Changing application description shown in option list when multiple apps can do same job

by Kacee » Fri, 13 May 2011 19:38:27 GMT

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 Hello there,

I have a viewer app. There are other apps installed on my device as
well doing same job. So when i open a document, android as usual shows
a list of apps that can do that job (which is file open here).

In my app, along with App name, just beneath it, package name gets
displayed. I want to set App description instead of package name. I
tried with
 <application android:description="@string/app_description">

its not working. Where to set this custom string ?


Re: Changing application description shown in option list when multiple apps can do same job

by Justin Anderson » Fri, 13 May 2011 23:29:43 GMT

 AFAIK you can't...

Justin Anderson
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Re: Changing application description shown in option list when multiple apps can do same job

by Dianne Hackborn » Sat, 14 May 2011 00:31:44 GMT

 Yes you can't, this is a security feature to help the user if apps are
trying to spoof other apps.  You should give the activity that is handling
this Intent a more descriptive label so the user better knows what it does.

Dianne Hackborn
Android framework engineer

Note: please don't send private questions to me, as I don't have time to
provide private support, and so won't reply to such e-mails.  All such
questions should be posted on public forums, where I and others can see and
answer them.


Re: Changing application description shown in option list when multiple apps can do same job

by Kacee » Fri, 20 May 2011 15:20:56 GMT

But I have seen applications that do not appear with their package
name in the list created by intent (dont know what to call this dialog
box )
That means there is a way to atleast hide package name. Package name
looks bit ugly, I only want to show a meaningful string (eg. app
name ) that makes sense even to a layman.

Is there a way just to show app name or a single string text ?


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