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Finder | Android Universal Points of Interest App Template

Finder | Android Universal Points of Interest App Template






Both iOS and Android version can share the same Parse database







Please note that we cannot provide a demo APK because, unless you’re close to our location, you won’t see any point of interest nearby you so you won’t be able to test the app, that’s why we’ve prepared a nice video preview of this app for you.


15 April 2018
• Updated to Android Studio 3.1.1
• Removed all dependencies of play-services | left only this one in build.gradle:
     implementation 'com.google.android.gms:play-services:+'
11 April 2018
• Updated to Android Studio 3.1
• Updated 'compileSdkVersion' and  'targetSdkVersion' to 27 in build.gradle
• Replaced 'compile' with 'implementation' in build.gradle (Module: app)
• Updated classpath 'com.android.tools.build:gradle:3.1.1' in build.gradle (Project:)
Jan 21th 2018
• Added this line in the dependencies list of build.gradle (Module: app):
    compile 'com.squareup.okhttp3:okhttp:+'
Dec 15th 2017
• Changed App icon and added a 'drawable-xxhdpi' folder into the res folder that contains a launch_screen.png image
• Added the SplashScreen.java and splash_screen.xml files as a Launcher Activity | added this launcher Activity in Manifest.xml 
• Adjusted the code that initializes the Google Map in Home.java
Nov 3rd 2017
• Updated to Android Studio 3 and buildToolsVersion to '26.0.2' in build.gradle
Oct 7th 2017
• Added a custom 'pd.xml' file in the 'layout' folder and some code into Confgs.java ('showPD()'  and 'hidePD()' methods), which are used to replace the ProgressDialog code in the java files (that's because ProgressDialog is deprecated by API 26 | Android O)
So I've replaced all the:
    pd.dismiss();
    pd.setMessagge(...);
    pd.show();

with the new lines of code to show and hide the custom ProgressDialog, which start with:
   Configs.showPD(...);
   Configs.hidePD();
Aug 27th 2017
• Updated buildToolsVersion to '26.0.1' in build.gradle (Module:app)
• Added this line into 'repositories' in build.gradle (Project:):
        maven { url "https://maven.google.com" }
July 17th 2017
• Updated compileSdkVersion and targetSdkVersion to 26 in build.gradle file
Apr 23rd 2017
• Updated to Android Studio 2.3.1
• Made the layout full screen by removing these lines into all xml files:
    android:paddingBottom="@dimen/activity_vertical_margin" 
    android:paddingLeft="@dimen/activity_horizontal_margin" 
    android:paddingRight="@dimen/activity_horizontal_margin" 
    android:paddingTop="@dimen/activity_vertical_margin" 
• Updated build.gradle file



Finder is a Universal App Template for you to build your own Points of Interest app. Mostly dedicated to a city, you can easily add POI’s data directly on your Parse Dashboard on back4app.com or on adminca.com.
Once you’ll create a new POI row, you will have to manually type its category, just make sure it matches the uppercase and lowercase characters of the names stored in the Categories class, otherwise, the app won’t recognize them.

Since its backend is by Parse you don’t have to buy any domain/hosting, there are NO php files to upload to a web server so you’ll save some money for server side.

Finder is a native Android Studio project, Universal, super easy to customize, backend with Parse SDK hosted on http://back4app.com




About Parse SDK and back4app

Read this article for more info about back4app and Parse SDK: https://hubpages.com/technology/Parse-SDK-will-not-shutdown-in-thanks-to-back4app

Can I host Parse Server on my own server?

Yes, although I don’t provide support for the setup process, you can read the official Guide here: http://parseplatform.org

What about free support for this template?

I can offer free support for bugs encountered in the original code. Instead, if you’ve edited the code and messed something up with it, I may apply some fee to fix it either via TeamViewer or by checking your app project files directly on my computer.

How do I rename the app’s package name?

Read this tutorial to learn how to rename a package name: https://hubpages.com/technology/Android-How-to-rename-an-app-package

Should I use the latest version of Android Studio to edit this template?

Yes, I always update my apps to the latest version of the IDE and you also should make sure you’ve updated the Android Tools to their latest version of the Android SDK manager.

How do I remove AdMob banner ads?

  1. Enter the .xml files where there’s an AdView and remove its code:
        <com.google.android.gms.ads.AdView
            android:id="@+id/admobBanner" 
            android:layout_width="wrap_content" 
            android:layout_height="wrap_content" 
            ads:adSize="BANNER" 
            ads:adUnitId="@string/ADMOB_BANNER_UNIT_ID" 
            android:layout_alignParentBottom="true" 
            android:layout_centerHorizontal="true">
        </com.google.android.gms.ads.AdView>
    
  2. Enter the .java files where there’s an AdRequest instance into its onCreate() method and remove its code:
            // Init AdMob banner
            AdView mAdView = (AdView) findViewById(R.id.admobBanner);
            AdRequest adRequest = new AdRequest.Builder().build();
            mAdView.loadAd(adRequest);
    
  3. Lastly, remove the play-services-ads reference in the build.gradle file:
        compile 'com.google.android.gms:play-services-ads:+'
    






  • Android Studio 3.x – Universal – Android 5.0+
  • AdMob banners
  • Works with Parse SDK hosted on back{4}app
  • Easily add your POI’s info and categories directly in your Parse Dashboard by using Adminca admin panel on http://adminca.com or the dashboard on back{4}app
  • PDF User Guide included
  • PSD graphics included
  • Easy to customize, well commented code


  • Apple Mac or Windows PC with their latest OS version installed
  • The latest version of Android Studio and some knowledge about its UI interface
  • Photoshop or any other image editor software
  • A Google Developer account to submit apps to the Play Store
  • An AdMob account to generate your own banner UNIT ID
  • A free account on back4app.com









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