Code

FlyWord | Android Universal "Message in a bottle" App Template

FlyWord | Android Universal "Message in a bottle" App Template













Dec 13th 2017
• Added the possibility to attach an image to your message
Dec 10th 2017
• First release | Android Studio 3.x | Android 5.0+
• Backend with Parse SDK hosted on https://back4app.com


Think about a message in a bottle, in a digital way: that’s basically FlyWord, a Universal App Template where you can send messages to specific locations in the world and have people find them. Once a user finds a message, he can choose to throw it away forever, keep it and contact the message sender via the built-in chat.
If you find a message, it becomes automatically yours and will not be visible to other people – it’s like when you find a message in a bottle, it’s yours forever.
This is an innovative and fun application for who is looking for new penpal friends, establish relationships around the world or simply have fun.
FlyWord includes a Report inappropriate content feature, block/unblock users in Chats, embedded Google Map and Terms of User HTML file, along with an Account screen where you can see the messages you’ve sent, the ones you read and your active chats.

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.

FlyWord is a native Android Studio project, Java/XML language, Universal, Parse SDK hosted on http://back4app.com, super easy to customize.




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.

The demo APK crashes on startup

Make sure that the minimum Android version of your device is the one listed in the FEATURES section below. If the problem persists, please contact me through my profile’s contact form and send me the Logcat message of you get when the app crashes along with the steps you made to reproduce the crash. Please note that not all real devices print an error Logcat message, in this case just run the APK into the Android Studio’s emulator and you’ll surely get the red messages about your issue.

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 2.3.x project – Java/XML
  • Universal – Android 5.0+
  • AdMob banners
  • Works with Parse SDK hosted on back{4}app
  • Push Notifications for Chat messages
  • Send messages by choosing a location on the Map
  • Find messages around your location (Location service enabled required)
  • Terms Of use HTML file (to be edited)
  • Report inappropriate/offensive users
  • Throw messages away (they’ll be gone forever)
  • PDF User Guide included
  • PSD icon 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









Important Disclaimer: We’ve recently found out that some developers have bought our app templates, reskinned them just a bit and put them on sale on other source code markets similar to CodeCanyon, saying that they developed and own such source codes.
That is a serious copyright infringement, developers who buy our templates are allowed to reskin and sell them as apps on the App Store (accordingly to the License type they’ve purchased a template for) but are not allowed to put our original source codes for sale on source code markets, including CodeCanyon. We will report developers who made copyright infringements to the competent authorities. Thanks.

by
by
by
by
by
by