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From Joe Bowser <bows...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [Android] Apps restart instead of resume when brought to focus by clicking app icon
Date Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:26:24 GMT
On Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 12:28 PM, Michal Mocny <mmocny@chromium.org> wrote:
> Joe, I think you may have that backwards.  singleTop means we don't get get
> restarted so avoid the issue of preserving state.  If we leave the
> launchMode as the default, we *do* get killed off and lose state.

Yeah, I did, which is why I changed my mind. :P

We still should fix preserving state, and I'm not convinced that this
is the right thing to do in all instances.

>
> Braden, if I understand what you say correct, singleTop is not good for
> apps that have multiple activities which it launches conditionally
> depending on incoming intent, but we do not so its a fine default?
>

We totally could have that, it depends on the plugin, which is why I
propose that this be a config setting.



> Bas, thanks for pointing that out.  Seems they advise same default
> launchMode.
>
> -Michal
>
>
> On Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 3:01 PM, Bas Bosman <cordova@nazgul.nu> wrote:
>
>> Just wanted to point out a Pull Request on a Phonegap Build plugin related
>> to this subject:
>> https://github.com/phonegap-build/PushPlugin/pull/149
>>
>> Don't have any expertise on the issue, but remembered reading this PR a
>> few days ago.
>>
>> Bas
>>
>> > 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 <bowserj@gmail.com> 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
>> >> <braden@chromium.org> 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 <mmocny@google.com>
>> >>> wrote:
>> >>>
>> >>>> TLDR; AndroidManifest.xml <activity> needs:
>> >>>> android:launchMode="singleTop"
>> >>>> -- can I add it?
>> >>>>
>> >>>> Quick search brings up:
>> >>>>
>> >>>>
>> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/10122449/phonegap-android-application-restarting-instead-of-resuming-although-it-was-not
>> >>>>
>> >>>> ..which advises to add android:launchMode="singleTask" to
>> >>>> AndroidManifest.xml <activity>, which does fix the issue.
>> >>>>
>> >>>> According to the descriptions in
>> >>>>
>> http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/manifest/activity-element.htmlthe
>> >>>> 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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