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From "Bas Bosman" <>
Subject Re: [Android] Apps restart instead of resume when brought to focus by clicking app icon
Date Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:01:21 GMT
Just wanted to point out a Pull Request on a Phonegap Build plugin related
to this subject:

Don't have any expertise on the issue, but remembered reading this PR a
few days ago.


> OK, I changed my mind after re-reading the docs once again.
> We should make this a configurable option ideally.  singleTop might
> make sense for legacy webview apps, but I'd have to see the way that
> we do WebView.  We still need to solve state preservation though.
> On Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 11:20 AM, Joe Bowser <> wrote:
>> Agreed.  If we keep re-starting over and over again, we lose state.
>> We haven't been successful in preserving the state of the app when we
>> get killed off, so I think singleTop is a really terrible idea until
>> we get state preservation solved, which is a really hard problem.
>> On Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 11:14 AM, Braden Shepherdson
>> <> wrote:
>>> I think singleTop is "not recommended" for typical Android apps, that
>>> want
>>> to go opening different activities using various Intents from
>>> notifications. For something like Cordova, avoiding that restart is
>>> ideal.
>>> Braden
>>> On Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 2:08 PM, Michal Mocny <>
>>> wrote:
>>>> TLDR; AndroidManifest.xml <activity> needs:
>>>> android:launchMode="singleTop"
>>>> -- can I add it?
>>>> Quick search brings up:
>>>> ..which advises to add android:launchMode="singleTask" to
>>>> AndroidManifest.xml <activity>, which does fix the issue.
>>>> According to the descriptions in
>>>> differences mostly stem in how the app handles intents, however, there
>>>> is a comment in the table of descriptions which labels singleTask
>>>> launchMode as  "(not recommended for general use)".
>>>> On the other hand, singleTop mode *is* recommended, and also fixes the
>>>> issue, and according to the description, sounds to me like a much
>>>> better
>>>> default.
>>>> So, does anyone have a reason to not set
>>>> android:launchMode="singleTop" in
>>>> the default cordova-android platform template?
>>>> I notice Simon commented on the above SO question, so I guess we were
>>>> already aware of the issue a while ago.  Is there a conscious reason
>>>> for
>>>> not setting that launchMode by default, or did this just slip through
>>>> the
>>>> cracks?  Is there a known downside?
>>>> -Michal

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