Sampath Janardhan Sampath Janardhan - 5 months ago 18
Android Question

Android Place Picker closes immediately after launch

I am developing an android application as part of a project, and am using Google places API to display places of interest based on location. I am using the PlacePicker Inentbuilder to accomplish this.

However, when the app is run, the place picker launches and then closes immediately (about 1-2 seconds).

I have already implemented the below suggestions (that I got from other answers):

I have generated the public API key for android applications, and am including this in the meta-data tag in the app manifest.

I have enabled the "Google Places API for android" API on the developers console.

I have included the latest play services version in dependencies in build.gradle.

I have included my code and the logcat below. Do let me know if I need to include anything else.

Manifest.xml:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
package="com.sampath.project.project_v2" >

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION" />


<application
android:allowBackup="true"
android:icon="@mipmap/ic_launcher"
android:label="@string/app_name"
android:theme="@style/AppTheme" >
<activity
android:name=".MainActivity"
android:label="@string/app_name" >
<intent-filter>
<action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />

<category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
</intent-filter>
</activity>

<meta-data
android:name="com.google.android.gms.version"
android:value="@integer/google_play_services_version" />

<meta-data
android:name="com.google.android.geo.api_key"
android:value="@string/google_api_key" />
<meta-data
android:name="com.google.android.maps.v2.API_KEY"
android:value="@string/google_api_key" />"

<activity
android:name=".LoginActivity"
android:label="@string/title_activity_login" >
</activity>
<activity
android:name=".PlacesSample"
android:label="@string/title_activity_places_sample" >
<meta-data
android:name="com.google.android.geo.api_key"
android:value="@string/google_api_key" />
</activity>
</application>

</manifest>


Build.gradle (app module - This is the only module)

apply plugin: 'com.android.application'

android {
compileSdkVersion 22
buildToolsVersion "22.0.1"

defaultConfig {
applicationId "com.sampath.project.project_v2"
minSdkVersion 16
targetSdkVersion 21
versionCode 1
versionName "1.0"
}
buildTypes {
release {
minifyEnabled false
proguardFiles getDefaultProguardFile('proguard-android.txt'), 'proguard-rules.pro'
}
}
}

dependencies {
//compile fileTree(include: ['*.jar'], dir: 'libs')
//compile 'com.android.support:appcompat-v7:22.1.1'
compile 'com.android.support:appcompat-v7:22.1.1'
compile 'com.android.support:cardview-v7:22.1.1'
compile 'com.android.support:recyclerview-v7:22.1.1'
compile 'com.google.android.gms:play-services:7.3.0'
}


PlacesSample - Activity that is using google places API:

package com.sampath.project.project_v2;


import android.content.Context;
import android.content.Intent;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.support.v7.app.AppCompatActivity;
import android.view.Menu;
import android.view.MenuItem;
import android.view.View;
import android.widget.TextView;
import android.widget.Toast;

import com.google.android.gms.common.GooglePlayServicesNotAvailableException;
import com.google.android.gms.common.GooglePlayServicesRepairableException;
import com.google.android.gms.location.places.Place;
import com.google.android.gms.location.places.ui.PlacePicker;


public class PlacesSample extends AppCompatActivity {
TextView getLocation;
int PLACE_PICKER_REQUEST = 1;
@Override
protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
setContentView(R.layout.activity_places_sample);
getLocation = (TextView)findViewById(R.id.getLocTV);
getLocation.setClickable(true);
getLocation.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
@Override
public void onClick(View v) {
PlacePicker.IntentBuilder builder = new PlacePicker.IntentBuilder();
Intent intent;
try {
intent = builder.build(getApplicationContext());
startActivityForResult(intent, PLACE_PICKER_REQUEST);
System.out.println("start activity for result");
} catch (GooglePlayServicesRepairableException e) {
e.printStackTrace();
} catch (GooglePlayServicesNotAvailableException e) {
e.printStackTrace();
}

}
});
}

@Override
public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) {
getMenuInflater().inflate(R.menu.menu_places_sample, menu);
return true;
}

@Override
public boolean onOptionsItemSelected(MenuItem item) {
// Handle action bar item clicks here. The action bar will
// automatically handle clicks on the Home/Up button, so long
// as you specify a parent activity in AndroidManifest.xml.
int id = item.getItemId();

//noinspection SimplifiableIfStatement
if (id == R.id.action_settings) {
return true;
}

return super.onOptionsItemSelected(item);
}

protected void onActivityResult(int requestCode, int resultCode, Intent data) {
System.out.println("onActivityResult");
if (requestCode == PLACE_PICKER_REQUEST) {
if (resultCode == RESULT_OK) {
Place place = PlacePicker.getPlace(data, this);
String toastMsg = String.format("Place: %s", place.getName());
Toast.makeText(this, toastMsg, Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();
}
}
}
}


Logcat:

05-05 23:38:30.593 21408-21408/com.sampath.project.project_v2 I/Timeline﹕ Timeline: Activity_idle id: android.os.BinderProxy@17e945c6 time:628772943
05-05 23:38:30.598 21408-21408/com.sampath.project.project_v2 I/Timeline﹕ Timeline: Activity_idle id: android.os.BinderProxy@17e945c6 time:628772948
05-05 23:38:31.517 21408-21408/com.sampath.project.project_v2 I/Timeline﹕ Timeline: Activity_launch_request id:com.sampath.project.project_v2 time:628773867
05-05 23:38:31.527 21408-21408/com.sampath.project.project_v2 W/ResourceType﹕ For resource 0x01030224, entry index(548) is beyond type entryCount(9)
05-05 23:38:31.527 21408-21408/com.sampath.project.project_v2 W/ResourceType﹕ For resource 0x01030224, entry index(548) is beyond type entryCount(9)
05-05 23:38:31.636 21408-21408/com.sampath.project.project_v2 I/Timeline﹕ Timeline: Activity_idle id: android.os.BinderProxy@2daadb0a time:628773986
05-05 23:38:33.869 21408-21408/com.sampath.project.project_v2 I/System.out﹕ start activity for result
05-05 23:38:34.227 21408-21408/com.sampath.project.project_v2 I/System.out﹕ onActivityResult
05-05 23:38:34.235 21408-21408/com.sampath.project.project_v2 I/Timeline﹕ Timeline: Activity_idle id: android.os.BinderProxy@2daadb0a time:628776586

Answer

Francois Wouts' solutions helped answer this. Thank you Francois...

I searched the logs with keyword 'Places' and found that Places API was indeed throwing an exception. It expected the com.google.android.geo.API_KEY within the <application> tags in the Manifest.xml. I had changed to com.google.android.geo.API_KEY in the <activity> tag and not the one in the <application> tag. Now changed to com.google.android.geo.API_KEY and removed the same lines from <activity> tag, and got it working. Feel like an idiot for not working this out by myself..

The meta-data tag should read android:name="com.google.android.geo.API_KEY"
It should be within the <application> tag in the Manifest.

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