Monthly Archives: May 2013

iOS Simulator Location Servies Settings

In iOS Simulator, if you choose “Don’t Allow” when you are prompted “Your App” Would Like to Use Your Current Location, there is no obvious way to turn it on back.

Here is a solution.

  1. Start Settings in the simulator.
  2. Select “Reset Location & Privacy” in the General – Reset.
  3.  Select “Reset Warnings” when you are prompted.

That’s all.

Now you will see the selection dialog when you start your app using Core Location.

Problems in updating Android SDK Tools with rev. 22

You may find an error after updating your Android SDK with Rev. 22. When you restart the ADT, you will see this error.

This Android SDK requires Android Developer Toolkit version 22.0.0 or above.
Current version is 21.x.x.
Please update ADT to the latest version.

The problem is you will not be able to update it from the “Check Updates” button. Clicking the button leads you to the “No updates were found” window along with the “Problem Occurred” window. If you ignore the problem, this error prevents us from running any of your existing projects.

This is because of the wrong URL of the Android Developer Tools Update Site. You cannot fix this problem by changing the Install/Update – Available Software Sites – Android Developer Tools Update Site since it adds automatically “content.xml” at the end of the URL.

Here is a list of steps that you need to take.

  1. Help – Install New Software in the ADT menu.
  2. Type https://dl-ssl.google.com/android/eclipse/site.xml in “Work with:” and Enter.
  3. You can see the “Developer Tools” item.
  4. Select it and click Next.
  5. Click Next one more.
  6. Click Finish accepting the terms of the license agreements.
  7. Click OK in the “Security Warning” window.
  8. Let the installer restart ADT after installing the tools.

That’s it.

Posters at the Celebrate Achievement Expo

During Homecoming Weekend, posters from the M:IR lab were presented at the Celebrate Achievement Expo from 9-11 a.m. May 18.

Microsoft kinetic sensor for real-time color tracking robot
Matthew Clark, David Feldpausch, and Girma Tewolde, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Low-cost dashboard for an electric scooter
Trifon Tsekov, Girma Tewolde, Jae Kwon and Kevin Bai, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Development of a modular LED display controller

Dan Gudorf and Girma Tewolde, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Kettering University Robotics Team – Intelligent ground vehicle competition
Jorge Horcasitas, Lex Lombardi and Girma Tewolde, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Design and implementation of LED dimming system with intelligent sensor module
Jaerock Kwon, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

GoogleMaps Demo

Here is a simple example of Android Maps v2 using MapFragment. We are assuming that the Google Play services SDK is installed. If you don’t have the SDK, please install before this. See details at here.

New Project

  • File > New > Android Application Project
    • Application Name: MapsDemo
    • Package Name: edu.kettering.mapsdemo
    • Minimum Required SDK: API 11: Android 3.0
      • Note: Fragment was introduced in API 11
    • Compile With: Google APIs (Google Inc.) (API 17)
      • If you have not installed Google APIs, Install it using the Android SKD Manager. Google APIs are the superset of Android APIs. This means “Google API level 17″ means “Android 4.2.2 (level 17) + Google APIs.”
  • Use default values for all the options.

Adding Library

Add Google Play services library.

  • Project > Properties.
  • Select Android in the left. Find the Library pane. Click “Add…” and select “google-play-services_lib”

Adding MapFragment

  • Open “activity_main.xml” and delete the text view.
  • Drag the “Fragment” in the “Layout” Palette and drop on the main layout.
    • “Choose Fragment Class” will be prompted.
    • Find “MapFragment.”
  • Align the fragment by adjusting the size. The root layout is RelativeLayout. So drag the border lines and drop at the end of the window left, top, right, and bottom.
  • Change the id to “@+id/map”
<RelativeLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    xmlns:tools="http://schemas.android.com/tools"
    android:layout_width="match_parent"
    android:layout_height="match_parent"
    android:paddingBottom="@dimen/activity_vertical_margin"
    android:paddingLeft="@dimen/activity_horizontal_margin"
    android:paddingRight="@dimen/activity_horizontal_margin"
    android:paddingTop="@dimen/activity_vertical_margin"
    tools:context=".MainActivity" >

    <fragment
        android:id="@+id/map"
        android:name="com.google.android.gms.maps.MapFragment"
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:layout_alignParentBottom="true"
        android:layout_alignParentLeft="true"
        android:layout_alignParentTop="true" />

</RelativeLayout>

Using GoogleMap class

We can get a GoogleMap object using FragmentManager. A MapFragment can be acquired from findFragmentById. The map can get from getMap().

package edu.kettering.mapsdemo;

import com.google.android.gms.maps.CameraUpdateFactory;
import com.google.android.gms.maps.GoogleMap;
import com.google.android.gms.maps.MapFragment;
import com.google.android.gms.maps.model.LatLng;
import com.google.android.gms.maps.model.MarkerOptions;

import android.app.Activity;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.Menu;

public class MainActivity extends Activity {
	static final LatLng ketteringLatLng = new LatLng(43.013651,-83.713498);
	private GoogleMap map;

	@Override
	protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
		super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
		setContentView(R.layout.activity_main);

		map = ((MapFragment)getFragmentManager().findFragmentById(R.id.map)).getMap();
		map.addMarker(new MarkerOptions().position(ketteringLatLng).title("Kettering"));
		map.moveCamera(CameraUpdateFactory.newLatLngZoom(ketteringLatLng, 15));
	}

	@Override
	public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) {
		// Inflate the menu; this adds items to the action bar if it is present.
		getMenuInflater().inflate(R.menu.main, menu);
		return true;
	}

}

Getting an API Key

Get an API Key with the package name, “edu.kettering.mapsdemo” and the SHA-1 fingerprint. See this article for more detail.

Editing AndroidManifest.xml

We need to add permission, uses-permission, use-feature, and meta-data. “edu.kettering.mapsdemo”s in red should be replaced with your app’s package name.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    package="edu.kettering.mapsdemo"
    android:versionCode="1"
    android:versionName="1.0" >

    <uses-sdk
        android:minSdkVersion="11"
        android:targetSdkVersion="17" />

    <!-- Start Maps -->
    <permission
        android:name="edu.kettering.mapsdemo.permission.MAPS_RECEIVE"
        android:protectionLevel="signature"/>
    <uses-permission android:name="edu.kettering.mapsdemo.permission.MAPS_RECEIVE" />
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET"/>
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE"/>
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION"/>
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION"/>
    <uses-permission android:name="com.google.android.providers.gsf.permission.READ_GSERVICES"/>
    <uses-feature
        android:glEsVersion="0x00020000"
        android:required="true"/>
    <!-- End of Maps -->

    <application
        android:allowBackup="true"
        android:icon="@drawable/ic_launcher"
        android:label="@string/app_name"
        android:theme="@style/AppTheme" >

        <!-- Start Maps -->
        <meta-data
      		android:name="com.google.android.maps.v2.API_KEY"
      		android:value="YOUR_OWN_KEY"/>
        <!-- End of Maps -->

        <activity
            android:name="edu.kettering.mapsdemo.MainActivity"
            android:label="@string/app_name" >
            <intent-filter>
                <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />

                <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
            </intent-filter>
        </activity>
    </application>

</manifest>

Getting Ready to Use Google Maps Android API v2

Why do we need another tutorial for Google Maps Android API v2? I have discovered little things are missed or inaccurate in tutorials here and there (even in Google’s developer guideline). I do not want to repeat every single detail that you can find other places. This can be a supplementary material for Google’s developer guide for Google Maps Android API v2.

We know what the Google Maps is already. Also the 2nd version was introduced many months ago. Google Maps API in Android was also improved and named v2. Many things have  changed since last year.

Let’s get started. I am assuming we are using Eclipse as an IDE.

Install Google Play services SDK

To use Google Maps in Android we should have Google Play services. I don’t know why Google uses the name “Play” for Maps services. Anyway…

  • Start the Android SDK Manager.
  • Find Google Play services in the Extras.
  • Install the package by clicking “Install …” button.

Get the library for Google Play services

After the package is installed. We have to make the library usable for other projects.

  • Import the library so that my project can use it.
    • Go to File > Import > Android > Existing Android Code … and click Next.
    • Browse and find “<your android sdk folder>/extras/google/google_play_services/libproject/google-play-services_lib” and click Finish.
  • We just installed Google Play services library.

Make the sample app, maps work.

There are few samples in the Google Play services SDK. Let us make “maps” work. We could use this as a working template that can be utilized for future projects.

  • Import the sample.
    • Go to File > Import > Android > Existing Android Code … and click Next.
    • Browse and find “<your android sdk folder>/extras/google/google_play_services/samples/maps”.
    • The default new project name of the sample is “MainActivity.” This is not a smart choice at all. Let us change it to something more meaningful such as “MapsSample” before you click the Finish button.
    • Also make sure that you check “Copy projects into workspace” so that the original code is intact.
  • Well.. you can see tons of errors. Look hopeless. But do not worry. We will fix them shortly.
    • Go to Project > Properties.
    • Find Android in the left. You will see the Library pane in your right. If you see the ‘X’ mark in red, select it and click Remove.
    • Click Add… and select the “google-play-services_lib” item. Click OK. Now you can see the check mark in green.
  • Most errors should be gone now. RetainMapActivity has some errors that are from using “FragmentActivity.”
    • Fragment was introduced in Android 3.0 (API level 11). ADT (Build: v21.1.0-569685) makes templates using minSDK 8. The example was written using Support Lib anyway. Let us use the support library.
  • Add a support lib v4 into the project.
    • Make the “libs” folder inside the project folder. If you followed my recommendation in naming the project, the folder name is “MapsSample” and the “libs” folder must be inside the folder.
    • Find “android-support-v4.jar” at “<your android sdk folder>/extras/android/support/v4/” and copy it into the “libs” folder.
    • Go to Project > Properties.
    • Find “Java Build Path” in the left. Select the “Libraries” tab and click “Add External JARs…” Find the “android-support-v4.jar” file. Note: Do not select the jar file inside the Android SDK folder.
    • This must remove all remaining errors.
  • Run the app. You may see the program crashes.
    • Go to Project > Properties.
    • Find “Java Build Path” in the left. Select the “Libraries” tab.  Find the “android-support-v4.jar” file and remove it. I know, I know.. This is a strange step. But it should fix the crash.
  • If you still see errors from GoogleMap related packages and classes, just choose “Fix project setup..” from the Quick Fix suggestion and select “Add archive ‘google-play-services.jar – ….” and click OK. This will add “google-play-services.jar” into the build path.

Emulator

As of writing this Android emulator does not support Google Play services. We should use an actual Android device.

API Key

An API Key is required to use Google Play services.  To get a key we need an SHA-1 fingerprint and the application registration with the Google Maps Android API v2.

SHA-1 fingerprint

  • Locate debug.keysotre file in the “.android” in the current user folder.
    • /Users/<user name>/.android/ or ~/.android/
  • List the SJA-1 fingerprint.
    • keytool -list -v -keystore ~/.android/debug.keystore -alias androiddebugkey -storepass android -keypass android
  • Find the “SHA1:” line in the output.
    • Alias name: androiddebugkeyCreation date: Apr 4, 2013
      Entry type: PrivateKeyEntry
      Certificate chain length: 1
      Certificate[1]:
      Owner: CN=Android Debug, O=Android, C=US
      Issuer: CN=Android Debug, O=Android, C=US
      Serial number: 515de791
      Valid from: Thu Apr 04 16:50:25 EDT 2013 until: Sat Mar 28 16:50:25 EDT 2043
      Certificate fingerprints:
       MD5: 11:22:33:44:A8:0E:99:00:33:94:44:33:55:7E:66:FD
       SHA1: FF:CC:BB:16:99:E3:AA:FF:55:44:42:77:AE:55:46:99:43:55:88:C2
       Signature algorithm name: SHA1withRSA
       Version: 3
    • Copy the hexa-decimal string after “SHA1:” (Note that the string above is not actual fingerprint)

Registration

  • Go to https://code.google.com/apis/console/
  • Select “Services” and find “Google Maps Android API v2″ in the middle of the list.
    • Turn the switch on.
  • Select API Access.
    • Click “Create new Android key…”
    • Paste the copied SHA-1 fingerprint and put ‘;’ followed by the package name (com.example.mapdemo).
  • Find “API key:” in the “Key for Android apps (with certificates)”

Put the Key into AndroidManifest.xml

Locate AndroidManifest.xml and open it. Find “YOUR_OWN_KEY” and replace it with the API key.

<application
  android:icon="@drawable/ic_launcher"
  android:label="@string/demo_title"
  android:hardwareAccelerated="true">
  <meta-data
    android:name="com.google.android.maps.v2.API_KEY"
    android:value="YOUR_OWN_KEY"/>

Connect your Android device and execute the sample. You will see “Google Maps API Demos” app.

Broadcast Receiver Demo

In this demo a broadcast receiver will be implemented to show how to receive a broadcast.

Here is the action list from API 17. You can find the text file inside your ADT directory (/sdk/platforms/android-<version>/data/broadcast_actions.txt).


android.app.action.ACTION_PASSWORD_CHANGED
android.app.action.ACTION_PASSWORD_EXPIRING
android.app.action.ACTION_PASSWORD_FAILED
android.app.action.ACTION_PASSWORD_SUCCEEDED
android.app.action.DEVICE_ADMIN_DISABLED
android.app.action.DEVICE_ADMIN_DISABLE_REQUESTED
android.app.action.DEVICE_ADMIN_ENABLED
android.bluetooth.a2dp.profile.action.CONNECTION_STATE_CHANGED
android.bluetooth.a2dp.profile.action.PLAYING_STATE_CHANGED
android.bluetooth.adapter.action.CONNECTION_STATE_CHANGED
android.bluetooth.adapter.action.DISCOVERY_FINISHED
android.bluetooth.adapter.action.DISCOVERY_STARTED
android.bluetooth.adapter.action.LOCAL_NAME_CHANGED
android.bluetooth.adapter.action.SCAN_MODE_CHANGED
android.bluetooth.adapter.action.STATE_CHANGED
android.bluetooth.device.action.ACL_CONNECTED
android.bluetooth.device.action.ACL_DISCONNECTED
android.bluetooth.device.action.ACL_DISCONNECT_REQUESTED
android.bluetooth.device.action.BOND_STATE_CHANGED
android.bluetooth.device.action.CLASS_CHANGED
android.bluetooth.device.action.FOUND
android.bluetooth.device.action.NAME_CHANGED
android.bluetooth.device.action.UUID
android.bluetooth.devicepicker.action.DEVICE_SELECTED
android.bluetooth.devicepicker.action.LAUNCH
android.bluetooth.headset.action.VENDOR_SPECIFIC_HEADSET_EVENT
android.bluetooth.headset.profile.action.AUDIO_STATE_CHANGED
android.bluetooth.headset.profile.action.CONNECTION_STATE_CHANGED
android.bluetooth.input.profile.action.CONNECTION_STATE_CHANGED
android.bluetooth.pan.profile.action.CONNECTION_STATE_CHANGED
android.hardware.action.NEW_PICTURE
android.hardware.action.NEW_VIDEO
android.hardware.input.action.QUERY_KEYBOARD_LAYOUTS
android.intent.action.ACTION_POWER_CONNECTED
android.intent.action.ACTION_POWER_DISCONNECTED
android.intent.action.ACTION_SHUTDOWN
android.intent.action.AIRPLANE_MODE
android.intent.action.BATTERY_CHANGED
android.intent.action.BATTERY_LOW
android.intent.action.BATTERY_OKAY
android.intent.action.BOOT_COMPLETED
android.intent.action.CAMERA_BUTTON
android.intent.action.CONFIGURATION_CHANGED
android.intent.action.DATE_CHANGED
android.intent.action.DEVICE_STORAGE_LOW
android.intent.action.DEVICE_STORAGE_OK
android.intent.action.DOCK_EVENT
android.intent.action.DREAMING_STARTED
android.intent.action.DREAMING_STOPPED
android.intent.action.EXTERNAL_APPLICATIONS_AVAILABLE
android.intent.action.EXTERNAL_APPLICATIONS_UNAVAILABLE
android.intent.action.FETCH_VOICEMAIL
android.intent.action.GTALK_CONNECTED
android.intent.action.GTALK_DISCONNECTED
android.intent.action.HEADSET_PLUG
android.intent.action.INPUT_METHOD_CHANGED
android.intent.action.LOCALE_CHANGED
android.intent.action.MANAGE_PACKAGE_STORAGE
android.intent.action.MEDIA_BAD_REMOVAL
android.intent.action.MEDIA_BUTTON
android.intent.action.MEDIA_CHECKING
android.intent.action.MEDIA_EJECT
android.intent.action.MEDIA_MOUNTED
android.intent.action.MEDIA_NOFS
android.intent.action.MEDIA_REMOVED
android.intent.action.MEDIA_SCANNER_FINISHED
android.intent.action.MEDIA_SCANNER_SCAN_FILE
android.intent.action.MEDIA_SCANNER_STARTED
android.intent.action.MEDIA_SHARED
android.intent.action.MEDIA_UNMOUNTABLE
android.intent.action.MEDIA_UNMOUNTED
android.intent.action.MY_PACKAGE_REPLACED
android.intent.action.NEW_OUTGOING_CALL
android.intent.action.NEW_VOICEMAIL
android.intent.action.PACKAGE_ADDED
android.intent.action.PACKAGE_CHANGED
android.intent.action.PACKAGE_DATA_CLEARED
android.intent.action.PACKAGE_FIRST_LAUNCH
android.intent.action.PACKAGE_FULLY_REMOVED
android.intent.action.PACKAGE_INSTALL
android.intent.action.PACKAGE_NEEDS_VERIFICATION
android.intent.action.PACKAGE_REMOVED
android.intent.action.PACKAGE_REPLACED
android.intent.action.PACKAGE_RESTARTED
android.intent.action.PACKAGE_VERIFIED
android.intent.action.PHONE_STATE
android.intent.action.PROVIDER_CHANGED
android.intent.action.PROXY_CHANGE
android.intent.action.REBOOT
android.intent.action.SCREEN_OFF
android.intent.action.SCREEN_ON
android.intent.action.TIMEZONE_CHANGED
android.intent.action.TIME_SET
android.intent.action.TIME_TICK
android.intent.action.UID_REMOVED
android.intent.action.USER_PRESENT
android.intent.action.WALLPAPER_CHANGED
android.media.ACTION_SCO_AUDIO_STATE_UPDATED
android.media.AUDIO_BECOMING_NOISY
android.media.RINGER_MODE_CHANGED
android.media.SCO_AUDIO_STATE_CHANGED
android.media.VIBRATE_SETTING_CHANGED
android.media.action.CLOSE_AUDIO_EFFECT_CONTROL_SESSION
android.media.action.OPEN_AUDIO_EFFECT_CONTROL_SESSION
android.net.conn.BACKGROUND_DATA_SETTING_CHANGED
android.net.nsd.STATE_CHANGED
android.net.wifi.NETWORK_IDS_CHANGED
android.net.wifi.RSSI_CHANGED
android.net.wifi.SCAN_RESULTS
android.net.wifi.STATE_CHANGE
android.net.wifi.WIFI_STATE_CHANGED
android.net.wifi.p2p.CONNECTION_STATE_CHANGE
android.net.wifi.p2p.DISCOVERY_STATE_CHANGE
android.net.wifi.p2p.PEERS_CHANGED
android.net.wifi.p2p.STATE_CHANGED
android.net.wifi.p2p.THIS_DEVICE_CHANGED
android.net.wifi.supplicant.CONNECTION_CHANGE
android.net.wifi.supplicant.STATE_CHANGE
android.speech.tts.TTS_QUEUE_PROCESSING_COMPLETED
android.speech.tts.engine.TTS_DATA_INSTALLED

android.intent.action.PHONE_STATE will be used in this demo.

First we need to add READ_PHONE_STATE permission. Open “AndroidManifest.xml” and add the permission.


<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE"/>

Add a receiver tag with a proper name in the “AndroidManifest.xml” file.

        <receiver android:name="PhoneEventReceiver">
            <intent-filter>
                <action android:name="android.intent.action.PHONE_STATE">
                    
                </action>
            </intent-filter>
        </receiver>

Create a new class named “PhoneEventReceiver” inheriting the “BroadcastReceiver” class.

package edu.kettering.broadcastreceiverdemo;

import android.content.BroadcastReceiver;
import android.content.Context;
import android.content.Intent;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.telephony.TelephonyManager;
import android.util.Log;

public class PhoneEventReceiver extends BroadcastReceiver {
	private static final String mDebugTag = "MY_DEBUG" ;
	@Override
	public void onReceive(Context context, Intent intent) {
		// TODO Auto-generated method stub
		Bundle extras = intent.getExtras();
		if(extras == null) 
			return;
		String state = extras.getString(TelephonyManager.EXTRA_STATE);
		Log.d(mDebugTag, state);
		
		if (state.equals(TelephonyManager.EXTRA_STATE_RINGING)) {
			String phoneNumber = extras
					.getString(TelephonyManager.EXTRA_INCOMING_NUMBER);
			Log.d(mDebugTag, phoneNumber);
		}
	}
}
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