1. Keep the lights on for Android Activities

    Sometimes it's necessary for an Activity to keep the screen on, e.g. for an eBook reader. Of course usually you should not force the screen on. It would be possible to use wake lock, but we don't want to do this, as it usually introduces a lot of bugs…

    on android, wake lock, activity, view, screen

  2. Moose updated and now on Google Play

    I just released a tiny update to my latest Android app Moose. Basically just improves the login dialog by adding a registration and forgot password web link. Additionally some minor bug fixes. Version 1.0.1 was submitted to the Amazon App Store for testing and is now also available…

    on project, update, release, Moose, Google Play, Amazon Android App Store

  3. Android Arsenal is your directory of free and paid libraries

    I want to quickly introduce you to Android Arsenal, a website that collects all kinds of libraries – free as well as paid – that you can include in your next Android project or app update. The website is quite simple and currently lists 550 free and 62 paid libraries as well…

    on android, library, directory

  4. Access AndroidManifest versionName from Java

    Some time ago I wrote about how to access meta-data from the AndroidManifest in Java code. Of course it's also possible to access the app version name or version code directly from Java. try { String pkgName = context.getPackageName(); PackageInfo packageInfo = context.getPackageManager().getPackageInfo(pkgName, 0); String versionName = packageInfo.versionName; String…

    on android, metadata, tips & tricks, AndroidManifest

  5. Prevent Android dialogs from automatically dismissing

    As I'm currently working on a lot of Android projects, I run into some unexpected problems. Here's another useful tip when working with Dialogs on Android. The "Problem" When clicking a Button on an AlertDialog the dialog will automatically dismiss. Often, this is not the expected result – especially when asking…

    on tips & tricks, android, dialog, alertdialog

  6. dev.alopix.net now points to alopix.net

    A week ago I finally made the switch to Ghost and up until now I am quite satisfied. Only disadvantage is, that I can't wait for the next Ghost software updates 😉. Just now I finished migrating all the data from Blogger – the only thing left was forwarding from dev.alopix…

    on blogger, ghost, move, forward