Image viewers on android phones not always the best experience?

by Maps.Huge.Info (Maps API Guru) » Fri, 16 Jul 2010 07:33:27 GMT

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 You can always use a webview. It's pretty easy to write your own
method or use the default. Images in webview seem to work quite well
and start fairly fast.

-John Coryat


Image viewers on android phones not always the best experience?

by Maps.Huge.Info (Maps API Guru) » Sat, 17 Jul 2010 04:08:57 GMT

 You can do whatever you want to with webview. It's a browser, well
sort of, and as such, a little css/html/JavaScript will do just about

-John Coryat


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Image viewers on android phones not always the best experience?

by nation-x » Sat, 17 Jul 2010 23:14:11 GMT

 I just use an ImageView and resize the image before I display it. Here
is my layout:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<ImageView xmlns:android="" ;

private Display display;

/* in onCreate */
display = ((WindowManager)

/* add the image to the ImageView */
String[] myImageWithPath = "/sdcard/DCIM/image.jpg";

ImageView image = (ImageView)findViewById(;

private int getScreenWidth() {
        int width = display.getWidth();
        return width;

private int getScreenHeight() {
        int height = display.getHeight();
        return height;

private Drawable getScaledDrawable(String imagePath) {
        Bitmap scaledBitmap = null;
        BitmapFactory.Options options=new BitmapFactory.Options();
        options.inSampleSize = 2;
        Bitmap origBitmap = BitmapFactory.decodeFile(imagePath, options);

        int oWidth = origBitmap.getWidth();
        int oHeight = origBitmap.getHeight();

        int screenwidth = getScreenWidth();
        int screenheight = getScreenHeight();

        /* Scale the image according to orientation */
        if ((oWidth > screenwidth) && (oHeight > screenheight)) {
                switch (display.getOrientation()) {
                case PORTRAIT:
                        int factor  = screenwidth / oWidth;
                        int new_height = factor * oHeight;
                        scaledBitmap = 
new_height, true);
                case LANDSCAPE:
                        factor  = screenheight / oHeight;
                        int new_width = factor * oWidth;
                        scaledBitmap = 
screenheight, true);
        else {
            /* Image doesn't need to be resized */
                return Drawable.createFromPath(imagePath);
        return new BitmapDrawable(getResources(), scaledBitmap);

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Image viewers on android phones not always the best experience?

by nation-x » Sun, 18 Jul 2010 20:53:12 GMT

 I see I have some typos in the example above. For example: String[]
myImageWithPath should be String myImageWithPath

Just thought you should know that this isn't a completely working
example. :) Editing may be necessary.



Image viewers on android phones not always the best experience?

by Joseph Earl » Wed, 21 Jul 2010 04:36:33 GMT

 I would recommend implementing a custom view class which extends
ImageView and overrides the onTouch event.
Take a look at Luke Hutch's MultiTouchController 
and samples.

This will be
a) Quicker to load
b) Use less memory
c) Give you multi-touch pinch-zoom


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