Android :: Orientation Change - Dialog Above Activity With Fixed Orientation

May 14, 2009

I have created an activity for my game which handles all orientation changes by itself and has a fixed "portrait" layout. Actually it uses the accelerometer and is rendered using 2D canvas methods. If the level has been completed I show up a highscore dialog in which the user can enter his name. The dialog is floating above the underlying level screen which gets blurred out nicely. This generally works.

Problem is that the dialog does not get rotated if the orientation of the phone changes. So even if the keyboard is exposed the dialog is shown in portrait mode instead of landscape. I have tried to use an activity with dialog theme instead but the behavior didn't change. After several tries it seems that I have found the reason for this: Once there's an activity with fixed orientation in the activity stack then all subsequent activities keep this orientation, too. They will not react on orientation changes anymore (e.g. if the keyboard gets exposed).

After upgrading to 1.5 SDK the described behavior changed a little bit. Now at subactivities indead react on orientation changes like expected. However, the need to have an opaque background! That means that neither dialogs nor activities with dialog theme will work. Those will stick with the orientation of the underlaying activity. So my workaround is to first start a sub-activity with an opaque black background. This activity then shows my highscore dialog on top. It looks quite okay but I wonder if there's a better solution? Is it possible to show a dialog above a fixed portrait or landscape activity which automatically adapts to orientation changes?

Android :: orientation change - Dialog above activity with fixed orientation


Android :: Dialog Is Leaked On Orientation Change

Jun 23, 2010

built a simple app that displays an alertDialog with two buttons.The problem is it's not getting dismissed when i change orientation. After change i get a leak warning on debugger and the dialog appears twice(pressing back hides the first dialog, only a second back dismisses it completely).

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Android :: What's Best Way To Handle An Task Progress Dialog On Orientation Change?

May 27, 2009

I have an app that communicates with a server.While it is communicating, it shows a progress dialog.The way this actually works is that I have a class that I call my Network Gateway.Each method takes a Handler as a callback so that the gateway can send back the response as a bundle when it has finished. Right now when someone changes orientation while a network operation is occuring, the activity doesn't know that a thread is running the network code and then the callback might be invalid.What's the right way to do this? I want to make it so that after the orientation switch, the activity can check something to see if a network operation is running and if so, display the progress dialog again and wait for the callback, or set itself as the callback handler now, invalidating the old one.My first guess is that this is exactly the kind of thing services were designed for, but I'd like specifics if anyone can supply them.

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Android :: Background Task / Progress Dialog / Orientation Change / Any 100% Working Solution?

Sep 29, 2010

I download some data from internet in background thread (I use AsyncTask) and display a progress dialog while downlaoding. Orientation changes, Activity is restarted and then my AsyncTask is completed.I want to dismiss the progess dialog and start a new Activity. But calling dismissDialog sometimes throws an exception (probably because the Activity was destroyed and new Activity hasn't been started yet).What is the best way to handle this kind of problem (updating UI from background thread that works even if user changes orientation)? Did someone from Google provide some "official solution"?

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Android :: How To Handle Screen Orientation Change / When Progress Dialog And Background Thread Active?

Jul 10, 2009

My program does some network activity in a background thread. Before starting, it pops up a progress dialog. The dialog is dismissed on the handler.This all works fine, except when screen orientation changes while the dialog is up (and the background thread is going). At this point the app either crashes, or deadlocks, or gets into a weird stage where the app does not work at all until all the threads have been killed.How can I handle the screen orientation change gracefully?

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Android :: Orientation Change Crash In Tab Activity With List Activity

Jan 21, 2010

When views with different type have same id and screen orientation changes,

either java.lang.ClassCastException: android.view.AbsSavedState$1 or java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Wrong state class -- expecting View State will occur. (depends on the view's order)

Because View.dispatchRestoreInstanceState() checks id only.

You may wonder why anyone would make views with different type to have same id.

But it can happen when you use tab activity.

Imagine you have tab activity with two children activity.

Tab1 is ListActivity and Tab2 is ExpandableListActivity.

Both activity have id of "@android:id/list" but the type of view is different.

This means we cannot use ListActivity & ExpandableListActivit at the same in one tab activity.

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Android :: Change Intent Bundle Data Before Activity Recreated After Orientation Change

Jul 30, 2009

I have a notification that starts my activity and passes a messages using the intent's putExtra() function. The message is then displayed to the user in the activity's onCreate function. When the application is restarted due to a orientation change, the message is shown again as it is still in the intent's bundled data.
How can I remove the extra data?

I tried the following:

Bundle bundle = getIntent().getExtras();
if (bundle.getBoolean("showMessage")) {
// ... show message that is in bundle.getString("message")
// remove message
bundle.remove("showMessage");
}

But the message will still be shown after the orientation changed, seems like the intent used is not the one I changed, but the original one. The only workaround I found is to save the showMessage additionally in onSaveInstanceState(). Is there another way? Or is this the way to go?

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Android :: Maintaining State Of Activity On Orientation Change

May 6, 2010

I m currently working on landscape mode for android app in which i want to know how to maintain the state of the activity and views displayed on orientation change i.e from portrait mode to landscape mode ?

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Android :: Activity Being Killed - OnDestroy - On Orientation Change

Apr 5, 2010

I am working on a MVC implementation for Android (to be subsequently hosted on SF and/or GC).

It works like this:

Activity (View) <=> Application (Controller) <=> Data (Model) <=> Persistence (DB/Network etc)

The scenario is:

1. Activity launch (main/launcher)

2. Notifies Application about performing a data transaction

3. Upon receipt of data response, controller devices which Activity to launch (or update existing)

4. Application has overridden the method onConfigurationChange

Problem: When the orientation is changed, the Application is notified about onConfigurationChange but:

a) The "current" activity is Destroyed and recreated -- which is fine to some extent b) The new instance which is created is automatically => onCreate, onPause, onStop, onDestroy.... now that's catastrophic.

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Android :: Prevent Rotation/change Of Orientation In Certain Tab/activity

Sep 11, 2010

My MainActivity (the one that is started by the android application) is a TabActivity which contains several tabs (which are implemented as activities as well). In a certain tab/activity I want to prevent the change of orientation/rotation when the phone is turned. What is the easiest way to achieve this?

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Android :: Background Activity For Map Started Again When Orientation Change

Apr 6, 2010

i've developed an android app that's fetches an xml file and displays this data via several markers on the map. This works fine so far. The problem right now is that when i switch the orientation of the phone (portrait->landscape or vice versa) the markers disappear for a small moment, the xml processing is started again and then they reappear. Is there a way to prevent this re-loading of the file? It only takes about 2-3 seconds.

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Android :: Handling Screen Orientation Change During Activity Start

Mar 12, 2010

I'm trying to find a way to properly handle setting up an activity where its orientation is determined from data in the intent that launched it. This is for a game where the user can choose levels, some of which are int portrait orientation and some are landscape orientation. The problem I'm facing is that setRequestedOrientation(ActivityInfo.SCREEN_ORIENTATION_LANDSCAPE) doesn't take effect until the activity is fully loaded. This is a problem for me because I do some loading and image processing during startup, which I'd like to only have to do once.

Currently, if the user chose a landscape level:

the activity starts onCreate(), defaulting to portrait discovers from analysing its launching Intent that it should be in landscape orientation continues regardless all the way to onResume(), loading information and performing other setup tasks at this point setRequestedOrientation kicks in so the application runs through onPause() to onDestroy() it then again starts up from onCreate() and runs to onResume() repeating the setup from earlier

Is there a way to avoid that and have it not perform the loading twice? For example, ideally, the activity would know before even onCreate was called whether it should be landscape or portrait depending on some property of the launching intent, but unless I've missed something that isn't possible. I've managed to hack together a way to avoid repeating the loading by checking a boolean before the time-consuming loading steps, but that doesn't seem like the right way of doing it. I imagine I could override onSaveInstanceState, but that would require a lot of additional coding. Is there a simple way to do this?

Solution:

As per Daniel's answer, this was actually quite easy to fix. I just needed to make a few small changes. In my 'menu' Activity, where the player would choose which level to play, I just had to add an if/else check to choose which class would be started by my Intent. This was done with a simple int representing portrait or landscape, determined when the player selected a level. I then created a second class extending my 'GameLogic' class; this is the class which contained most of the code for the game itself, rather than the menus, instructions, etc.

public class GameLandscape extends GameLogic{}

Literally that simple and completely empty. That way it inherited all the code from my previous activity where I had already coded it to handle things differently depending on the orientation. Lastly I just had to add a line to the manifest stating that GameLandscape would always run in landscape, and GameLogic would always run in portrait.

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Android :: Show AlertDialog On Activity Start - But Not On Screen Orientation Change

Aug 13, 2010

It seems when screen orientation changes, the activity's onCreate() method is called. In my onCreate() method, I have an AlertDialog which pops up when the activity is called. The problem is when I switch the screen sideways, the popup is displayed again. How can I avoid this?

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Android :: Android Custom Dialog Leak On Orientation Change

Aug 9, 2010

I have a custom dialog box that asks for user input. Relevant code below:...............

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Android :: Android - Dealing With Dialog On Screen Orientation Change

Jun 10, 2010

I am overriding the onCreateDialog and onPrepareDialog methods or the Dialog class. I have followed the example from Reto Meier's Professional Android Application Development book, Chapter 5 to pull some XML data and then use a dialog to display the info. I have basically followed it exactly but changed the variables to suit my own XML schema as follows:.................

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Android :: Unbind Remote Service In OnDestroy Of Activity On Screen Orientation Change

Nov 24, 2010

In onCreate method of Activity, it binds to a remote service and makes use of AIDL intefaces. Is it required to unbind from the remote service when onDestroy is called on screen orientation change.?

If the activity un-bounded from the remote service in onDestroy and if no other contexts are bound to remote service, is remote service likely to get stopped losing the state that it maintains.?

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Android :: Screen Flip Doesn't Trigger An Orientation Change And Activity Destruction/recreation

Aug 29, 2010

I'm testing an app on a Droid. It's a kind of card matching game. I'd like to keep the cards physically located in the same place on the screen regardless of a screen rotation. For example, I can put my thumb on a card, rotate the phone any way I please and the card stays fixed under my thumb. However, the orientation of the content of the card will change to match the current phone rotation. I handle this by transforming the card grid in onCreate. This works fine for 90 degree rotations, but if I do a fast 180 degree flip from one landscape mode to another the screen simply flips and the Activity is NOT destroyed and recreated.

This seems contrary to the documentation:

http://developer.android.com/reference/android/R.attr.html#configChanges

"public static final int configChanges Since: API Level 1

Specify one or more configuration changes that the activity will handle itself. If not specified, the activity will be restarted if any of these configuration changes happen in the system. Otherwise, the activity will remain running and its Activity.onConfigurationChanged method called with the new configuration. "

I am NOT specifying any configChanges in my AndroidManifest.xml file, so it seems that the activity SHOULD be destroyed and recreated. Why isn't it? Is there some way I specify that it should be destroy/ recreated?

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Android :: How To Set Dialog Orientation?

Jul 28, 2009

My underlying actitvity is set to landscape orientation, but when I show the dialog, I'd like it to be in portrait (vertical) orientation.I set the orientation in my layout to be vertical but that didn't help. The Dialog class doesn't have a method for such a thing.

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Android :: Progress Dialog And Orientation Changed

Jul 28, 2010

I'm facing some problems with the progress dialogs. I use a managed progress dialog to show the user that an operation is being carried out with the following code written in the onCreateDialog(int id) function.When the operation completes I call dismissDialog(PROGRESS_DIALOG). The problem is that if I rotate the phone while the progress dialog is displayed then when the operation completes the dismiss call has no effect and the progress remains showing. And this I cannot understand why.

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Android :: Handle Screen Orientation Changes With An Activity Started Within A Tab's Activity

Nov 2, 2010

I have a TabActivity, and each Tab corresponds to its own Activity. In one of them, in the onCreate method, I use startActivityForResult to show a dialog (specifically, Bump's BumpAPI activity).

code:...............

The problem is that when the screen orientation changes, it tries to create the tab's activity again which makes another BumpAPI dialog, resulting in multiple stacked on top of each other. Do I have a hook into the started activity to cancel the previous one when the orientation changes?

A workaround seems to be to add a button that when clicked, starts the second activity, but that adds an unnecessary step.

Also, I can't fix the screen orientation for the entire tabActivity because some of them require typing and users may want to use their physical keyboards.

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Android :: Can Force A Specific Layout Orientation - But Have An Opposite Keyboard Orientation Android

Aug 19, 2010

I understand how to force a specific orientation per activity in the android manifest. I would like to know if it is possible to allow the keyboard to change orientation even though the activity(the layout really) must remain unchanged.

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Android :: Using Orientation Sensor To Get 360 Orientation

Jul 17, 2009

I have a problem with working with the ORIENTATION values of the SensorManager. I would like to have some kind of 360-value which directly shows me if the phone is in normal portrait (0), landscape, portrait turned around (180) or anything in between. So I could have, for example, an arrow that points to the floor (like gravity would do with a plummet) all the time, no matter how I tilt (sidewards) the phone. I thought this would be easy, but I'm pretty confused at the moment.

First of all, the X value of the orientation-array seems to correspondent with how I turn the phone, BUT: if it's completely uprightly standing, this value is about 60 ... why not 0 (or 90, 180, 270), as I would expect?

Second: The value resets if I turn the phone and Android automatically changes screen orientation. So both in Portrait and in Landscape mode it will be sth. like 60 when the phone is in a 0 angel in real world. I set "android:screenOrientation" to "landscape" but this doesn't help anything :/

I want the app NOT to change orientation when I turn the phone, but I want it to get a continuous orientation value when I tilt the phone.

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Android :: How To Handle Activity When Orientation Changes?

Aug 9, 2010

I am writing an activity, that loads data from a server and displays it as a list using ArrayAdapter. For that I'm showing a progress dialog i.e loading, while it loads all data from the server. Then i dismiss the dialog in a handler. My problem is that when ever i change the orientation, the progress dialog is again shown, which is not needed, because all the data is displayed already?

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Android :: How Does My Activity Knows When The Device Changes In Orientation

Sep 20, 2010

How does my android activity know (is there a callback) when there is a change in screen orientation?

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Android :: Change Widget Dimensions On Orientation Change

Jul 22, 2010

I have a widget which has say, a dimension of 294*72(portrait). But when the orientation is changed, I need to change this dimension of the widget to another dimension which would look good on the landscape orientation.

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Android :: On Screen Orientation Changes Activity Restarted

Aug 16, 2010

I know on screen orientation changes activity restarted, but suppose i don't want to restart the activity then what should I do? I had tried it by adding in manifest.xml. android:configChanges="keyboardHidden|orientation"

and override public void onConfigurationChanged(Configuration newConfig) { super.onConfigurationChanged(newConfig); }

But still activity restarted each time when I change screen orientation.

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Android :: Handling Orientation Changes That Occur In Another Activity

Jun 3, 2010

I am having an interesting problem and would appreciate any advice. My app uses WebView as its primary view. Using a javascript hook, it can launch the camera so the user can take a picture. The camera is launched using: Intent i = new Intent(android.provider.MediaStore.ACTION_IMAGE_CAPTURE);

When the camera starts, it makes sense to use landscape mode, so the user naturally turns the phone on its side. After the user takes a picture, control returns to my launching Activity (actually, my Acitivity gets restarted because it usually gets destroyed to free up memory for the camera on my Moto Droid). When my WebView gets recreated, I restore its state from the Bundle I saved in onSaveInstanceState().

Now everything looks ok, except the phone is still in landscape mode. However, when the user turns the phone upright bringing back into portrait mode, my WebView takes up only half of the screen. Somewhere along the way, the scale of my WebView got lost. This seems like such a minor issue, but it is driving me crazy.

Does anyone have an idea why this might be happening? What is the correct way to preserve the scale of my WebView? I am hesitant to hard code any scale factors because what looks good on my device may not be the same for another.

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Android :: Changing Orientation Resets Activity

Jul 7, 2009

I finally got to the point where I was ready to deploy my app to my G1 and test it out and the first thing I noticed was that when I change my phone to landscape view my main activity restarts and resets all of my variables to their default settings. How can I avoid this?

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Android :: Need To Temporarily Disable Orientation Changes In An Activity

Aug 31, 2010

My main activity has some code that makes some database changes that should not be interrupted. I'm doing the heavy lifting in another thread, and using a progress dialog which I set as non-cancellable. However, I noticed that if I rotate my phone it restarts the activity which is REALLY bad for the process that was running, and I get a Force Close.

What I want to do is programatically disable screen orientation changes until my process completes, at which time orientation changes are enabled.

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Android :: Setting Activity Orientation By Code?

Nov 24, 2010

It is possible to set the orientation of an activity in the manifest file. but is it also possible to do it from code? if so, how?

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