Adding ProGuard to Your Android Cordova Project


“The ProGuard tool shrinks, optimizes, and obfuscates your code by removing unused code and renaming classes, fields, and methods with semantically obscure names. The result is a smaller sized .apk file that is more difficult to reverse engineer” (from http://developer.android.com/tools/help/proguard.html). You’ll want to use this tool if your app has sensitive security features you want to protect. To my knowledge, it does not obfuscate your HTML.

These steps assume you’ve already built your Android Cordova project and just about finished it, and are ready to build a release version of the app. Continue reading

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Submitting an Android App to Amazon


Are you curious about the process of submitting an app to Amazon? These are the steps I took.

According to Amazon’s developer page at https://developer.amazon.com/public/solutions/devices/fire-tablets, you develop Amazon apps with Android Studio Beta, and your project should build by Gradle. My project was neither of these and it still was accepted. I chose an app already made with Cordova CLI, proofed by Eclipse, signed and zipaligned via CLI, and successfully uploaded to Google Play, and uploaded it to Amazon with just a few graphic asset size changes. Here are the steps I took. Continue reading

Setting Up Your Development Environment for Cordova Android projects


Updated 8/2/2015 to include Windows 7 setup. Adobe PhoneGap/Apache Cordova CLI quickly sets up your project files for the mobile environment. However, it requires a hefty setup of your development environment before you can begin making Android apps. If you are a working developer, all these tools are par for the course and you’ll have them already installed. If you are trying out Cordova/PhoneGap for the first time, and you are new to the programming world – welcome! – you need to install all the “dependencies” that Cordova/PhoneGap assumes are already resident on your system. Follow all these steps to make your Cordova/PhoneGap work go smoothly. Of course, these steps need to be done just once. Continue reading

Signing an Android Apk via CLI


From time to time I got frustrated with Eclipse (update: I no longer use Eclipse). For those who have buggy software or other problems that hinder you from creating an apk file, you can follow these steps apart from opening Eclipse.

Purpose of this page for newcomers: In the past, I used Cordova/PhoneGap to create the debug version of my apps for testing, then turned to Eclipse to create the final apk that Google Play accepts for the store. Play does not accept debug versions of an app. This article gives the steps to use Cordova CLI to create the final apk version that would be uploaded to Google Play or any other app store that accepts apk files.

The information is divided into two sections. The first section is for new, version 1 apps in which a private key and keystore need to be generated. The second section is for version 2+ apps, in which the keystore is already present and needs to be applied to the apk to sign it. Just follow all these steps in the Terminal app – you need open no other software.  Continue reading

Using Android Studio Beta with Cordova PhoneGap


Article updated here 11/2016: https://iphonedevlog.wordpress.com/2016/11/21/using-android-studio-with-cordova-projects/

I installed Android Studio Beta to see how it currently stacks up against Eclipse. It’s apparent that Android Development Tools for Eclipse is going the way of the dodo and will no longer be updated as vigorously. It’s my impression that Android Studio Beta (AS) is Google’s new SDK to replace Eclipse. We’ll need to learn it sooner or later, so why not now? Here are my notes as I set up the environment and discover the path to creating an apk. These steps track the install and setup of Android Studio down to outputting a signed apk for Google Play upload.  Continue reading

News: Cordova, iPhone 6, and iOS 8


Shazron of Adobe System’s Inc. gives us the latest news about Cordova and Apple’s release of iOS 8. Here’s what we need to change to get our apps ready for iOS 8:

http://shazronatadobe.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/cordova-ios-and-ios-8/

More news:
http://sdtimes.com/guest-view-hybrid-app-developers-love-new-ios-8/
http://www.sitepoint.com/getting-app-ready-ios-8/

Nov. 25, 2014 Need to upgrade iOS apps with Cordova older than 3.4.1 before Feb. 2015: http://cordova.apache.org/announcements/2014/11/25/ios-64bit.html

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