Category Archives: Android

Android Web Apps: SplashScreens and Icons

Splash screen support for Android Home screen apps was added in Chrome 47, released in December 2015. It gives your web apps a look much more like a native app at startup. There are a few new items in Project … Continue reading

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Locking screen orientation on Android

Chrome 28 and higher now supports setting the orientation in your app. Simply do the following: screen.orientation.lock(“landscape”) screen.orientation.lock(“portrait”) The screen will then shift to the orientation you specify and ignore the actual orientation of the device. This only works on … Continue reading

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AppStudio 4: Using the Camera

AppStudio 4 makes it much easier to use the camera from your device. Before, there was a complex chain of events which had to be managed, and a bug in iOS made things difficult. Let’s walk through a simple app. … Continue reading

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A handy little Chrome trick: FullScreen

Google recently added a little trick to Chrome, allowing apps to become full screen. It works on both the Desktop and Android devices. You’ll need to be running Chrome Version 32 or newer. To use it, add a button to … Continue reading

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Android Browser and Chrome

There has been some confusion in the Android world lately due to the two different browsers on Android devices. Some devices run one, some the other and some run both. Here’s a rundown on what we know about them and … Continue reading

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Can AppStudio apps be installed on Android without the net?

We had an interesting support question today. Is it possible to install an app created with AppStudio on an Android device without an internet connection? We got to work to see if there was a way. We found two methods:

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Use Dropbox to quickly install .apk files

Want a quick way to get an App Studio app compiled with PhoneGap onto your Android device? Use Dropbox! Build your app using PhoneGap as always. Put the resulting .apk file into your DropBox. (Get an account if you don’t … Continue reading

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PhoneGap 1.0 released!

PhoneGap has announced that Version 1.0 is now available. The release puts the focus on accessing native device APIs, which is new ground for the web. Other improvements include: * Overall API stability and “pluggable” architecture * W3C DAP API … Continue reading

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NS Basic/App Studio and PhoneGap

The most important feature of NS Basic/App Studio 1.1 is support for PhoneGap. PhoneGap is an HTML5 app platform that allows you to author native applications with web technologies and get access to APIs and app stores. It takes your … Continue reading

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Create Android .apk files using PhoneGap

From Lennie De Villiers: Instructions to compile an NSBasic app to PhoneGap on Android on MS (Windows only) Download Java JDK 1.6 Set the Java class path and add the Java bin folder to the PATH variable so that you … Continue reading

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