dfilkovi dfilkovi - 2 months ago 11
Android Question

After orientation change buttons on a widget are not responding

I have two buttons on a widget that change some items in a widget, if an orientation is changed on a phone, buttons do nothing. I read http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/resources/runtime-changes.html but this is all about activity not widget.

@Override
public void onUpdate(Context context, AppWidgetManager appWidgetManager, int[] appWidgetIds)
{
RemoteViews remoteViews = new RemoteViews(context.getPackageName(), R.layout.widget);

Intent active = new Intent(context, TvWidget.class);
active.setAction(ACTION_WIDGET_RECEIVER);
mDbHelper = new DbAdapter(context);
fillChannelList(context, appWidgetIds[appWidgetIds.length-1]);
Set<Integer> keys = channelsImages.keySet();
Iterator<Integer> iter = keys.iterator();
while(iter.hasNext())
{
if(channelId == 0)
{
channelId = iter.next();
break;
}
}
SharedPreferences settings = context.getSharedPreferences(PREFS_NAME, 0);
Editor edit = settings.edit();
edit.putInt("channelId", channelId);
edit.putInt("appWidgetIds", appWidgetIds[appWidgetIds.length-1]);
edit.commit();
active.putExtra("net.aerosoftware.tvvodic.appWidgetIds", appWidgetIds);
PendingIntent actionPendingIntent = PendingIntent.getBroadcast(context, 0, active, 0);
remoteViews.setOnClickPendingIntent(R.id.button_next, actionPendingIntent);

Intent refresh = new Intent(context, TvWidget.class);
refresh.setAction(ACTION_WIDGET_REFRESH);
refresh.putExtra("net.aerosoftware.tvvodic.appWidgetIds", appWidgetIds);
PendingIntent refreshPendingIntent = PendingIntent.getBroadcast(context, 0, refresh, 0);
remoteViews.setOnClickPendingIntent(R.id.button_refresh, refreshPendingIntent);

updateView(context);
appWidgetManager.updateAppWidget(appWidgetIds, remoteViews);
super.onUpdate(context, appWidgetManager, appWidgetIds);
}

Answer

I would suggest creating a Service (possibly subclassing this within your AppWidgetProvider) and overriding the onConfigurationChanged() method. Using the service will allow you to delegate your business logic to be handled by the service, build, and update your widget. It will also allow you to manage rotations. And if you're performing any blocking operations then the service would be a good place to spawn a Thread and return the result back to the main UI thread to avoid ANRs.

I would suggest something like the following:

public class MyWidget extends AppWidgetProvider
{
    @Override
    public void onUpdate(Context context, AppWidgetManager appWidgetManager, int[] appWidgetIds)
    {
        context.startService(new Intent(context, MyUpdateService.class));
    }

    public static class MyUpdateService extends Service
    {
        @Override
        public void onStart(Intent intent, int startId)
        {
            super.onStart(intent, startId);
            // Update the widget
            RemoteView remoteView = buildRemoteView(this);

            // Push update to homescreen
            pushUpdate(remoteView);

            // No more updates so stop the service and free resources
            stopSelf();
        }

        public RemoteViews buildRemoteView(Context context)
        {
            RemoteView updateView = null;

            updateView = new RemoteViews(context.getPackageName(), R.layout.my_widget_layout);
            // Your code to build and update the remote view


            return updateView;
        }

        @Override
        public void onConfigurationChanged(Configuration newConfig)
        {
            int oldOrientation = this.getResources().getConfiguration().orientation;

            if(newConfig.orientation != oldOrientation)
            {
                // Update the widget
                RemoteView remoteView = buildRemoteView(this);

                // Push update to homescreen
                pushUpdate(remoteView);
            }
        }

        private void pushUpdate(RemoteView remoteView)
        {
            ComponentName myWidget = new ComponentName(this, MyWidget.class);
            AppWidgetManager manager = AppWidgetManager.getInstance(this);
            manager.updateAppWidget(myWidget, updateViews);
        }
    }
}

Also have a look at this link: http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2009/04/introducing-home-screen-widgets-and.html

Also, be sure to indicate that you are interested in receiving notifications on rotation change within your manifest. Something like this will work: android:configChanges="keyboardHidden|orientation" declared within your service declaration inside the manifest.

Hope that helps!