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JSON stand for JavaScript Object Notation. It is a minimal, readable, format for structuring data. JSON is an independent data transmit between a server and application and is the best alternative for XML. It represents data in a text format so that can be easily parsed. In this android JSON data parsing tutorial you will learn to parse the response in order to get the required information in android app.

Android provide different classes to manipulate JSON data, they are JSONArray, JSONStringer, JSONObject and JSONTokenizer. An JSON file have many components like Array([), Objects({), Key and Value.

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JSON Parsing Android Tutorial with Example


Let’s create new android project called Android JSON Data Parsing Example to parse JSON data from web server to android app.

Android JSON Data Parsing Tutorial with Example

Following is the simple JSON data that we parse in android app. This JSON gives list of contact information.


This JSON data can be found at: https://api.myjson.com/bins/31b8v

Adding Internet Permission


We are getting JSON data from server, so we need to add internet permission in our project AndroidManifest.xml file. Just open AndroidManifest.xml file and add android.permission.INTERNET permission. AndroidManifest.xml file will looks like below.

AndroidManifest.xml


XML Layout File


Open your activity_main.xml file and add ListView with an id to display JSON data in list view. Following is the content of activity_main.xml file.
res/activity_main.xml


Again create a new XML layout file list_item.xml and add three TextView vertically with id, textColor, textStyle, textSize, etc. Following is the complete content of list_item.xml file.
res/list_item.xml


Http Handler Class


Create a new java class HttpHandler.java and add the following java code.
src/HttpHandler.java


Modify MainActivity.java File


Open your MainActivity.java file and replace it with following code.
src/MainActivity.java


Now run your application, which looks like above screenshot. After running your app, you will see name, email address, and phone number in ListView. You can change these information according to your requirement. Remember to turn on the Internet connection on your device either WiFi or mobile data, because we have loading JSON data from internet.

To rule the digital market, you need to come up with a robust, scalable and feature-rich mobile application which should be compatible with Android and iOS. The reason you should develop an app compatible with these two platforms is because they both have a huge user base and will offer a proper market for your app.

The Android and iOS operating systems have their pros and cons but in this post, we won't be discussing Android application development services or iOS development. Here you will be reading about few app development tools that will come in handy while building an innovative application. It will be good that you create an app that functions on both the platforms as it will not only help you in earn good amount of users but will also fetch you several monetary benefits.

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Given below are the few useful tools that will help you create a fully-functional mobile app:

Shoutem

Shoutem

Launched in the year 2011, this app maker is quite refined compared to the other software. Shoutem comes loaded with plenty of powerful development options such as smooth image integration and adding location-based directory which helps in building different apps that use geographical locations and photos.

Apart from that, Shoutem also helps Android apps developer to add different monetization elements like advertising support, integration of Shopify etc. As it's a paid software so the pricing starts from $19 for the basic version and if you wish to publish your app on Google Play or Apple's App store then you need to pay $49 for the advanced plan.


AppYourself

AppYourself

With this, you can develop apps compatible with iOS, Windows Phone OS, Android. You can also use it for creating pure HTML5 apps. Apart from being feature-rich this software also allows developers to build a responsive website which can be synced with the app content. Right now, this feature is in the beta phase, and the company promised to launch the full version soon.

AppYourself comes with four pricing tiers: The Web Only- €5, Basic- €15, Premium- €30 and the Enterprise Version that has a price tag of €50 & €200 and also offers a free setup. Well, you can use this software for as long as you want but to publish your app you need to purchase one of their premium

Mobile Roadie

Mobile Roadie

This app maker is one of the big players in the market. It is used for building robust enterprise apps and companies like Disney, TED.org, Cirque Du Soleil and Universal Studios got their apps developed using this software. Coming at the price point the Core version of Mobile Roadie has a price tag of $149 and the Pro version has a hefty price of $799.

As this software focuses on larger companies so small or part-time app developers don't use it much. Mobile Roadie offers great templates and gives several options to tweak them as per the requirements. Moreover, there's a huge support community where you can get in touch with other developers or designers using this app builder.


Mobincube

Mobincube

Compared to Mobile Roadie, the Mobincube positions itself as the website builder which can be used by everyone. This software comes with an Admob platform that assists in running adverts in the app. Mobincube is quite affordable and a developer has to pay $9.99 for the basic version. Another good thing about their plans is that it allows developers to go native or they can publish their app on any app store.

Mobincube is still in development phase, so you might face few technical issues or bugs while using the editor. From simple to complex, a developer can create any page type using this software. After some recent changes, you can now add HTML modules, user account registration screens, advanced forms, embedded HTML5 games and much more.

MobAppCreator

MobAppCreator

It is a newly launched software and mainly focuses on building native apps i.e. apps which can only be published on one platform. The developers of this software claim to have almost 41,000,000 apps views and rising. There are not many pre-designed templates in the app builder but the editor is very user-friendly, offers a simple interface and no technical jargons are involved.
MobAppCreator comes with a 14-day trial version which offers proper access to all the tools. The cheapest plan starts at $32.50 per month and it comes with few additional templates. And they have their own separate online store module available for the South American market.

GoodBarber

GoodBarber

This app builder comes loaded with beautiful themes and amazing features like social networking, iBeacons, Geofencing, chat system, etc. With GoodBarber you can get your native iOS and Android app developed at just €16 per month. There's an extensive showcase of apps which were developed using this software.

Apart from that, a user can also integrate different eCommerce features like Amazon, Shopify and Etsy. Their app editor is easy to use and even an amateur developer can use it to create a basic app. The only drawback of this system is they don't have their own online store.

Como DIY

Como DIY


This app maker claims that it has been used to build around 1 million apps which make it another big player in the market. They offer a spectrum of app building blocks like loyalty card feature, user reviews, events, appointment scheduling and eCommerce. Most of the restaurants, bands and museums use this software to developer their apps. It has seven unique templates that can be combined with six navigational styles.

Como DIY recently updated their pricing structure: now there is only one pricing tier which is $57 monthly, $48 yearly and $41 bi-yearly. Along with cost-effective prices, they also offer a 6-month "Success Guarantee plan" which means that Como DIY will give you six months for free if you are not able to achieve any profitable or meaningful business results with the app developed using this platform.


Wrapping Up

In this post, you will come across seven best app building software's that will surely make your app development process hassle-free. This is true that you don't need to an expert in scripting languages however if you actually want your app to get published on Android or iOS app store then you will be needing a basic coding & image editing skills. High quality graphics, features and functionalities are some of the key components that enhance the user base of an app.

Author Bio:
Xicom Technologies Ltd, is an USA based, Software and mobile application development company. We have 350+ experts who are available on the full-time, part-time and hourly basis. You can hire their developers at just $25 per hour.

Android application or game package name is very important for developer, because the package name serves as a unique identifier for the application and also unique in Google Play Store. Once you purchase application project with source code you need to change the package name of the application. The package name defines your application’s identity. But once you published your application in the market place, you cannot change the package name. If you change it, then it become new application in the play store (market place) and users of previous version cannot update to the new version.

In this tutorial you will learn to change or rename the package name of your android app from android studio. There are different ways to change package name in android studio and you will learn here. Renaming the package name on android studio is not much difficult. But also this article teaches you to change package name on android studio step by step, you can also follow similar ways in eclipse too.

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How to Change or Rename Package Name in Android Studio


Following are the steps to rename package name in android studio. If you want to change com.example.oldapp to com.example.newapp , then;

Renaming Package Name: Method 1


1. Create new package name in java directory

Go to java directory of your project (app or mobile/src/main/java), right click on that java directory > New > Package, enter your app new package (com.example.newapp) and confirm.

Rename or Change Package Name in Android Studio

2. Add Packages and Classes in New Package

Go to old package name (com.example.oldapp) select all packages and classes of old package name and copy and paste in to the new package (com.example.newapp). And click on Refactor button and then click Do Refactor.

3. Delete Old Package Name

Now you can delete old package name (com.example.oldapp).

4. Change Package Name in AndroidManifest.xml File

Open AndroidManifest.xml file and change all old package name with new one. (Change com.example.oldapp with com.example.newapp). Now clean the project top menu > Build > Clean Project.

5. Replace in Path

Right click on app/mobile directory > Replace in Path > set old package name and new package name, Case sensitive to true > Find > Replace > All Files. And again clean your project (top menu > build > clean project).

6. Synchronize Project

Go to top menu > tools > android > Sync Project with Gradle Files.


Renaming Package Name: Method 2


Rename or Change Package Name in Android Studio

1. Open project directory from left side.

2. Go to App Name/app/build/generated/source/r/debug/com/your old package without com. (example.oldapp)/R.

3. Open R.java file.

4. Right click on package name (oldapp) > Refactor > Rename > Rename Package > Enter your new package name here and click Refactor. And click Do Refactor from right bottom of android studio.

5. Open Module build.gradle file and change applicationId with new package name.(com.example.newapp).

6. Go to top menu > tools > android > Sync Project with Gradle Files.

That’s all. You have changes your android app package name using android studio. If you have any question regarding this topic please feel free to write in below comment box.

Displaying application intro/introduction slider or welcome screen in your android app is the best way of sowing major features of the app to the users at very first time. Only creating new android app is not difficult but how many users installed your app and among them how many users are active current is the most important thing. For that you have to focus on user experience and make app easy to use. App intro slider is one of the best way to show app features and ways to used them to the users.

Previously I have already wrote a tutorial about Splash Screen where you can display a single screen with short message like Welcome to Our App or some progressing activities. In this tutorial you will learn to display application intro screen with sliding function only for the first time. In the app intro slider, you can add as many screen as you like to show. And this is only display only first time to the user when they open app/game.

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Creating New Android Project


Let’s start making AppIntro Slider by creating a new project. Create a new project called Android App Introduction Slider using android studio or eclipse with empty activity.
Android AppIntro Slider Example

Adding Dependencies to your Bundle.gradle File


Open your app build.gradle file and add compile 'com.github.paolorotolo:appintro:4.1.0' dependency. Build.gradle will looks like this.
App build.gradle

And in your project build.gradle file you need to add mavenCentral() inside repositories.
Project build.gradle file:

Create AppIntro Sample Slider Class


Create a new class called AppIntroSampleSlider.java and extends Fragment. Following is the java code of AppIntroSampleSlider.java file you can directly copy and paste in your project.

src/AppIntroSampleSlider.java

Create XML Layout for App Intro Slider


Create three new xml layout files under res/layout folder and make app intro slider screens. Here I have added three screens in app intro and layout name are app_intro1.xml, app_intro2.xml and app_intro3.xml. If you want to show more screen in slider you can add according to your needs. Following are the three XML layout file for app info slider.
res/layout/app_intro1.xml

res/layout/app_intro2.xml

res/layout/app_intro3.xml

In above XML layout file I have added different layouts and views and three different images one in each file. Remember to change these images with your own.

Create New Custom Activity Class


Create a new java file called MyIntro.java and extends AppIntro. In this file you can control lots more things like animation type, show and hide Skip and status bar, vibration and lots more. Following is the complete content of MyIntro.java file.

src/MyIntro.java

If you want to change the animation type you can replace setDepthAnimation(); with setFadeAnimation(); or setZoomAnimation(); or setFlowAnimation(); or setSlideOverAnimation(); or setDepthAnimation(); or setCustomTransformer(yourCustomTransformer);

Update your MainActivity.java File


In this file you need to check first run time. Following is the complete content of MainActivity.java file.

src/ MainActivity.java

And default content of activity_main.xml file looks like this.
res/layout/activity_main.xml


Update Styles.xml File


Open your app res/values/styles.xml file and add full screen theme like below.
res/values/styles.xml

And don’t forget to change this in AndroidManifest.xml file. Android manifest file will looks like this.
AndroidManifest.xml

Colors.xml and Strings.xml File


Change the color value of colorPrimary, colorPrimaryDark, and colorAccent in res/values/colors.xml. Also add strings in res/values/strings.xml file. Colors.xml and strings.xml files will looks like below.

res/values/colors.xml


res/values/strings.xml

Now run your application which is looks like above screenshots. AppIntro slider is only visible for first time if you want to check once more you need to clear data from application info (settings/applications/application manager /choose appintro slider and click Clear Data button).

Download Complete Project Source Code


If you want to see complete source code, you can download all source code of this Android AppIntro Slider Example project from GitHub.

An animation is the process of creating shape and motion change. Implementing animations in your android app interface will give high quality feel to your application. Animation in android can be possible from many ways. In android there are mainly two types of animations which are: property animation and view animation, and under view animation there are two types of animations which are in android view animation framework: Tween animation and Frame animation. In property animation you can make an animation defined in XML by modifying an object property values, over a set period of time. View animation supports both frame and tween animations and these both animations are declared in XML file. Tween animation performs fadein, fadeout, rotating, moving and stretching of a graphic by defining in XML. And frame animation shows a sequence of objects.

In this tutorial you will learn to implement animations in your android application with one easy and widely used method of creating animation in android that is view animation (tween animation). This tween animation has some parameters like start value, end value, size, duration and so on. All XML animation resource file should be located in res/anim/animationtypename.xml. To load animation in our android application we have to call a static function loadAnimation() of the class AnimationUtils in your java file.

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There are many animation can be implement in android app or game like fading, zooming, moving, rotating, sliding, cross fading, blink, bounce, together, sequential, and many more animations. In this Android XML Animations tutorial we will look up on:
  1. Zoom In Animation
  2. Zoom Out Animation
  3. Fade In Animation
  4. Fade Out Animation
  5. Move Animation
  6. Rotate Animation
  7. Blink Animation
  8. Slide Up Animation
  9. Slide Down Animation
  10. Bounce Animation
  11. Sequential Animation

Android Animation Examples: Working with XML Animation


First let’s create a animation resource directory under res fonder names anim to keep all animation logic in XML files. Following is the one of the sample example of android animation logic in XML file, where we have to set different properties like shareInterpolator, fromXDelta, toXDelta, fromYDelta, toYDelta, duration with different values. Except shareInterpolator all are inside translate.

sample_xml_animation.xml

Load Animation in Android App Screen


To display animation to the users in app screen you have to load from java file. For that you need to use the Animation class. And load the XML animation logic using AnimationUtils class by calling the loadAnimation() function, which will look like below.

Android XML Animation Project Structure

Below is the android XML project structure, where you see the animation xml file, java activity file and android XML layout file.


Android XML Animation Project Structure


Activity_main.xml File



Open your activity_main.xml file and add the different buttons to show different animation when different buttons are clicked with a unique id and onClick attribute. Activity_main.xml file will look like below.

res/layout/activity_main.xml

Main Activity.java File



Following is the complete code of java activity file. Here is no more code just implement onClick button to open new activity and to show different animation when button is clicked.

src/MainActivity.java

AndroidManifest.xml File



In android manifest file we just add different activity name inside <application>  like below.

AndroidManifest.xml

Android XML Animation Layout File



Create a new XML layout file called android_xml_animation_layout.xml and add an ImageView inside RelativeLayout with an id, layout_width=100dp and layout_height=100dp, layout_gravity=center & src attributes like below.

res/layout/android_xml_animation_layout.xml

Android Animation Examples Java and XML Code



Here I have provide you sample XML and java code for most common android animations like fade in, fade out, zoom in, zoom out, move, rotate, blink, slide up, slide down, bounce and sequential animation.

Zoom In Android Animation



For the zoom in animation you can use <scale> tag with scale values like pivotX and pivotY for to start zoom from where in the screen use 50% in both to perform zoom in from center of screen. Likewise use other attributes like duration, fromXScale, fromYScale, toXScale and toYScale.

res/anim/zoom_in_animation.xml

And in java activity file load animation using loadAnimation() function.


src/AndroidZoomInAnimationActivity.java


Zoom Out Animation



Zoom out animation in android is like zoom in animation but the value of toXScale and toYScale are lesser than the value of fromXScale and fromYScale.
res/anim/zoom_out_animation.xml

Java activity file is look like below.


src/AndroidZoomOutAnimationActivity.java


Fade In Animation



For fade in animation use <alpha>  tag with attributes like duration, fromAlpha and toAlpha. Alpha values go from o to 1.
res/anim/fade_in_animation.xml

Now you need to load this from java activity file using loadAnimation() function. Java activity file looks like below.
src/AndroidFadeInAnimationActivity.java

Fade Out Animation



Fade out animation is exactly same to the fade in animation, but the value of alpha is opposite from 1 to 0.
res/anim/fade_out_animation.xml

Java activity file of fade out animation is looks like below.
src/AndroidFadeOutAnimationActivity.java

Move Animation



Move animation is used in order to change position of object using <translate> tag. In translate tag you need to use fromXDelta, toXDelta and duration attributes like below.
res/anim/move_animation.xml

Following is the code of java activity file of move animation.
src/AndroidMoveAnimationActivity.java

Rotate Animation



For rotate animation uses <rotate>  tag with different attributes like duration, fromDegrees, interpolater, pivotX, pivotY, startOffset and toDegrees.
res/anim/rotate_animation.xml

Java activity file
src/AndroidRotateAnimationActivity.java


Blink Animation



Blink animation is animating fade in and fade out in repetitive fashion. For that use tag with fromAlpha, toAlpha, interpolator, duration, repeatMode, repeatCount attributes, android:repeatMode="reverse" and android:repeatCount="infinite".
res/anim/blink_animation.xml

Java activity file looks like below.
src/AndroidBlinkAnimationActivity.java

Slide Up Animation



For slide up animation uses <translate> tag. In translate tag add duration, fromXDelta and toYDelta attributes.
res/anim/slide_up_animation.xml

Java code for slide up animation

src/ AndroidSlideUpAnimationActivity.java


Slide Down Animation



For slide down animation uses <translate> tag like in slide up animation but the value of toYDelta is negative.
res/anim/slide_down_animation.xml

And java activity file
src/AndroidSlideDownAnimationActivity.java

Bounce Animation



For bounce animation uses <translate>  tag. And also uses duration, fromXDelta and toXDelta attributes.
res/anim/bounce_animation.xml

Java Activity file
src/AndroidBounceAnimationActivity.java

Sequential Animation



Sequential animation means perform multiple animation in a sequential manner. For sequential android:startOffset is used from the translation to keep them sequential.
res/anim/sequential_animation.xml

Java activity file of sequential animation is looks like below.
src/AndroidSequentialAnimationActivity.java

That’s all. Above are the different android XML animations examples. I hope you like this tutorial, if you have any question regarding this tutorial you can post in comment box.

Android XML Animations Examples

Download Complete Example Project



You can download complete source code of this Android XML Animations Examples from GitHub.

In today's highly competitive market playground, businesses – small or big – must find ways to stay ahead of the curve. With mobility and mobile-dependence increasing at an exponential rate each day, a mobile app is definitely one of the sure-fire ways to for a business to widen its reach and gain considerable influence over the market. Given these facts, a mobile application should therefore be built with the utmost care to not let it fade into insignificance among the hundred thousand other apps that are in the market.

Given today's fierce competition, hiring a mobile app developer or agency requires a careful vetting process that involves knowing exactly what you should need and expect from them. To that end, here is a list of five questions that you should ask a prospective app development company that you are planning to hire.

5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Mobile App Developers


1. What is your previous experience? Can I see a published app from your portfolio?

This should be one of your primary concerns while taking on a new developer. Knowing how long they have been in the business can give you an idea of how capable they will be of taking your app on. In addition to that, asking them about apps that have been published will give you an assessment of their ability to give you exactly what your business needs. A good developer/agency will provide these details, complete with working app store links, with no hesitation.

2. Can I speak directly to a few of your previous clients?

Word-of-mouth and personal recommendation can do far more for a company's standing than anything else. Ask your prospective agencies for some of their recent references. Talking to their clients can help you gauge the kind of relationships they forged during the projects: will they be responsive enough when you need them to be or if are they realistic in setting up their milestones and sticking to them? Any reluctance to provide these freely is a red flag.


3. Tell us about your communication strategy during development.

One of the major factors that will determine the success of your app is your agency's ability to understand your business objectives thoroughly. A good company will ask a good number of questions, to ensure they are on the same page as you. They will not leave anything up to interpretation or assumption. During the development process, they will keep an open channel of communication to show you that all your requirements are being addressed and any roadblocks they run into are honestly conveyed during the process.

4. What are the core services you offer during development?

A good development team will offer everything from business analysis, development, QA beta testing and even, marketing. One key factor you need to also look at is the amount of importance that is given to making your app's design. Remember, that no matter how unique your app is, if the UI is clunky and difficult to use, it will not succeed. Extensive research on a company's previous projects is always a good idea: do the products they have developed comply with the latest standards? Do they have experience working with the latest tools and frameworks for development?

5. Will you provide any post-development/release support?

As we've said before, you need a long-term contingency plan for your mobile app. What comes next after your app has been published is probably just as, if not more, crucial. Bug-fixes and improvements will be inevitable, and you'll need to be able to address them as soon as you can. The longer the post-development support offered, the better you can trust their reliability.

Finding the right developer for your project does indeed come with a fair amount of risks, and in a way, does need a certain amount of trust to go with it. But, going in forearmed and forewarned will aid you in discerning what's right for your project.

Author Bio:
RobuestTechHouse is a Singapore-based mobile app development company (iOS & Android) focusing on eCommerce, Mobile Commerce and FinTech web. Our expert mobile app developers deliver high-end mobile app development services for consumers and large enterprises for the success of their business. You can also follow us on Facebook.

Brief history of Android app

Android application development has been a growth in the recent times. In the present scenario, the market for Android apps development is growing at a fast pace and the apps developed are getting a big round of applause from the people across the world. The chief beauty of Android-based apps is that they are easy to handle and manage.

Android, an open medium framework, widely and most commonly used to develop mobile apps is dominating the mobile app development market. There could be no denying to this fact that the platform of Android Apps Development is great when it comes to open up new and great possibilities for Android application developers, businesses, and marketers as well Of course, from creating eye-catchy and attractive games that are seductive, that sell like hot cakes, so as to making apps that users love to get their hands on and share with their loved ones, the alternatives of Android apps development service offered are almost infinite.

Reasons Why My Business Needs A Android App Development Platform

Android has a wide variety of libraries that can be utilized to extend the capabilities of an app. Android Software Development Kit can do wonders when it comes to enabling developers to create unique and creative applications that are sure to improve the utility of your equipment. To be very honest, Android OS gives customers the complete freedom to portray their imagination which results in a development of innovative applications.

Android app in Business


Almost every business person has a dream to expand their business frontier and take it to a whole new level. Now, applying android app development service, you can make your dream come true. Android have a broad range of features that brings tangible as well as intangible benefits to your business. If you are seeking for new and more simplified methods to supervise, track data as well as reports, a custom Android application can do great when it comes to making it happen for you The fact is that Android apps not only simplify your business operations but also assist you with effectively managing the varied aspects of your business. In general, they act as a powerful and lucrative means of advertising and promoting your business to lure new users, simultaneously assisting you to create brand awareness. In simple words. Android app development can leverage and benefit your business to the next level, expand your client/customer base and let you earn a considerable amount of money to help you make your business successful.

Uniqueness off the Android


For a unique presence, an app that is both robust and scalable is required, and there are a plethora of companies who specialize in offering comprehensive Android app development service. Such organizations maintain a team of highly-skilled and experienced developers who have a good experience of working for certain industry verticals and are well aware of the framework. Hiring the services of an experienced and highly skilled Android app developer who has good technical knowledge and possess the requisite skills makes sure that app developed is in the best interest of your business. To find more information about the topic, you can use the internet technology. Just browsing few websites you can approach the one that will help gather relevant stuff.

Author: Martin Brown
Martin Brown is a senior marketing executive at Top App Creators, a comprehensive listing service that acts as a platform for app development companies to showcase their services to prospective clients. You can also follow us on Facebook.
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