Announcing libAeApps Version 4

Announcing libAeApps Version 4

Just after the hard work on Message Counter was completed and the app was released to the public, I have taken up another major app rewriting task. This time it’s LibAeApps.

Message Counter 4.0

September marks a Major milestone for a hobby Android app. What started as a proof of concept back in 2013 has now reached Version 4 and close to a total of 1,00,000 downloads.

Android Messages Codenames, Part 1

The latest release of Android Messages app from Google had just hit the playstore featuring Material Theme. I was able to trace back the internal codenames of the app.

Message Counter Icon Evolution

With Version 4.0 of Message Counter around the corner, lets take a look at the history of the icons for the app.

Observe Content Provider in Android

Message Counter was using a background service to start an SMS Content Observer. While upgrading the app to target the latest Android API, it appeared that the service was killed after around 1 minute of the application went to the background.

This proved challenging for the app’s functionality until further research led to…

Kotlin

Ever since Google made Kotlin the official language of Android, I had tried to look at it. As usual I tried it out as part of RandomContact app and just used a few simple features and found it to be consice and powerful. So when I wanted to rewrie MessageCounter app to make use of Android Architecture Components, I decided to jump all in and rewrite the entire app in Kotlin. Below are few snippets that I came across and liked a lot.