Android Tutorial Requests

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So if you have any requests please just post a comment on this page and I’ll see what I can do!

If you tweet the following I’ll move you up the list as well:

” I just posted an #AndroidDev tutorial requests. Post your own here: pls RT to help spread the word! ”


  1. jack
    Posted June 27, 2013 at 1:56 am | Permalink | Reply

    I’m new to android programming.Can you post a tutorial for how to reading the xml from the internet and parsing the xml and displaying it in formated way in a app and app downloads the xml files once a day or checks if it has been modified. Please ..

  2. Sij
    Posted April 21, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

    hi Mate,
    Your doing an amazing job buddy thank you very much for this.

    have you got any tutorial on MAPS?


    • blundell
      Posted April 28, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Permalink | Reply

      thanks, no not at the moment, what particular problem using a map would you like to fix?

  3. fabienne
    Posted March 14, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Permalink | Reply


    I’m looking for an solution for my app which has one listview with several youtube videos – they should be linked there


  4. omkara
    Posted February 20, 2013 at 8:56 am | Permalink | Reply

    Could you do a tutorial on how to integrate FFMPEG with Android? Thanks!!

  5. swarna
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I am new to android. can you post tutorial on clicking the item in list view should play the video.List is nothing but list of different videos.
    Thanks in advance

  6. Eugene
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I would like to have a rss feed reader for:
    on my phone,is it possible with your existing tuts. on diplaying youtube videos?

  7. Mit
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 6:39 am | Permalink | Reply

    The tutorial you posted is awesum…It wud b gr8 if you could provide me the tutorial with multiple alarm and notifications…actually i tried a lot to edit your tutorial for the same but i am facing a problem which is as follows:
    Whenevr i try to set multiple alarms all the notifications appear at the time of last alarm i set…i tried using unique ids too bt the problem persits…

  8. arun
    Posted November 28, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    The solution for my previous comment is possible .the png is from htc sense 4 rom and it tiles certain areas in status bar. I too want to tile like is 9 patched image but some sorts of coding are you look in to that?

  9. arun
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I want to repeat specific parts in drawable png image.
    if I use 9 patch it stretches and looks ugly and if i use tilemode:repeat ,whole image is repeated.but i wanted repeat at specific areas only.
    give me any solution please…


    • blundell
      Posted November 28, 2012 at 9:23 am | Permalink | Reply

      Hi, I wouldn’t advise this its not possible in an elegant way. I would say either change your UI design so the picture is strectchable in some area as a 9patch otherwise change it so it is tileable!

  10. lim
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 7:21 am | Permalink | Reply

    how to create android application on image below


    • blundell
      Posted November 1, 2012 at 9:34 am | Permalink | Reply

      Hi this appears to be just a ViewPager, it can be found here Android Dev – ViewPager example source code is also presented on that site

      • lim
        Posted November 1, 2012 at 9:54 am | Permalink | Reply

        hy,,,,i am newbie on android programming,,,

        please give me sample application,,,,

  11. Martin Fowler
    Posted October 9, 2012 at 6:10 am | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Blundell,
    I really struggle to write SOLID android code. Do you have any examples of a typical well written solid app with network and animation?

    • blundell
      Posted October 9, 2012 at 9:25 am | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Martin, bit of a tough one but I hope this gives you some insight into a SOLID architecture: the thing with Android is you are pretty close/constrained to the framework, dependency injection is very hard unless you create your own architecture to get away from the ‘Activity’. I’m still learning myself. Let me know what you think!

  12. Jitheesh S Khan
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 7:24 am | Permalink | Reply

    Hi blundell… Could u show tutorial for extending adapter views and adding our own custom animation for view transitions

  13. heisan
    Posted September 10, 2012 at 10:38 am | Permalink | Reply

    I have tried to change the homepage of the android default webrowser by code but i dont get it to work. I have seen other apps been doing it. How can i manage to do this? I have looked at the for the browser and found a method that sets the homepage, but it is not static, so i assume i cant call it from another app. The startapp sdk sets the homepage, maybe you can have a look at it. I have tried but i could not find it.

    • blundell
      Posted October 3, 2012 at 7:07 am | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Helsan, sorry this isn’t documented and so isn’t possible. With the code being undocumented even if I showed you how to do it, it isn’t promised to work on all version of Android and could break with new releases. I realise other apps do it, but as I just said it leads to bad user experiences, don’t let your app join that pile of poor apps.

  14. yhow
    Posted August 31, 2012 at 4:19 am | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Blundell,

    Could you please do some tutorials for image recognition? I do some research on the web but It shows lack of tut about that.

    Thanks :))

    • blundell
      Posted October 8, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Permalink | Reply

      This isn’t really Android related, just pure Java loads of libraries out there. Maybe next time ask for something more specific

  15. Oshri Almakies
    Posted August 25, 2012 at 2:58 am | Permalink | Reply


    im a new developer and im looking for simple code to how do i cosumize a listview with youtube video showing thumbnail, title etc..

    + how to set intent to each row.

    thank you!!

  16. SquiresSquire
    Posted August 19, 2012 at 10:56 am | Permalink | Reply

    could you please do a tutorial to parse a list of a users flickr photosets then onclick of photoset displays the photo in a gridview?

  17. stephen
    Posted August 4, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    hi im new to android development and im using NetBeans IDE 7.1.1 for android.could you please post a tutorial about basic programming in android.thnks in advance =)

    • blundell
      Posted August 9, 2012 at 7:00 am | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Stephen, if you want the basic 101 I would recommend checking out I’d also say switch from NetBeans to Eclipse as soon as possible. Most professionals use Eclipse and it’s sometimes asked for on job applications so I’d get used to it as soon as possible

  18. hsfrey
    Posted July 25, 2012 at 3:25 am | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks for the offer!

    I have 2 requests:

    1. How can I get down to system level, so I can manage folders, delete files, etc.?

    2. Is there a good reference on the SDK that does not involve Eclipse? I prefer to code with just a text editor.

    • blundell
      Posted July 26, 2012 at 7:18 am | Permalink | Reply

      Hmm not really sure what you mean.

      1) You can use File API you just need the path and permission

      2) Here is the Android API but I would 100% recommend eclipse /intellij

  19. sekhar
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 9:30 am | Permalink | Reply

    I am new to Android. I have read your tutorial on displaying the youtube videos into the list by specific user.It was very nice.But this is with “JSON-C”.
    Could you please post a tutorial on youtube videos with XML response and explain me how it works?
    I have searched on internet, but i am not getting the correct solution.
    Thanks in Advance…….

  20. Hems
    Posted June 5, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Permalink | Reply


    I’ve been reading around android development for the last few months and have created a few basic apps with the help of books and youtube tutorials. Just come across your blog (via and figure what the hell why not make a request too! I’ve seen that Google have finally released official documentation for their Calendar API in 4.0 but I was wondering if you could help get me started with some basic functionality for say Gingerbread where an activity can read/write event data to user’s calendar.

    Would really appreciate your help, thanks in advance!

  21. Hei
    Posted June 4, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Can you make a test app using the android alarm manager ? Just how to create a simple alarm ?

  22. Posted May 8, 2012 at 2:19 am | Permalink | Reply

    great! can you create a tutorial for moving apps on an sd card?

    • blundell
      Posted May 16, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Permalink | Reply

      You want to actually move the app or just notify the user that the app can be moved?

  23. roja
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 10:43 am | Permalink | Reply

    hello ,
    ur notification for a particular date but i need it to be remind me for 3 days before the set date so how can i do it. can u plzz help me.

    and i also need ur help , i need to connect my app to alarm clock of mobile itself . when i click on alarm icon in my app it should be redirected to alarm in mobile ….

    • blundell
      Posted April 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Hi, you will need to use the Java calendar API, Just set the date field and minus 3 it should automatically move the month if it needs to.

      • roja
        Posted May 7, 2012 at 4:29 am | Permalink | Reply

        thank u
        but can u help me i need to connect my app to alarm clock of mobile itself, i.e when i click on alarm icon it should be redirected to alarm in mobile

  24. sravan
    Posted April 22, 2012 at 7:22 am | Permalink | Reply

    hi! i am very new to this android things. where can i start and video tutorials to learn abt these? can u help?

  25. David
    Posted April 20, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Hello, I really want to learn how to create an app with a email-register/login activity. So I got the register information/data from the app user’s at my computer or on a webpage. Best Regards. David, Android Developer.

    • blundell
      Posted April 21, 2012 at 11:20 am | Permalink | Reply

      Hi David, this involved a lot of backend programming and depends on that system in how you would implement it on the Android side. Check out something like this Creating a Web Service, then worry about the android client side.

  26. YoutubeFeed
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Hey, Are there any way to get access to likes/dislikes and views with the Gdata from youtube and display these for each video ? Keep up the great work with tutorials !

  27. Serge Hanuma
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Am rather frustrated to find a million different twitter integration tutorials around but NONE that integrate a simple JSON # search tweet feed into an AppWidget.

    I can set up an appwidget fine but getting the twitter feed integrated is proving especially fiddly.

    Also implementing user preferences for different #search feeds too.

    Any help greatly appreciated.



  28. Raja
    Posted March 12, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Permalink | Reply


    saw your notification tutorial(, it was nice.

    I need an tutorial for recurring notification, say for an example need to alert my app for every 15th of the month

    • blundell
      Posted March 13, 2012 at 8:08 am | Permalink | Reply

      Hi glad you enjoyed it.
      You would just set the Alarm for the 15th, when this alarm is fired (in your service) set the next alarm for the next month!

    • Raja
      Posted March 13, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink | Reply

      blundell i know that basic thing to do set a next alarm for every month ;). But what i am asking is the app should update the alarm by it self (see the sample app

      • blundell
        Posted March 13, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Permalink | Reply

        I am saying the app updates the alarm by itself, each month! That way you only have to manage one alarm at a time. Otherwise all you have to do is set a notification, then change the calendar date to set it again but this just adds unneeded complexity imo

  29. kebab
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Hey, Can you include a Onclick for the listview from the youtube feed tutorial. So if it will be clicked it will go to the url/youtube ?

  30. kashifmehmood
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Permalink | Reply


    any tutorial on how to use the private and protected API’s in android….
    by reflection and by recompiling the SDK…???

    • blundell
      Posted March 8, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Sorry I won’t be doing this, in using private API’s your going against best practice, it is not recommended. If the API was to change (i.e. between froyo and ICS) then your app will be broken and this isn’t a very good user experience. Please look for otherways to achieve what your goal is.

      • kashifmehmood
        Posted March 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Permalink | Reply


        i want to work on an sms application and the receiver can only be made by accessing the internal and hidden API’s..can u suggest any workaround for that

  31. mehdi
    Posted March 4, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Permalink | Reply

    i need for help.please you have tutorial for Compassqibla using SensorManager and SensorEventListener(and gps)(application for musulmun to know the place for pryer)qibla i need it for my project please help me

    • blundell
      Posted March 4, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

      This is not really a tutorial request and more a project. Care to pay me $$$ :-)

  32. Ukjent
    Posted March 4, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Permalink | Reply


    Can you make tutorial whic gets images from a specific website and show them in a layout. At the bottom at the screen it will have next and back button to get to the next/last picture. ?

    A good example website which uses freshly posted pictures,

    • blundell
      Posted March 4, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Permalink | Reply


      As per the other request, this is again screen scraping and is frowned up. If that website was to change it’s HTML code your app would no longer work and require an update. You are best finding an API that you can read from. Failing that if you really really want to do it. You should scrape the website server sie (i.e. in a web app) then have your app read the data from your own server. That way if the 3rd party website does break it’s html you only have to update your web-app and not the application (that users would then have to download, compared to hitting refresh on a website). See: Html scraping (2nd link in google behind wikipedia)

  33. Austin D
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Do you have a Skype or email at which I can contact you? I’ve got a few questions that I want to get some detailed and private responses on and I believe you can help me.
    You already know my email so feel free to contact me at that. Thanks.

  34. Espen
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Hi! I’ve been making android apps for like 4-5 days now. So i’m wondering if you know how I can make a web app? I have been looking through many tutorials, but none shows directly how I can make an app that displays the content from a website, and that I can decide what I want and don’t want to display. So I really just want to customize a website into an app and make my own layout. I know how the WebView and WebContent works and all that stuff, but I don’t know how I can do what I described here.

    • blundell
      Posted March 4, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Espen,
      This would be called ‘screen-scraping’ a website, it is frowned upon really. If you where using a webview you couldn’t screen scrape but just use the data as is. If you did screen-scrape you would use normal views (linearlayout etc) and display whatever you wanted. See:

  35. Mark Peters
    Posted February 29, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    A tutorial with code how2 log in to a website (hopefully http and https).
    I search a lot on the internet and there’s nothing there that actually works !

    • blundell
      Posted March 4, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Mark, there aren’t many tutorials as this all depends on the backend website login. It is usually through a post request that sends you some type of identity key to use. The tutorial is more to do with server backend programming so I won’t be doing it sorry. You’ll need to look at server solutions for a login box before your app can login!

  36. Nalesh
    Posted February 28, 2012 at 9:43 am | Permalink | Reply

    i am new to android. currently i am developing an application based on animation of images.could you help me for the choose of animation.which animation should user like? please help.

    thanks in advance.

    • blundell
      Posted February 28, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Nalesh,

      Could you be a bit more descriptive of what you want? Users like all animations it completely depends on the style of your app and what UX you want :-)

  37. Posted February 28, 2012 at 5:06 am | Permalink | Reply


    Ive been a long time lurker of this blog. I have a question i have an idea for a pretty sweet app but, i don’t know how i would go about executing the idea. So basically what im asking is it possible to add a menu option to the default android UI.

    Do help further explain what i mean is like when you are attaching media to a text message on your android phone it gives you options on what you want it to be (image or video). What i need to do is add another option. How would i go about doing that? Ive been searching relentlessly to no avail.

    Could you make a tutorial on this?



  38. Austin D
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 3:37 am | Permalink | Reply

    I’ve got a small and probably simple request. How would I use the YouTube GData feed of a specific user’s uploads to list a user’s uploads (with included video thumbnail) in a ListView?
    Feel free to email me if you like. :)

  39. Posted February 22, 2012 at 9:30 am | Permalink | Reply

    I’m a newbie in android.Could you please post a tutorial on ITelephony aidl and also explain how to block calls using that.
    Thanks in advance.

    • blundell
      Posted February 22, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Permalink | Reply

      This is not part of the public Android API and so you would have to use unorthodox methods that are flaky. Sorry but I won’t be doing a tutorial on this, it can lead to broken code, bad practice and is just not recommended. If you want to go down this route, check this blog post out:

  40. lee
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 1:02 am | Permalink | Reply

    App with preloaded photos with a set as wallpaper button

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