browsing speed differ in native apps, web apps, and websites?

I read an article online which I give the reference to below which compare between Native apps and web apps, in addition to standard website. It seems from that article that native apps are faster ...
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Design pattern for syncing data in android

I have been seeing two implementations for syncing data between the server and the client on majority of the apps. This assumes no GCM is set up:- Running an intent service periodically which ...
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Object oriented parser model review

First time I make use of Code Review. At the moment I'm creating an Android application and the company I'm developing it for, has a specific file format that can be used to give text based data ...
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What are the tradeoffs involved in referencing Context in a library?

Context is one of the core classes of Android, and many functions it contains are useful in Android library projects, particularly accessing configuration. What are the trade offs involved in ...
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Main activity design too busy

I have a main activity that contains many buttons. I don't want to have a list of buttons like this. I know this looks bad, only cause I threw this together to show you what I have. As you can see, I ...
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Android Design - Service vs Thread for Networking

I am writing an Android app, finally (yay me) and for this app I need persistant, but user closeable, network sockets (yes, more than one). I decided to try my hand at writing my own version of an ...
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Using private vs company devices for development at work

I'm employed at a mobile app development company since 4 months as Android developer. Currently I'm using my two private Android devices for development. Is it common practice that developers use ...
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An extensible logging architecture for Android?

The end goal is to have a variety of data sets that can all be graphically plotted against eachother. All data should correspond to a date, so that when plotted against each other, they show the ...
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In Android, is there any reason to set up a content provider for a local database?

I have an android application with a custom content provider set up to load data asychonously. The database is a local file so I'm not sure if I needed to set up a content provider at all. Sometimes I ...
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How can I test an application that depends on specific hardware

I have written an Android application. The application requires a Bluetooth connection to a very specific piece of hardware, currently a prototype. The only way I can test the app at present is to ...
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Two or one git repo for Android app + web service backend?

I'm wondering what the best practice is for my git repository structure where I have an Android application + a web service backend. In general, I'd like to release these two independently (e.g., perf ...
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What kind of problems is an Android beginner likely to encounter in using Scala?

I am a hobbyist programmer who makes and maintains one production system, largely coded in Python, which now has to be ported to Android. I don't know Java at all. However, SL4A in Android makes ...
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developing an android app that include a C++ toolkit [closed]

I'm a java developer and I want to develop an android app that capture a photo and extract its bags of visual words. To extract those bags of words I use the TOP-SURF toolkit which is written in C++ ...
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Importance of data structures in modern S/W development [closed]

During 1990s when there were no advanced frameworks/paradigms available for S/W development , knowledge on data structures was critical... which I can comprehend. But nowadays, for most of the ...
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How to audit an Android application (not rooted) without having access to its source?

How can I check if an Android application running on a not rooted device is "secure" without knowing its source? I would look for: Plain text in Web-Requests (wireshark and emulator) SQL-injection ...
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Should I use mMember and sStatic naming convention in Android? [closed]

Android source code and many Android open-source apps and libs use m prefix for member fields and s prefix for static member fields: private static boolean sStarted; private long mTimestamp; I ...
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External sqlite db file from sdcard in android

I just searched for the same but didn't get the answers. What I have is a db file which is around 100MB. I have saved the db file in sdcard . Through this db file I'm going to populate the contents ...
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Generally speaking can a Javascript-based application (iUI) be deployed without a webserver?

Suppose I have a Javascript based application written in iUI or Kendo UI. Can it be packaged in such a way they can run locally without a webserver? I have a few web applications, that with some ...
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MyListActivity, MyCursorAdapter, MyViewHolder — nested classes or not?

I am using several activities based on the ListActivity. All of them display information from different SQLite queries, and all of them use the ViewHolder optimization. The cursor adapter have to be ...
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Additional class for objects construction when working with database

I have a class derived from SQLiteOpenHelper which is all about working with a database, i.e. tables creation, insertions, data selections. All methods which deal with data selection return a Cursor. ...
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metro style on windows and android

I want to develop a rather simple app using windows 8 metro style for GUI. But i need this app to have the same appearance, GUI, for both platforms, so that end users that uses it both on PC and a ...
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Converting from web to PhoneGap

I was going through the PhonGap Documentation about how to package your HTML/JS/CSS to a platform specific "native app". They have maintained separate documentations for the separate Cordova versions ...
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use of LGPL libraries in closed source android software

I'm investigating the legal issues of using LGPL native libraries in a closed source Android software. As for now, my research on the subject shows that using LGPL libraries in closed source software ...
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Why does Android's Bundle API accept ArrayLists rather than Lists

I'm new to Android and while going through a tutorial on saving Activity state to a Bundle, I noticed that instead of accepting the more generic List interface, Bundle's put methods are expecting ...
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How to Protect Intellectual property violations from one's own team [duplicate]

I have an android app idea, I want to make the app along with a few batch-mates in my collage. (1) How do I make sure that these guys will not compromise the intellectual properties involved? In the ...
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Drop table if it already exists and then re-create it?

I was just learning about sqlite in android programming from the New Boston Travis videos and I have come across something strange: It is said that if the database does not already exists, onCreate() ...
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What's meant by, “TODO Auto-generated method stub”? [closed]

I am using eclipse for android programming, and every here and there i see the statement, "TODO Auto-generated method stub." I understand that these methods were generated automatically by eclipse ...
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Static vs. dynamic memory allocation - lots of constant objects, only small part of them used at runtime

Here are two options: Option 1: enum QuizCategory { CATEGORY_1(new MyCollection<Question>() .add(Question.QUESTION_A) .add(Question.QUESTION_B) ...
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Sync SQLite using only HTTP

I currently have a SQLite DB on my server that is needed by an android app I am currently developing. I download the DB to the android device using HTTP each time the contents are changed. Does ...
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How can I translate my android app help and keep it up to date?

My Android application is almost done and I spend much time creating a set of very precise help pages in HTML that I display using WebViews. I am now ready for the next step, which is i18n. ...
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Benefits to using fragments in Android projects

I am learning Android programming and right now and i'm reading about fragments. I understand what fragments are, but either the tutorial is missing some steps or i'm missing something. So my question ...