StoresAround | Android Universal Store Finder App Template

StoresAround | Android Universal Store Finder App Template

Both iOS and Android version can share the same Parse database

Please note that we’re not providing a demo APK because it won’t work on your side, unless you’re close to our home place where we’ve set a few demo stores for building and testing the app. So you can still check the video preview of this app by clicking on the image below:

Jan 20th 2018
• Added this line in the dependencies list of build.gradle (Module: app):
    compile 'com.squareup.okhttp3:okhttp:+'
Nov 5th 2017
• Updated to Android Studio 3 and buildToolsversion to '26.0.2' in build.gradle
Oct 8th 2017
• Added a custom 'pd.xml' file in the 'layout' folder and some code into ('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:

with the new lines of code to show and hide the custom ProgressDialog, which start with:

• Edited 'getUserDetailsFromFB()' method in in case of no email from Facebook login
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 "" }
July 20th 2017
• Updated targetSdkVersion and compileSdkVersion to 26 in build.gradle
• Edited the image picked methods in
• Added a provider_paths.xml file into res/xml
• Added a <provider> tag into Manifest.xml
• Added a scale bitmap method into, for better performances on old devices
• Added a Storage permission request in the onCreate() method in 

StoresAround is a Universal App Template where you can let people see and submit stores nearby, it has Localization service, search by Category and up to 100 Km nearby.
It has a News section that you can edit on your Parse Dashboard, as well as inserting/editing the Stores details and images.
Users can submit their stores for review, you as the Admin of the app may daily enter your Parse Dashboard to check out and approve those stores by simply switching the field isPending to False.
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.

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.

You may also use the Adminca Panel as a great alternative to insert/edit data in your Parse Dashboard, after you’ll create your app on back4app, create a free account on and create a new Panel, choose self-hosted Parse server and paste your Host, Application ID and Master Key in the relative fields (you cam find them into Core Settings of your back4app panel)

StoresAround is a native Android Studio project, Universal, easy to customize, backend with Parse SDK hosted on

About Parse SDK and back4app

Read this article for more info about back4app and Parse SDK:

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:

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:

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.

How do I remove AdMob banner ads?

  1. Enter the .xml files where there’s an AdView and remove its code:
  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(;
            AdRequest adRequest = new AdRequest.Builder().build();
  3. Lastly, remove the play-services-ads reference in the build.gradle file:
        compile ''

  • Android Studio 3.x project – Universal – Android 5.0+
  • Filter stores by category and distance (up to 100 Km/miles nearby your location)
  • Open stores location from the map to Google Maps for directions
  • AdMob banners
  • Facebook login
  • Works with Parse SDK hosted on back{4}app
  • NO web server needed
  • Easily submit stores via the app to the Admin for approval
  • 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

Have fun with StoresAround, and don’t forget to rate it on your Downloads page!

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