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ReadIt | Android Universal Social News App Template

ReadIt | Android Universal Social News App Template















Nov 2nd 2017
• Updated to Android Studio 3 and buildToolsVersion to '26.0.2'
Oct 12th 2017
• Added Push Notifications code for saved news and comments in Configs.java, Home.java, Comments.java, Manifest.xml
Added this dependency in build.gradle:
    compile 'com.google.android.gms:play-services-gcm:+'

• Updated the User Guide
Oct 6th 2017
• Added a SEND button in comments.xml and moved the code that sends a comment into that button in Comments.java 
• Removed 'commTxt.setOnEditorActionListener()' method in Comments.java
• 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 20th 2017
• Updated targetSdkVersion and compileSdkVersion to 26 in build.gradle
May 30th 2017
• Initial release | Android Studio 2.3.2 project, Parse SDK hosted on back{4}app



ReadIt is a Universal App template that works similarly to reddit, you can login/sign up for an account and post links of the news you want, vote and share them on social networks or email, and also comment them. Your account screen includes the list of your posts and the saved ones (you can only save news from other users, since your own ones will be automatically added to your account’s page).
You should also daily check your Parse Dashboard for reported News or Comments and take actions for 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 sever side.

ReadIt is a native Android Studio project, Java/XML language, Universal, super easy to customize, backend with Parse SDK hosted on https://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 by 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 persist, please contact me by 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 – Universal – Android 5.0+
  • AdMob banners
  • Easily post your links, give them a title, choose a category
  • Report inappropriate Posts and Comments
  • PDF User Guide and PSD icons 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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