Category Archives: serenity

Creating Android TV Recommendations

I’m in the process of integrating Serenity for Android with the new Android TV platform.   One of the items is to add Recommendations for Movies and TV Shows to watch.  These will appear along side other apps recommendations.   … Continue reading

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Maven, Android L, Android TV, and a bit less hair.

While working on upgrading my app for Android TV.  I ran into some build issues.  There are problems with the way the Android L support libaries define their depenencies in the m2repository that comes with the SDK.   In general … Continue reading

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Serenity for Android now on Amazon Fire TV

Version 1.7.3 should now be available in the Amazon App store and be available for the Amazon Fire TV.   A newer version has been submitted that should bring it up to speed with the Google Play version in a … Continue reading

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YouTube GData API and Android

If you want to use the YouTube API v2 to search for content on YouTube with an Android device, the recommended way is the use the gdata-http-client java package. However, this requires that you parse the XML returned yourself, and … Continue reading

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Serenity now on the Amazon App Store

Version 1.5.2 is now available in the play store.   It’s been a while since I posted an update here on the blog, but a lot has been added to the App since the last posting.  Some of the features … Continue reading

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Serenity for Android 1.4.0

Version 1.4.0-M3 is now available on the development site.   One of the features that is missing from the Plex Media Server and more importantly the various players is the ability to Queue up videos for playback and have them … Continue reading

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Creating a Google TV Sliding Navigation Menu

The standard design pattern for Google TV apps is generally to use the LeftNavBar library. Unfortunately there isn’t an apklib and it isn’t included as a google tv addon library, so one has to compile and work with the library … Continue reading

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Code Coverage of Robolectric Tests using JaCoCo

Those that have followed me over the years know that I’m big proponent of Unit Testing and Code Coverage. When I started working on Serenity for Android as a learning project for Android development, I missed not having that code … Continue reading

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Android Refresh Activity

I had an issue where I was having a problem getting an activity to refresh or recreate itself, when being called from a BroadcastReceiver.   The odd thing is that if I launched using Eclipse, it would work and refresh. … Continue reading

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Serenity for Android 1.3.0

Version 1.3.0 is now available in the play store.   This adds a user requested feature to support the Plex Music Library. Summer time means more sun, more yard work, and typically less time to devote to hobby projects.   … Continue reading

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