How our Android App deals with content

Hoccer does not save content itself but deeply integrates with other Android applications to do so. The Android platform has a rich set of tools to couple with content providers and activities which were developed by other people. So if you want to share an image, Hoccer asks the gallery installed on your phone to do the image selection. The gallery application can be either the default one installed by your carrier/hardware vendor or your favorite one from the Android Market. For Hoccer it’s all fine as long as the gallery can be started with the intend to select an image.

Same is true for receiving content. Hoccer just puts the data into the default content storage of your device and immediately displays it (a thing you can’t do on an iPhone). For images the storage place of choice is clearly the installed gallery. URL’s can simply be opened in the Browser and contacts are best to put in to your addressbook. The only place where we currently can store text messages is the SMS application. Unfortunately this implies some rather misleading warnings about “security permission”. We appologize for this, but there is no other content provider for text messages which is generally available.

Storing content where it belongs is a nice thing and greatly simplifies the flow of data exchange. But what if you do not like your caught stuff? How to delete this content? After Hoccer stored the received item, it starts the application which is defaulted to display it. Then you can use the delete feature from this application to get rid of it. If you miss the opportunity to delete it right away, you need to search for images in your gallery, for contacts in your address book and for texts in SMS. Hoccer provides a history of received and shared hoc’s to simplify this search process.