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Best way to get thumbnails for contacts?

Discussion in 'Android Development' started by DaveInNYC, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. DaveInNYC

    DaveInNYC Member
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    So I have been banging my head trying to find out why almost none of my contacts have pictures where they "should" be (i.e. the "data15" column). Finally narrow it down to the fact that only those contacts who have pictures from gmail have their pictures in the "right" place. The contacts imported from Facebook do not have their photos in this column (even though they do have a photo_id). Any idea how to get the thumbnail for a given contact, no matter where that contact was imported from? Tomorrow I am going to comb through the Android source code, but was hoping someone might have some pointers.

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  2. regulatre

    regulatre Newbie

    These are regular contact entries that are linked to a FB, possibly through a URI or just another DB record. Can you spot a field that contains a URI link to the FB record? Where are you looking that you see the data15 and photo_id fields?
  3. DaveInNYC

    DaveInNYC Member
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    The photo_id field (ContactsContract.Contacts.PHOTO_ID) is in the main contact record in ContactsContract.Contacts.CONTENT_URI. I then look for the records in ContactsContract.Data.CONTENT_URI that have that photo_id (i.e. that table has a photo_id field as well). The actual photo should be in that table in data15 (ContactsContract.CommonDataKinds.Photo.PHOTO).

    Surprisingly enough, there are multiple records in ContactsContract.Data.CONTENT_URI with the same photo_id; I guess that, since each user has multiple records in that table, they just all have the photo_id of that contact. Even then, there are multiple rows with that photo_id that have a mimetype of vnd.android.cursor.item/photo. As I mentioned before, only a few of my contacts have their photo in the photo blob field (data15).

    However, you are right that there are some URls in those records (they are all in the data_sync1 column. However they all point to URLs that imply they are just for synching up the photo with my gmail account. So my guess is that ANY contact that is imported from gmail will have a photo_id, even if there is no current photo, and it will sync up with the URL to get it. But in my case they are all synced up; I guess I still need to find the facebook photo.

    So in a nutshell, it looks like the Android contacts app itself does some intelligent things to display an appropriate photo for a user, whereas I had thought this was just a core part of the API. Since I was just trying to make sure I was understanding data providers correctly (I am just starting to learn the API), and not really THAT interested in getting the photos themselves, I think I'll punt and move on.

    Hope this post helps some Googlers in the future :)
  4. DaveInNYC

    DaveInNYC Member
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    As a follow up, contacts that were only imported from Facebook (and are not in any of my gmail accounts) are not even *in* ContactsContract.Contacts.CONTENT_URI. This is surprising, as I had assumed that the new 2.0 API was so that one could easily access contacts from multiple accounts.
  5. jaumard

    jaumard Newbie


    I have the same problem, I try to get the facebook photo of contacts but I get null with the ContactsContract.Contacts.loadContactPhoto function...

    I know it's possible because some apps do this.

    Anyone can help me please?

    Sorry my english is limited :s

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