Customizing an Adobe Cordova app – Part 4

Now that we have the basics of a working app, the next step is to produce a release version that we can install on an actual smartphone. We are going to do this using the project build facilities offered by Android Studio.
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Customizing an Adobe Cordova app – Part 3

In the last few posts, we have been building a simple app to launch the web site of the Ottawa PC Users’ Group (OPCUG) on an Android smartphone. One item that remains to be resolved is the display of OPCUG’s logo on the main screen of the app rather than the default logo for Apache Cordova.
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Customizing an Adobe Cordova app – Part 2

Following on from the last post where we edited the file index.html from the www folder of our Cordova SiteFinder project, our next step is just to tweak the text shown on the display. We have already disabled the blink feature. Now, we want to change the font sizes, capitalization, and layout.
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Customizing an Adobe Cordova app – Part 1

When we installed Cordova (See: Installing Adobe Cordova and Android Studio), one of the instructions was to run the command “cordova create SiteFinder ca.opcug.sitefinder SiteFinder”. This created the file structure for our SiteFinder app. We used the reverse-domain format of ca.opcug.sitefinder since the purpose of our app is going to be simply to launch the web site for the Ottawa PC Users’ Group (opcug.ca).
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Installing Adobe Cordova and Android Studio

I tried out Android Studio some time ago (see: Android Programming) but, since I don’t really know anything about Java, and even less about the architecture of Android apps, I found the program development process to be rather complex. Recently, I came across information relating to Adobe’s PhoneGap which offers the ability to develop Android apps using HTML. This morphed into an interest in Adobe Cordova, a fully open-source variant of PhoneGap that is maintained by Apache. Since I do know a little about HTML coding, and am a huge fan of open-source software, Cordova seems like it might be a good fit for a project I have in mind to develop a small Android app for use with the Internet.
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Setting the window size and location for Opera

For a number of years my web browser of choice has been Firefox; however, the release of Version 57 (Quantum) broke all the “legacy” add-ons that I was using. (See: “Farewell past, happy dreams of days gone by”) My solution to this dilemma was to switch to a different browser and I found that Opera had all the features and plug-ins that I required. However, one thing that didn’t work “out of the box” in Opera was its inability to remember the size and location of its window.
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Manually Updating LineageOS on a Moto G3 Smartphone

Previously, I had updated the Lineage OS 14.1 custom ROM installed on my Moto G3 smartphone using the over-the-air (OTA) facility included in Settings – About phone – LineageOS updates (see Updating LineageOS). This still requires installing Gapps and re-rooting the phone, so I decided to document the completely manual process for updating the OS.
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