April 19, 2014

Android Photostream Sample Application

The Android Developers Blog has just announced a new sample application called Photostream that will be added to the apps-for-android project that Google has going on. According to Romain Guy, “Photostream is a simple photos browser and viewer for Flickr. All you need to use it is a Flickr screen name or user name (the application offers a default user name if you just want to try it.)” Here are some of the features provided by Photostream which will entice developers more than us ordinary users:

  • Activity aliases
  • Adding custom shortcuts to Home
  • Adding a new wallpaper chooser to the system
  • Custom layouts
  • Custom XML attributes
  • Use of themes
  • Use of styles
  • Use of text colors
  • Use of <include>
  • Use of bitmap and layer drawables from XML
  • Use of HttpClient
  • Proper interaction between background threads and the UI thread
  • Efficient display rotation (using the new onRetainNonConfigurationInstance() API)
  • Animations and layout animations
  • Cropping an image
  • Image manipulation

Seems cool to me but unfortunately I’m not a Flickr fan.  But… since the source code of Photostream is available I hope some developers out there will use it to make an application stream photos from Picasa.

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