Other B4A v8.00 BETA has been released!

Discussion in 'Android Questions' started by Erel, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    I'm very happy to release B4A v8.00 BETA. This update includes many important improvements and makes it simpler to target the latest versions of Android.

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    As explained in this tutorial, all apps will soon need to target sdk version 26 (Android 8). This is a new policy of Google and it has many consequences for app developers. Many of the improvements in B4A v8.0 help developers with this task.

    Improvements:
    • The process of starting the app from the background was rewritten to comply with targetSdkVersion 26 requirements.
    • Push notifications and other features that cause apps to start from the background should be more reliable due to changes in the way services are started. A wake lock is automatically held when a receiver receives an intent. The wake lock is released when the service starts.
    • Automatic foreground mode: https://www.b4x.com/android/forum/threads/automatic-foreground-mode.90546/
    • Notification object rewritten to work with targetSdkVersion 26. In most cases you don't need to change anything. Notification.SetInfo or Notification.SetInfo2 should be the last calls before you show the notification.
    • Notification.SetInfo / SetInfo2 accept CharSequences so it can work with CSBuilder.
    • StartServiceAt / StartServiceAtExact rewritten to work with targetSdkVersion 26 and they are now more reliable.
    • Notification.Initialize2 - Allows to set the notification channel importance level.
    • Better support for AAR libraries: jni folders (native libraries) are handled properly, assets and resources from internal jars are added to the project.
    • Signing key size is explicitly set to avoid issues with newer versions of Java.
    • B4A Sdk Manager v3.22 - Bug fixes and support for Google based AVDs.
    • Screenshot tool modified to work with latest versions of Android SDK.
    • MediaPlayer.IsInitialzied method.
    • Manifest editor macros - Macros can be added to libraries or zip files. For example to set a light theme based on Android version:
      Code:
      CreateResourceFromFile(Macro, Themes.LightTheme)
      Unless you are setting a custom theme then it is recommended to use either Themes.LightTheme or Themes.DarkTheme.

      Firebase push notifications:
      Code:
      CreateResourceFromFile(Macro, FirebaseAnalytics.GooglePlayBase)
      CreateResourceFromFile(Macro, FirebaseAnalytics.Firebase)
      CreateResourceFromFile(Macro, FirebaseNotifications.FirebaseNotifications)
      https://www.b4x.com/android/forum/threads/new-feature-manifest-macros.90398/#content

    • Custom class templates - Class templates can be added to libraries.
      For example if you add the XUI library to your project then you will have an option to add a custom view based on XUI:

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      Libraries can include multiple templates and any library can include templates.
    • #SignKeyAlias attribute - Allows overriding the default signing key alias.
    • Firebase and xCustomListView are internal libraries.
    • Libraries deprecation messages in the IDE:

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    • Fix for a very long standing issue where the activity code could have been executed while the activity is paused which leads to a hard to reproduce NullPointerException.
    • BADoclet (tool to generate libraries XML) v1.07 - adds support for custom class templates.
    • Other bug fixes and minor improvements.

    Backward compatibility notes
    • Notification.SetInfo or SetInfo2 should be the last calls before you use the notification. Note that standard notifications created with previous versions of B4A will not work at all on Android 8+ when targetSdkVersion is 26+.
    • Adding a service, other than the Starter service, will add the WAKE_LOCK permission. This is a non-dangerous permission.
      As mentioned above a wake lock is held automatically when a service is started from the background and until Service_Start is called. You can remove this permission with:
      Code:
      RemovePermission(android.permission.WAKE_LOCK)
      Everything will still work, however the service might fail to start from the background in some cases.

    Developers eligible for a free upgrade should receive an email with upgrade instructions.
    I remind you that this is a beta version.
     
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2018
  2. Jmu5667

    Jmu5667 Well-Known Member Licensed User

    Awesome !
     
  3. Star-Dust

    Star-Dust Expert Licensed User

    Many thanks, we felt the need.
     
  4. RonSens

    RonSens Member Licensed User

    Great Erel, thank you!
    This is really a fantastic tool and we are using it a lot right now for all different kind of apps.
     
  5. Cableguy

    Cableguy Expert Licensed User

    Would it be too difficult to allow for a custom template? (Personal template).
     
  6. Peter Simpson

    Peter Simpson Expert Licensed User

  7. tufanv

    tufanv Expert Licensed User

    Thanks ! It will be very easy to switch to new requirements
     
  8. Multiverse app

    Multiverse app Active Member Licensed User

    Sooo much excited to try it!
     
  9. DonManfred

    DonManfred Expert Licensed User

    Agree. Especially i want to try the new Drone Lib and adapt my DroneUI-Lib :)
     
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  10. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    You can create a "stub" library that holds your templates. Start a new thread and I'll explain it. It is quite simple.
     
  11. PassionDEV

    PassionDEV Active Member Licensed User

    Thank you Erel waiting for upgrade email I am excited to experience all of this improvements

    Edit I just received the email thank you alot will test it soon
     
  12. Star-Dust

    Star-Dust Expert Licensed User

    I have already tried and it seems like a Interesting upgrade. Will there be tutorial for the news?
    For example, Custom class templates
     
  13. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    Yes.
     
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  14. Germán Arduino

    Germán Arduino Member Licensed User

    Thanks for the new version!

    I should install it in a different directory, to maintain my current "stable" version?

    Thanks.
     
  15. lemonisdead

    lemonisdead Well-Known Member Licensed User

    At least for the beta ; just change the destination directory. When the stable version will be published you'd choose or not to put it in your main directory.
     
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  16. DonManfred

    DonManfred Expert Licensed User

    As it is a BETA Version i would install it in another path.
     
  17. Germán Arduino

    Germán Arduino Member Licensed User

    Thanks @lemonisdead and @DonManfred.

    In the future, when 8.0 will get stable the upgrade process is simply install over my current directory? Or I should uninstall the current version first?

    Thanks.
     
  18. DonManfred

    DonManfred Expert Licensed User

    yes. I always do it this way.
     
  19. lemonisdead

    lemonisdead Well-Known Member Licensed User

    Just install the stable over the previous stable (but it is not necessary and you can keep both if you wish ; that's your choice). Only the shortcut in Windows start menu is updated.
     
  20. Germán Arduino

    Germán Arduino Member Licensed User

    Thanks guys!
     
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