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Subject [jira] [Commented] (CB-9393) Embedded use case is undocumented for Cordova-Android 4.0.x
Date Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:27:18 GMT


ASF GitHub Bot commented on CB-9393:

Github user jcesarmobile commented on a diff in the pull request:
    --- Diff: www/docs/en/dev/guide/platforms/android/ ---
    @@ -29,106 +29,73 @@ components can communicate with each other, see Application Plugins.
     If you're unfamiliar with Android, you should first familiarize
     yourself with the [Android Platform Guide](index.html) and have the latest Android
     SDK installed before you attempt the more unusual development option
    -of embedding a WebView.  Starting with Cordova 1.9, the Android
    -platform relies on a `CordovaWebView` component, which builds on a
    -legacy `CordovaActivity` component that pre-dates the 1.9 release.
    +of embedding a WebView.  Starting with Cordova 4.0, the Android
    +platform relies on a `SystemWebView` component.
     1. To follow these instructions, make sure you have the latest Cordova
        distribution. Download it from
        []( and unzip its
        Android package.
    -1. Navigate to the Android package's `/framework` directory and run
    -   `ant jar`. It creates the Cordova `.jar` file, formed as
    -   `/framework/cordova-x.x.x.jar`.
    +1. Create a project in Android Studio
    -1. Copy the `.jar` file into the Android project's `/libs` directory.
    +1. Copy the framework directory into your project's root directory and name it
    +1. Add that project as a library project to your main project.
     1. Add the following to the application's `/res/xml/main.xml` file,
        with the `layout_height`, `layout_width` and `id` modified to suit
        the application:
    -        <org.apache.cordova.CordovaWebView
    +        <org.apache.cordova.SystemWebView
                 android:layout_height="match_parent" />
    -1. Modify the activity so that it implements the `CordovaInterface`.
    -   It should implement the included methods.  You may wish to copy
    -   them from `/framework/src/org/apache/cordova/`,
    -   or else implement them on your own.  The following code fragment
    -   shows a basic application that relies on the interface. Note how
    -   the referenced view id matches the `id` attribute specified in the
    -   XML fragment shown above:
    -        public class CordovaViewTestActivity extends Activity implements CordovaInterface
    -            CordovaWebView cwv;
    -            /* Called when the activity is first created. */
    -            @Override
    -            public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
    -                super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
    -                setContentView(R.layout.main);
    -                cwv = (CordovaWebView) findViewById(;
    -                Config.init(this);
    -                cwv.loadUrl(Config.getStartUrl());
    -            }
    +1. Add the following code to setup your Activity so that you have an interface
    -1. If the application needs to use the camera, implement the
    -   following:
    +        private CordovaInterfaceImpl iface = new CordovaInterfaceImpl(this);
    +1. Add the following to intialize the WebView
    +        //Set up the webview
    +        ConfigXmlParser parser = new ConfigXmlParser();
    +        parser.parse(this);
    +        SystemWebView webView = (SystemWebView) findViewById(;
    --- End diff --
    you used the tutorialView id, not WebViewComponent

> Embedded use case is undocumented for Cordova-Android 4.0.x
> -----------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CB-9393
>                 URL:
>             Project: Apache Cordova
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Android
>    Affects Versions: 4.0.1
>            Reporter: Joe Bowser
>            Assignee: Joe Bowser
>             Fix For: 5.0.0
> We broke the embedded webview use case for Android 4.0.x. and it's currently difficult
to embed a webview without some gradle editing.  We should probably work on getting the Embedded
WebView use case to work out of the box for Gradle, and in the meantime document all the workarounds
for getting an embedded webview in Android Studio to actually work.

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