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From Joe Bowser <>
Subject Re: [Android] Apps restart instead of resume when brought to focus by clicking app icon
Date Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:23:39 GMT
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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