Tag Archives: android

Show notification icon on android status bar

Showing up the notification icons on android status bar is very helpful for you to manage the pending items.  e.g. unread messages etc.

So you don’t have to swipe down everytime to see whether there are any new messages, emails etc.

To set (this settings is based on Android version 6 marshmallow)

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Choose “Notifications & status bar”
  3. Enable “Show notification icons”


How to shop for a smart phone

This is what I normally do.

  1. Find exact model that match your criteria. Use criteria search available in GSM Arena
    For example you want a 13MP camera, 5″ screen size, 2GB RAM, 16GB Internal storage etc.
  2. Then look for price of the phone in lazada.com.my or in mudah.my
  3. When you are shopping outside in the mall, at least you know what’s the price range for the model that you are looking for.

Tools to develop cross-platform mobile application

Now I’m doing some research to start developing mobile applications.

There are several tools came out when I was doing the search.

  1. kodular.io (previously makeroid.io). free
  2. mit appinventor – almost similar to kodular and thunkable. free
  3. thunkable.com – tested and ok. complete video tutorial. free for public project. usd200/yr for private (promo at usd100/yr)
  4. flutter.io by google
  5. kikApp – develop with PHP
  6. phonegap – develop with HTML, CSS and Javascript. Pay to build?
  7. monaca – build online, use onsen ui
  8. Appcelerator – use Javascript. Free to join and develop. Pay only when go live. Minimum USD39/mo
  9. Xamarin – with free package with limited app size
  10. Corona SDK – with free package
  11. Meteor – open source, javascript
  12. AppsMoment – online GUI tool
  13. buildup.io – app prototyping

Drag and drop tools

  1. appinstitute.com

Website to APK conversion tools

  1. appstrand – free tool. no ad
  2. web2apk – free with donation. claim with no ads
  3. websitetoapk – start with free and no ad, premium with more features like push notification etc

Registration to place app on market

  1. Apple app store – USD99 (per year)
  2. Google play – USD25 (one-time)

Other related tools

  1. android app launch icon generator
  2. onsen.io – html5 hybrid template
  3. framework7 – html framework for html5
  4. one signal – for push notification
  5. firebase – can also use for push notification
  6. progressive web app – web apps but fast, responsive

Other tools (need to filter all the ads etc)

  1. freeweb2app.com – convert your website to app in 3 easy steps. – name your app, enter url, add icon – charge per conversion is USD9 (one time) for android app and usd249 for ios
  2. instappy.com
  3. buildfire.com
  4. appypie.com
  5. kinetise.com
  6. appsgeyser.com
  7. free app building with revenue sharing from ad
  8. onsen.io

html5 mobile app

  1. appmakr.com – free 30-day trial for all package
  2. mobiroller.com
  3. free native app with ad supported, 5 push notification
  4. mobincube.com – free native app with ad supported.