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Old April 15th, 2012, 09:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everybody,

I've started working on a new Android App Project - details are still secret though, sorry.

Actually it is already working for normal PC Browser, but it turned out, Android Browsers arent as handy as I thought. (Never had a Smartphone so far...)

The main problem is to create a method to pass the content or maybe even just the URL to an App or a Webservice. At the moment for PCs this is realized with a Javascript-Bookmarklet, but as far as I read, some Android Browser dont even support them - let alone the Bookmarking itself, that is horrifying to get working.

So I thought about adding a Button somewhere in the Browser - likely to the Adblock Button in the Firefox URL-Bar. But after all this seems to be really troubling aswell, the Browser wont like adding custom Buttons in there that much, and the varity of Browsers doesnt help that much either. We just need an Activitycall out of the Browser, cant be that difficult, can it?

Last opportunity seems to be developing a whole Browser, just to implement that Button - doesnt seem to be that handy. The vast majority wont install and use a completly different Browser for one single feature aswell.

After all the idea still worth troubling with it, I would love to hear some suggestions, maybe someone out there knows the problem and have been there already.

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Old April 16th, 2012, 02:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey everybody,

I've started working on a new Android App Project - details are still secret though, sorry.

Actually it is already working for normal PC Browser, but it turned out, Android Browsers arent as handy as I thought. (Never had a Smartphone so far...)

The main problem is to create a method to pass the content or maybe even just the URL to an App or a Webservice. At the moment for PCs this is realized with a Javascript-Bookmarklet, but as far as I read, some Android Browser dont even support them - let alone the Bookmarking itself, that is horrifying to get working.

So I thought about adding a Button somewhere in the Browser - likely to the Adblock Button in the Firefox URL-Bar. But after all this seems to be really troubling aswell, the Browser wont like adding custom Buttons in there that much, and the varity of Browsers doesnt help that much either. We just need an Activitycall out of the Browser, cant be that difficult, can it?

Last opportunity seems to be developing a whole Browser, just to implement that Button - doesnt seem to be that handy. The vast majority wont install and use a completly different Browser for one single feature aswell.

After all the idea still worth troubling with it, I would love to hear some suggestions, maybe someone out there knows the problem and have been there already.

Greetings,
mats
So your essentially trying to get a hyperlink/bookmark to launch an app from the webpage, unless I'm miss understanding? Seems that if your app is going to be web based it would be much easier to do the app in webview with a menu.

go here... https://developer.android.com/reference/android/webkit/WebView.html
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So your essentially trying to get a hyperlink/bookmark to launch an app from the webpage, unless I'm miss understanding? Seems that if your app is going to be web based it would be much easier to do the app in webview with a menu.

go here... https://developer.android.com/reference/android/webkit/WebView.html
Ah, that WebView thing kinda look cool already, I was looking for somethink like this already.

And yeah, I could also develope it web based at all, but how do I call to that web-based App from within any page of any Browser? Theres still a lack of that one button - or sth like that - to start it, isnt it? Maybe that question is just dumb at all, as I'm not that familiar with it so far, but that doesnt solve the hyperlink/bookmark problem?

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Ah, that WebView thing kinda look cool already, I was looking for somethink like this already.

And yeah, I could also develope it web based at all, but how do I call to that web-based App from within any page of any Browser? Theres still a lack of that one button - or sth like that - to start it, isnt it? Maybe that question is just dumb at all, as I'm not that familiar with it so far, but that doesnt solve the hyperlink/bookmark problem?

Thank you very much for dealing with my problems
I don't think it is possible to have a remote website launch an app at least I have never come across it before... It seems like that'd be a security risk to me... Which is why I suggested a webview app with a menu. Like this for example - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.roamingavatar.android&feature=searc h_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5yb2FtaW5nYXZhdG FyLmFuZHJvaWQiXQ.. it's not one of my apps but webview/gps . If your looking for a webview app I'll gladly give you the code to get you started and you can expand/modify it as needed... you can download it from my blog site...
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