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Discussion in 'Android Development' started by dorlow, Dec 3, 2020.

  1. dorlow

    dorlow Well-Known Member
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    Ok, I do have some elementary programming experience. A while back, I did download android studio and created an app that just browses to one website. I still use it regularly. But, using android studio everytime I want to make a bookmark is a pain. Most bookmarks, I want them to work like an app so I can sort it in the app drawer instead of on the home screen or in chrome bookmarks.

    Is there a free android app I can download and I enter in a url and it spits out an apk file?
     



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  2. Milo Willamson

    Milo Willamson Android Expert

    Weebly is an amazing app that is also a web site on where you can, either chose it for a mobile view or not, I used it way in the past. And works amazing as an app :) One of my mutual online friends used it as a promo for our online home.
     
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  3. dorlow

    dorlow Well-Known Member
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    I'm looking to make an android app that is installed on my phone that all it does is open a web browser and goes to the one webpage its programmed to. I know I can do it with android studio. Just kind of annoying that everytime I want to do that, I have to compile an apk file. Seems like someone would just make a tool to do it quickly seeing the only code that changes before compiling is the URL.
     
  4. scott2RM

    scott2RM Newbie

    There are a lot of platforms that can help with a website building, but the last time I've been using Talenteria. It's maybe the best site builder especially if we talk about career sits. Here is their resource ( https://www.talenteria.com/ ), that can show up all the options they have for website building and features, that they implement.
     
    #4 scott2RM, Dec 17, 2020
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2020
  5. AnonCritic

    AnonCritic Lurker

    Weebly is a simple website builder. There are many analogs, for example, the same Wix.I understand that the question is completely different.
     
  6. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    Ok, this seems more simple to me than it appears to me when I read it.

    I can understand wanting to build your own app to do this, but why not just use an excellent browser that already exists- and change the homepage to the site that you wish?

    That is exactly what I have done for this site, Android Forums.
    In fact, I also have bookmarks for links to app stores and other sites that I use when answering questions here.

    I use another version of the same browser while I am at work, as I need to look up fluid capacities of various vehicles.
    Sure, I could use the computer at work, but the browser on my phone is actually faster than the website my work is using.

    Try it and see for yourself.

    Lightning is the original, but I included some varients that you may like more.

    I have used Lightning for years, so if you have any questions let me know.

    https://f-droid.org/en/packages/acr.browser.lightning/

    https://f-droid.org/en/packages/org.midorinext.android/

    https://f-droid.org/en/packages/com.cookiegames.smartcookie/
     
  7. laraming211

    laraming211 Lurker

    Yo @dorlo how can you convert your website into app. can you help me please I also want to convert my website into app. and i am full newbie so i will need your proper help.
     
    #7 laraming211, Apr 9, 2021 at 7:51 AM
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2021 at 7:49 AM
  8. dorlow

    dorlow Well-Known Member
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    Yeah I don't think most of you understand what I'm looking for. I want to enter a url into the app and have it generate an apk file that I can install and all the app will do is open an app that only shows that one website.
     
  9. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    I'm pretty sure no app like that exists, and a dev would have to build it for you(if that's possible).
     
  10. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    And how is this end result any different from the solution that I suggested?
     
  11. dorlow

    dorlow Well-Known Member
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    I actually have an app on my phone that does it. It's called web2apk. It works... Sometimes. Seems like about a 50/50 shot. Sometimes I need to try multiple times to convert one site to an APK. so, it works, but it seems like someone else would offer it and have it work more reliably.
     
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