Splash Screen for Android

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  1. Tony Vainikos
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    Posted 30 Oct 2012 Link to this post

    I see in the properties how I can add the splash screens for the iOS device, but there isn't a place for adding a graphic to be used as the splash screen for the Android. Please tell me how I can do this. Thanks in advanced.
  2. Nikolay Tsenkov
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    Posted 31 Oct 2012 Link to this post

    Hello Lisa,

    Thank you for giving Icenium a try. We hope that you'll enjoy our product as much as we do.
    And thanks for reporting the lack of a way to change these properties.

    As with any new product we are still missing many things, so please keep giving us feedback. We highly appreciate it.

    I can't commit on ETA, but we will implement Android Splash Screen properties for future releases.

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  3. Jan-Dirk
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    Posted 01 Nov 2012 Link to this post

    Not sure if I understand you correctly. A splash screen, as I have understand, is required for iOS apps. You can add it by moving your mouse over the 'splash' placeholders and then click on it. Then you just browse to your image and select it.

    You have to add a splash image for all resolutions!
  4. Tony Vainikos
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    Posted 01 Nov 2012 Link to this post

    A splash screen isn't REQUIRED for an Android but adds to the users experience because when they launch the app they aren't just displayed a black screen...especially if your main page does some initial things before starting ... the user might think your app isn't loading. PhoneGap does allow for a splash screen for Android.

    I look forward to having this feature built into Icenium, but in the meantime, is there some sort of workaround?
  5. Nikolay Tsenkov
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    Posted 01 Nov 2012 Link to this post

    Hello,

    There isn't such a workaround, I am afraid, since the splash screen is shown before the webview has loaded.

    We will notify you in this same thread once it's implemented.

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  6. Jan-Dirk
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    Posted 02 Nov 2012 Link to this post

    Cordova 2.2.0 is out and contains support for Splash Screens: http://docs.phonegap.com/en/edge/cordova_splashscreen_splashscreen.md.html#Splashscreen

    However, besides the fact that Icenium does not (yet) support 2.2.20, you will have add 2 lines in the onCreate method of the class that extends DroidGap and I don't think that is possible with Icenium at the moment.
  7. Nikolay Tsenkov
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    Posted 02 Nov 2012 Link to this post

    Hi,

    Nope, this is not supported.
    We are currently working on enabling Cordova 2.2.0 support.
    After this we will implement Android Splash Screens support.


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  8. Tony Vainikos
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    Posted 06 Nov 2012 Link to this post

    This is great news. Do you have an estimate time of implementation for this? I would really love to have a splash screen for my first deployment of my Android app. I know this might not sound like an important feature, but for my "powers that be" ... branding is everything. Before discovering your product, I was using another product very similar to build, and it allowed for splash screens by simply placing them in a specifically named folder. I really want to continue to use your product for the Android version since it works so well for my development environment.
  9. Stefan Dobrev
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    Posted 07 Nov 2012 Link to this post

    Hi Lisa,

    We do plan to update Icenium on a regular bases (we are cloud based product in our core). Please stay tuned for upcoming roadmap announcements on our website.

    All the best,
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  10. Tony Vainikos
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    Posted 19 Nov 2012 Link to this post

    Any update on the splash screen for Androids yet?
  11. Stefan Dobrev
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    Posted 20 Nov 2012 Link to this post

    It is in our backlog with high priority, so it should be available in one of our next public releases. Do you have a strict deadline for your project?


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  12. Jan-Dirk
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    Posted 20 Nov 2012 Link to this post

    Not the preferred way, but while waiting for an official Splash plugin in Icenium, you could use this:
    GUI APK Tool for decompiling/recompiling APKs

    I haven't tried it myself, but I am going to try soon to:
    - Build APK with Icenium
    - Decompile with this tool
    - Add the plugin I need
    - Recompile APK

    A few extra steps, but maybe worth the effort.
  13. Dennis
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    Posted 30 Nov 2012 Link to this post

    Are there any official dates for the Cordova 2.2.0 support? Will it be in the next days?
    We currently use Icenium to develop and test. Our app will has to be released in early december and we have to decide if we have to use xcode/eclipse or icenium to finish te app.
  14. Stefan Dobrev
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    Posted 03 Dec 2012 Link to this post

    Hi all,

    The next version is due to the first half of December. Cordova 2.2 support is there, along with iPhone 5 support and many other fixes and improvements. Android splash-screen support did not make it for this release and will be available in the next one. 

    Hope this helps,
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  15. Tony Vainikos
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    Posted 20 Dec 2012 Link to this post

    Awww...so when do you forsee the next release will be where I might be able to expect the splash screen. My project is due to go into production second week in January.
  16. Evgeni "Zammy" Petrov
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    Posted 25 Dec 2012 Link to this post

    Hello Lisa,

     As our users needs grow we are planning for quite rapid release cycle. We are expecting to have our next release at the end of January. We'll do our best to include Android splashscreen feature in it. If that's not too late for you. 

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  17. Tony Vainikos
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    Posted 29 Jan 2013 Link to this post

    Well I still haven't deployed my Android version. Was kind of waiting to see what happen with the latest release and the splash screen. Can you update me as to if this is expected in the end of January modifications???
  18. Evgeni "Zammy" Petrov
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    Posted 30 Jan 2013 Link to this post

    Hello Lisa,

    I can confirm that our next release (expected in the first half February) will have splash screens for Android. :)

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  19. Tony Vainikos
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    Posted 01 Feb 2013 Link to this post

    Yeah, that might be just in time for my Android release!!!
  20. Jan-Dirk
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    Posted 05 Feb 2013 Link to this post

    Lisa,

    Just a heads up!

    I just noticed that a new version is released and found that the in Properties -> Android your long waited 'Splash screen' is available...

    Have fun with it!

    Jan-Dirk
  21. Stefan Dobrev
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    Posted 05 Feb 2013 Link to this post

    @JD as always you are announcing our updates even before us. Thanks for this :)

    @All Here are the release notes for the v1.2 bits. Hope you like it.

    -sdobrev

  22. Tony Vainikos
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    Posted 05 Feb 2013 Link to this post

    I KNOW!!! I accepted the upgrade this morning holding my breath to see if it was there, and yea!!! it was. I configured it in my app but haven't tested it yet. I am also thrilled about the ability to enter a short name for the iPhone users. This was definitely an issue with my app. Thanks, and keep up the good work!! :-)

    BTW ... I found some instructions about how to do the 9-patch online using PhotoShop because i didn't have the SDK installed to do it, so I hope it's right. But if you have some suggestions or resources for me to really understand how to create one of these 9.png's then it would be greatly appreciated.
  23. Kristian D. Dimitrov
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    Posted 06 Feb 2013 Link to this post

    Hi Lisa,

    In order to draw a 9-patch image using Photoshop, just make your image with 1px transparent border and draw with 1px, #000000 color pencil the area you want to use for the content and the stretchable area. Then save the image using "save for web" in png-24 or png-8, if you use less colors. In the options check Transparency, matte none, metadata none.

    These are two nice blog posts describing how 9-patch works: here and here. I also found this online tool for making 9-patch images - here. Just drag an image and start editing the fill and stretch areas.

    I attached our splash-screen for the coffee app for your reference as well.

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  24. Jan-Dirk
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    Posted 06 Feb 2013 Link to this post

    Here is another nice tool to make 9-patch images: http://www.roundrect.kr/en/desktop/better-9-patch/

    Much easier to work with than any other tool. Here is a video that demonstrates the tool: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqc6c53-byQ

    Unfortunately, the 9-patch png that I created seems to show as a totally white image????
  25. Kristian D. Dimitrov
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    Posted 07 Feb 2013 Link to this post

    Hi Jan-Dark,

    We'll appreciate it, if you can give us a link to the file, that causes this unexpected behavior. If you can't - just check that the right parts of the image get stretched.

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  26. Jan-Dirk
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    Posted 07 Feb 2013 Link to this post

    Kristian,

    I have been mailing with your colleague Evgeni Petrov. Is it okay if I send the image to him so he can forward it to you?
  27. Kristian D. Dimitrov
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    Posted 07 Feb 2013 Link to this post

    Hello,

    Could you please send it to support{at}icenium.com?

    All the best,
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  28. Jan-Dirk
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    Posted 07 Feb 2013 Link to this post

    Mail sent! Thank you Kristian.
  29. Kristian D. Dimitrov
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    Posted 11 Feb 2013 Link to this post

    Hello Jan-Dirk,

    I tested the 9-patch image you sent on 2.3.6, 3.2, 4.0.4, 4.1.1 Android devices and it worked fine. I have used the default Kendo project template. Please try it on new Kendo project and if it still shows white image can you please send to us on what kind of device and OS you are reproducing it?

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  30. Jan-Dirk
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    Posted 12 Feb 2013 Link to this post

    I thought I typed a reply a few minutes ago, but I don't see it here...

    Kristan,

    I tested a little more and I see that the splash screen shows when I set project properties to compile with Cordova 2.2.0, but not works with 2.0.0.

    However, when I set my project to Cordova 2.2.0 I get gap_callback alerts (usePolling, getPort and one more). It seems that this happens when an incorrect cordova version is referenced to...

    Can you check that?
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