Android :: How To Create An Asynchronous Communication Layer

Apr 13, 2010

I want to create a communication layer in android. The layer will communicate with server asynchronously. Multiple activities should be able to call methods of the communication layer. The layer will get messages from the server (it is not important for the scope of this question how) and should be able to tell activities to do some work based on these messages.

How should I implement this? Should I do this using android Service?

The main questions that I need to answer are: How can activities access the layer? How can the layer access activities? How can i make the communication layer live for the lifetime of the application?

Android :: How to create an asynchronous communication layer

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Reasons I'm not using a class with static methods:

I need to save and store Model to disk. Some of the methods need a Context for displaying toasts, notifications, caching, etc.

Also, I don't put these functionalities in an Activity because there are several activities that manipulate the same piece of persistent data.

Below are pseudocode illustrating what I mean:

Using Service:


Make the functionality globally accessible in the custom Application object


Weaknesses I can think of for the Service approach is complexity, since Binding is asynchronous. And it's very likely that I have to repeat some code because I have both ListActivity and Activity

For the Application approach, the documentation says not to rely on onTerminate() being called.

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