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YouNews | Android Universal News App Template

YouNews | Android Universal News App Template














Jan 20th 2018
• Added this line in the dependencies list on build.gradle (Module: app):
    compile 'com.squareup.okhttp3:okhttp:+'
Nov 2nd 2017
• Updated to Android Studio 3 and buildToolsVersion to '26.0.2'
Oct 6th 2017
• Added some lines of code into signupButt method in SignUp.java that save a default avatar in the User class 
• 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();
Sep 5th 2017
• Fixed a small bug in the onCreate() method of NewsByCategory.java with this code:
      // Get strings from Home.java
        Bundle extras = getIntent().getExtras();
        category = extras.getString("category");

        // Set Title
        TextView titleTxt = (TextView)findViewById(R.id.nbcTitleTxt);
        titleTxt.setTypeface(Configs.titSemibold);
        titleTxt.setText(category.toUpperCase());

Now the app correctly queries news by a selected category.
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 6th 2017
• Initial release | Android Studio 2.3.x project, Parse SDK hosted on back{4}app




YouNews is a Universal App Template where you – as the Admin of the app – can easily add and edit news via the Parse Dashboard hosted on back4app.com or Adminca.com free CMS panel for Parse apps and have them displayed right away in the app:



You can also send Push Notifications to all registered devices via the Parse Push console on back4app.

Users and readers can comment, like and share news – Login/Sign Up is required for comments and likes – as well as contact the admin by email, rate the app on the App Store. You as the Admin of the app should daily check your database for reported comments and take action for them.
The Category images and names are stored locally within the Xcode project, the User Guide explains how to configure the app, the backend on back4app and how to edit/add categories.

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. Worried about Parse shutting down? It won’t, please check this out: https://hubpages.com/technology/Parse-SDK-will-not-shutdown-in-thanks-to-back4app



YouNews is a native Android Studio project, Java/xml language, 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 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+ – Backend with Parse SDK hosted on https://back4app.com
  • AdMob banners
  • Send Push Notifications to all registered device via the Parse Push web console on back4app
  • Comment, like and share news
  • Admin can easily insert/edit news via the Parse Dashboard or Adminca.com CMS panel
  • Rate and share app feature
  • Image and YouTube video headers for the news details screen
  • PDF User Guide and PSD 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









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.

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