Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Monitor screen ON and OFF

Has to register receiver via function registerReceiver(), so usually have to create a service for it.

public  class UpdateService extends Service {

    BroadcastReceiver mReceiver = new BroadcastReceiver {
         private boolean screenOff;

        public void onReceive(Context context, Intent intent) {
            if (intent.getAction().equals(Intent.ACTION_SCREEN_OFF)) {
                screenOff = true;
            } else if (intent.getAction().equals(Intent.ACTION_SCREEN_ON)) {
                screenOff = false;


    private void handleScreenAction(boolean screenOff) {
        if (screenOff) {
            // your code
        } else {
            // your code

    public void onCreate() {
        // register receiver that handles screen on and screen off logic
        IntentFilter filter = new IntentFilter(Intent.ACTION_SCREEN_ON);
        registerReceiver(mReceiver, filter);

    public void onDestory() {

    public void onStart(Context context, Intent intent, int startId) {

    public IBinder onBind(Intent intent) {
        // TODO Auto-generated method stub
        return null;

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Detect headset / Bluetooth status

need this permission:
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.BLUETOOTH"></uses-permission>

and code snap:
                AudioManager audioManager = (AudioManager)context.getSystemService(Context.AUDIO_SERVICE);
                if (audioManager.isWiredHeadsetOn()
                        || audioManager.isBluetoothA2dpOn()
                        || audioManager.isBluetoothScoOn() ) {
      // headset connected

How to detect whether phone is in charging

Does not need register a broadcast receiver. Call function
registerReceiver(null, new IntentFilter(Intent.ACTION_BATTERY_CHANGED)), and it will return anIntent with battery status immediately, because Intent.ACTION_BATTERY_CHANGED is a sticky broadcast.
Here is code snap:
        Intent intent = context.registerReceiver(null, new IntentFilter(Intent.ACTION_BATTERY_CHANGED));
        int plugged = intent.getIntExtra(BatteryManager.EXTRA_PLUGGED, -1);
        boolean cableCharge = plugged == BatteryManager.BATTERY_PLUGGED_USB
                || plugged == BatteryManager.BATTERY_PLUGGED_AC;
        boolean wirelessCharge = plugged == BatteryManager.BATTERY_PLUGGED_WIRELESS;

Friday, February 21, 2014

Translate touch event coordinates to the parent

The touch event coordinates can be got in onTouch() by MotionEvent:getX() and

MotionEvent:getY(), the coordinates are based on currently view. To translate to the parent layout, just append the current view positions to them like this:


view.getLeft() + motionEvent.getX();
view.getTop() + motionEvent.getY(); 


Haptic feedback (vibration) on Android

Simple use View:performHapticFeedback() to play a vibration:

View view = findViewById(...)

Thrift fails on Windows - thrift failed error: The command line is too long.

Meet a thrift compiling failure on my project on Windows 7. Using Maven in IntelliJ so I choiced maven-thrift-pluging for thrift files. For ...