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  1. 211 votes
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      2 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Make android build and deploy faster

      Developing for Android with Xamarin is dreadfully slow if you have a reasonably sized project. Currently one of my projects takes over a minute to build and deploy. This is not workable anymore because it takes me out of my flow.

      23 votes
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      • update Android designer and refactoring

        Add support for designer to watch changes as soon as we type them in editor like split view. Also add support for refactoring, and provide suggestions like Android Studio does for creating resources like string or colors resources right from layout file. Also support refactoring as soon we type a resource name then it should display matching values like visual studio intellisense works in code editor. Make it better to develop android apps like android studio provides functionality.

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        • Support for at least something

          We are Xamarin.Forms developers from Russia. In our country we have a lot of problems, but it is nothing in compromation with YOUR HATEMAKER PRODUCT. So, let's start with a documentation. Two string for a class is not a documentation, really. What about stability? There no stability in Xamarin.Forms. My team waste more than 3 ours every single day to fix conflicts and bugs. For example: unexpectedly died SkiaSharp and Mono or dropped code analizer or died Java compiler or a lot of bullshit happens with Xamarin.Forms. It makes me angry, aggresive and provokes me to hate everything. People shame…

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          • Sqlite Support For Xamarin Shared Project on Android N

            We already developed one Android App (Version <7)for one of our customer using Sqlite and Xamarin Shared Project. But with new changes in Android Architecture there might be issues if the customer upgrade their OS to Android 7. I saw some links over internet and want to have Xamarin concurrence on that or wani to know if any updated Sqlite.cs file is available from Xamarin end to use it on Xamarin Shared project.

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              0 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Instant run like in android studio

              The new android studio v2 has the option to to much faster iterations on an android app. after the app is deployed the developer can change the code and see the change in under 2 seconds. as opposed to about 12 for a full restart on xamarin.

              These 10 seconds add up and more importantly they break the development flow. meaning that overall development time is increased greatly by now having this option.

              157 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • New warning on compilation for X version of API that doesn't have the code on runtime and disable component on each version affected.

                Warn on compilation when X versión of API doesn't have the code to be executed on runtime for Android. Disable the component with a message to user, message can be like "Don't available on your Android version". All of this automated.

                Resume of work:

                1. On compilation warn all affected versions of API of each piece of code that will has the problema.
                2. Automate the component to be disabled for those API versions, and show message like "Don't available on your Android version"

                10 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Xamarin.Forms.Native

                  Once you are a Xamarin.Forms developer it is hard to go Xamarin.Native as you have to understand how the architecture works of each platform, what is the best practices, the names of the components and so on...

                  I was thinking that day and wondering how nice it could be if we can write android or/and ios apps natively using our knowledge of Xaml and MVVM and having access to all components that is offered by these platforms including all the properties.
                  So this is my idea , Xamarin.Forms.Native ... or a better name :tongue: .

                  More details can be found…

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                  • Show error message "image@test.png is not the correct format" if not a-z and 0-9

                    if android resource contains anything that is not a-z and 0-9 show error message that explains that there is an issue with the resources and not The file "obj\Debug\android\bin\packaged_resources" does not exist.

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                      0 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow for untrusted certificates on iOS/Android with upcoming HTTPClient changes

                      I am running the Beta channel which has the updates to HTTPClient to use the native HTTP stacks. Previously we were able to disable client certificate warnings / issues programmatically, and with the new changes to HTTPClient implementation, we will not be able to do so.

                      This is VERY important to our use case, as our application talks to our hardware devices which don't have up to date or self signed certificates. We need to have secure communication, but also able to ignore the certificate warnings.

                      Thanks!
                      Jeremy

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                        1 comment  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Two way databinding in Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.iOS

                        (This also applies to Xamarin.iOS)

                        Add two way databinding for Xam Android and iOS. I'm not suggesting using XAML or creating a full MVVM framework, but something that allows you to use the standard INotifyPropertyChanged approach of databinding against the properties of the native controls.

                        Endorsing and/or improving an existing MVVM solution might also be an option. Creating a Component of it, and otherwise allowing easily to take advantage in an app, for example by scripting initial setup of the integration between the MVVM framework and Xam iOS/Android.

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                        • SQL Client that implements SSL Encryption

                          Implement a version of SQL Client that implements SSL Encryption. Current version of Mono does not implement SSL encryption for connecting to databases. Either work from mono to implement SSL encryption of implement a different SQL client that implements SSL allowing for encrypted connections.

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                            3 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Please expose SupportFragmentManager in ViewRenderer

                            This has been a huge limitation for me. I cannot access SupportFragmentManager from a ViewRenderer. Before you suggest that i pass it as as a parameter from FragmentActivity, in my scenario, I cannot get it from FragmentActivity because I'm not using FragmentActivity.

                            I'm using Xamarin Forms but want to add a custom component for Android, which needs a ViewRenderer, inside it i need to use SupportFragmentManager in conjuction with ViewPager.

                            I ended up using:
                            Activity activity = this.Context as Activity;

                            But this only supports Android.App.FragmentManager and i need to use Android.Support.App.V4.FragmentManager.

                            FragmentActivity fragmentActivity = this.Context as FragmentActivity; returns null so…

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                              0 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Prompt to uninstall app when update is incompatible

                              When an Android app and fails to deploy due to INSTALL_FAILED_UPDATE_INCOMPATIBLE, it would be really useful if Xamarin prompted to uninstall the currently installed version (via "adb uninstall <package>").

                              This happens to me quite a bit, if switching between a version installed from Google Play to a development version.

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                              • Allow Subfolders in Android Drawable directory

                                I know the default android compiler doesn't support subfolders in drawables, but there are workarounds using Gradle and the Xamarin Build System should be able to replicate it.

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                                • Xamarin Android Player - Running more than one devices at the same time

                                  Hello,

                                  It seems that Xamarin Android Player cannot be running on more than one devices at the same time. It seems that it tries to connect to ADB when the device is started to be running.

                                  Please allow it to run on more than one devices at the same time.

                                  Thanks,

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                                  • Support debugging background processes in Android

                                    In Java, you can attach the debugger to background service processes. Similar functionality (or just having the debugger attached at the creation of said service) would be nice.

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                                    • (default)F12 key on a Resource.Layout.[layout name] should take me to a layout file instead of resource id

                                      I wish this was possible as it would make the work so much more productive. If there is anything like this already then please point me to it. I wonder who would ever want to change the integer ID or view it. In some rare cases maybe but taking me directly to the layout file would be a user productive feature.

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                                        2 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Android Asynchronous Networking and Image Loading (ion)

                                        Make a component from the Android library Android Asynchronous Networking and Image Loading (ion).

                                        Currently their is a component (UrlImageViewHelper) but their is a new version of this library, ion.

                                        Link to library: https://github.com/koush/ion

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                                          1 comment  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add shortcut to Android desktop on deploy

                                          When I deploy to a physical device, I find it often useful to restart an app multiple times.

                                          I'd like the default deploy behavior to mimic the Google Play Store and create a shortcut on the desktop.

                                          I know it's not an earth-shattering suggestion, but manually doing this is just one of those time wasters that is done day after day; and it should be relatively easy to implement.

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