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android – How to display count of notifications in app launcher icon

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Questions:

samsung galaxy note 2 android version 4.1.2

I know that this question was asked before and the reply was not possible

How to display balloon counter over application launcher icon on
android

Nevertheless yesterday I updated the facebook app and it started to show a counter of unread messages private messages. How come facebook app can and I cant do so for my app?

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samsung galaxy note 2 android version 4.1.2

How to&Answers:

Android (“vanilla” android without custom launchers and touch interfaces) does not allow changing of the application icon, because it is sealed in the .apk tightly once the program is compiled. There is no way to change it to a ‘drawable’ programmatically using standard APIs. You may achieve your goal by using a widget instead of an icon. Widgets are customisable. Please read this :http://www.cnet.com/8301-19736_1-10278814-251.html and this http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/appwidgets/index.html.
Also look here: https://github.com/jgilfelt/android-viewbadger. It can help you.

As for badge numbers. As I said before – there is no standard way for doing this. But we all know that Android is an open operating system and we can do everything we want with it, so the only way to add a badge number – is either to use some 3-rd party apps or custom launchers, or front-end touch interfaces: Samsung TouchWiz or Sony Xperia’s interface. Other answers use this capabilities and you can search for this on stackoverflow, e.g. here. But I will repeat one more time: there is no standard API for this and I want to say it is a bad practice. App’s icon notification badge is an iOS pattern and it should not be used in Android apps anyway. In Andrioid there is a status bar notifications for these purposes:http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/ui/notifiers/notifications.html
So, if Facebook or someone other use this – it is not a common pattern or trend we should consider. But if you insist anyway and don’t want to use home screen widgets then look here, please:

How does Facebook add badge numbers on app icon in Android?

As you see this is not an actual Facebook app it’s TouchWiz. In vanilla android this can be achieved with Nova Launcher http://forums.androidcentral.com/android-applications/199709-how-guide-global-badge-notifications.html
So if you will see icon badges somewhere, be sure it is either a 3-rd party launcher or touch interface (frontend wrapper). May be sometime Google will add this capability to the standard Android API.

Answer:

It works in samsung touchwiz launcher

public static void setBadge(Context context, int count) {
    String launcherClassName = getLauncherClassName(context);
    if (launcherClassName == null) {
        return;
    }
    Intent intent = new Intent("android.intent.action.BADGE_COUNT_UPDATE");
    intent.putExtra("badge_count", count);
    intent.putExtra("badge_count_package_name", context.getPackageName());
    intent.putExtra("badge_count_class_name", launcherClassName);
    context.sendBroadcast(intent);
}

public static String getLauncherClassName(Context context) {

    PackageManager pm = context.getPackageManager();

    Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_MAIN);
    intent.addCategory(Intent.CATEGORY_LAUNCHER);

    List<ResolveInfo> resolveInfos = pm.queryIntentActivities(intent, 0);
    for (ResolveInfo resolveInfo : resolveInfos) {
        String pkgName = resolveInfo.activityInfo.applicationInfo.packageName;
        if (pkgName.equalsIgnoreCase(context.getPackageName())) {
            String className = resolveInfo.activityInfo.name;
            return className;
        }
    }
    return null;
}

Answer:

ShortcutBadger is a library that adds an abstraction layer over the device brand and current launcher and offers a great result. Works with LG, Sony, Samsung, HTC and other custom Launchers.

It even has a way to display Badge Count in Pure Android devices desktop.

Updating the Badge Count in the application icon is as easy as calling:

int badgeCount = 1;
ShortcutBadger.applyCount(context, badgeCount);

It includes a demo application that allows you to test its behavior.

Answer:

I have figured out how this is done for Sony devices.

I’ve blogged about it here. I’ve also posted a seperate SO question about this here.


Sony devices use a class named BadgeReciever.

  1. Declare the com.sonyericsson.home.permission.BROADCAST_BADGE permission in your manifest file:

  2. Broadcast an Intent to the BadgeReceiver:

    Intent intent = new Intent();
    
    intent.setAction("com.sonyericsson.home.action.UPDATE_BADGE");
    intent.putExtra("com.sonyericsson.home.intent.extra.badge.ACTIVITY_NAME", "com.yourdomain.yourapp.MainActivity");
    intent.putExtra("com.sonyericsson.home.intent.extra.badge.SHOW_MESSAGE", true);
    intent.putExtra("com.sonyericsson.home.intent.extra.badge.MESSAGE", "99");
    intent.putExtra("com.sonyericsson.home.intent.extra.badge.PACKAGE_NAME", "com.yourdomain.yourapp");
    
    sendBroadcast(intent);
    
  3. Done. Once this Intent is broadcast the launcher should show a badge on your application icon.

  4. To remove the badge again, simply send a new broadcast, this time with SHOW_MESSAGE set to false:

    intent.putExtra("com.sonyericsson.home.intent.extra.badge.SHOW_MESSAGE", false);
    

I’ve excluded details on how I found this to keep the answer short, but it’s all available in the blog. Might be an interesting read for someone.

Answer:

This is sample and best way for showing badge on notification launcher icon.

Add This Class in your application

public class BadgeUtils {

    public static void setBadge(Context context, int count) {
        setBadgeSamsung(context, count);
        setBadgeSony(context, count);
    }

    public static void clearBadge(Context context) {
        setBadgeSamsung(context, 0);
        clearBadgeSony(context);
    }


    private static void setBadgeSamsung(Context context, int count) {
        String launcherClassName = getLauncherClassName(context);
        if (launcherClassName == null) {
            return;
        }
        Intent intent = new Intent("android.intent.action.BADGE_COUNT_UPDATE");
        intent.putExtra("badge_count", count);
        intent.putExtra("badge_count_package_name", context.getPackageName());
        intent.putExtra("badge_count_class_name", launcherClassName);
        context.sendBroadcast(intent);
    }

    private static void setBadgeSony(Context context, int count) {
        String launcherClassName = getLauncherClassName(context);
        if (launcherClassName == null) {
            return;
        }

        Intent intent = new Intent();
        intent.setAction("com.sonyericsson.home.action.UPDATE_BADGE");
        intent.putExtra("com.sonyericsson.home.intent.extra.badge.ACTIVITY_NAME", launcherClassName);
        intent.putExtra("com.sonyericsson.home.intent.extra.badge.SHOW_MESSAGE", true);
        intent.putExtra("com.sonyericsson.home.intent.extra.badge.MESSAGE", String.valueOf(count));
        intent.putExtra("com.sonyericsson.home.intent.extra.badge.PACKAGE_NAME", context.getPackageName());

        context.sendBroadcast(intent);
    }


    private static void clearBadgeSony(Context context) {
        String launcherClassName = getLauncherClassName(context);
        if (launcherClassName == null) {
            return;
        }

        Intent intent = new Intent();
        intent.setAction("com.sonyericsson.home.action.UPDATE_BADGE");
        intent.putExtra("com.sonyericsson.home.intent.extra.badge.ACTIVITY_NAME", launcherClassName);
        intent.putExtra("com.sonyericsson.home.intent.extra.badge.SHOW_MESSAGE", false);
        intent.putExtra("com.sonyericsson.home.intent.extra.badge.MESSAGE", String.valueOf(0));
        intent.putExtra("com.sonyericsson.home.intent.extra.badge.PACKAGE_NAME", context.getPackageName());

        context.sendBroadcast(intent);
    }

    private static String getLauncherClassName(Context context) {

        PackageManager pm = context.getPackageManager();

        Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_MAIN);
        intent.addCategory(Intent.CATEGORY_LAUNCHER);

        List<ResolveInfo> resolveInfos = pm.queryIntentActivities(intent, 0);
        for (ResolveInfo resolveInfo : resolveInfos) {
            String pkgName = resolveInfo.activityInfo.applicationInfo.packageName;
            if (pkgName.equalsIgnoreCase(context.getPackageName())) {
                String className = resolveInfo.activityInfo.name;
                return className;
            }
        }
        return null;
    }


}

==> MyGcmListenerService.java
Use BadgeUtils class when notification comes.

public class MyGcmListenerService extends GcmListenerService { 

    private static final String TAG = "MyGcmListenerService"; 
    @Override
    public void onMessageReceived(String from, Bundle data) {

            String message = data.getString("Msg");
            String Type = data.getString("Type"); 
            Intent intent = new Intent(this, SplashActivity.class);
            intent.addFlags(Intent.FLAG_ACTIVITY_CLEAR_TOP);
            PendingIntent pendingIntent = PendingIntent.getActivity(this, 0 /* Request code */, intent,
                    PendingIntent.FLAG_ONE_SHOT);

            Uri defaultSoundUri = RingtoneManager.getDefaultUri(RingtoneManager.TYPE_NOTIFICATION);

            NotificationCompat.BigTextStyle bigTextStyle= new NotificationCompat.BigTextStyle();

            bigTextStyle .setBigContentTitle(getString(R.string.app_name))
                    .bigText(message);
            NotificationCompat.Builder notificationBuilder = new NotificationCompat.Builder(this)
                    .setSmallIcon(getNotificationIcon())
                    .setContentTitle(getString(R.string.app_name))
                    .setContentText(message)
                    .setStyle(bigTextStyle) 
                    .setAutoCancel(true)
                    .setSound(defaultSoundUri)
                    .setContentIntent(pendingIntent);

            int color = getResources().getColor(R.color.appColor);
            notificationBuilder.setColor(color);
            NotificationManager notificationManager =
                    (NotificationManager) getSystemService(Context.NOTIFICATION_SERVICE);


            int unOpenCount=AppUtill.getPreferenceInt("NOTICOUNT",this);
            unOpenCount=unOpenCount+1;

            AppUtill.savePreferenceLong("NOTICOUNT",unOpenCount,this);  
            notificationManager.notify(unOpenCount /* ID of notification */, notificationBuilder.build()); 

// This is for bladge on home icon          
        BadgeUtils.setBadge(MyGcmListenerService.this,(int)unOpenCount);

    }


    private int getNotificationIcon() {
        boolean useWhiteIcon = (android.os.Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= android.os.Build.VERSION_CODES.LOLLIPOP);
        return useWhiteIcon ? R.drawable.notification_small_icon : R.drawable.icon_launcher;
    }
}

And clear notification from preference and also with badge count

 public class SplashActivity extends AppCompatActivity { 
                @Override
                protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
                    super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
                    setContentView(R.layout.activity_splash);

                    AppUtill.savePreferenceLong("NOTICOUNT",0,this);
                    BadgeUtils.clearBadge(this);
            }
    }
<uses-permission android:name="com.sonyericsson.home.permission.BROADCAST_BADGE" />