How To Get the User’s Current Location in Android? – GPS Example Help

Today I'm sharing you a working code on how to get the user's current location in Android. There are many popular apps using this feature such as Google Maps and Facebook. Remember when you checked in a place?

Knowing exactly where your users are located is really cool, but you always have to let them know you are doing it. Asking permission to get user's location is an ethical way.

One advantage of getting user's current location is customizing their experience, just like what Twitter does. If you let twitter know your location, it will show top trends or news near you, how cool is that?

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How To Get A Job In Tech

How To Get A Job In Tech? Well, I currently have a job in the IT industry but not in these big and amazing  companies such as Google, Apple and Facebook. Honestly, I've been dreaming of getting a job at Google. Haha! I choose Google because I love their products such as GMail, Google Docs, Android, Search Engine and many others even though there are some ads, for me it's just fine and natural. It enable me to enjoy great technologies free. :)

But anyway, I'm happy with my current job, developing Google Android applications and utilizing lots of their web development tools such as of Google Code, Analytics, and Webmaster tools.

I wondered how to get at job in these awesome companies. So I thank this info-graphic for giving me some idea. Haha! Let's see:


When Apple Called Google, an Icon Ambulance

I thought Google and Apple are in conflict all of the time. I thought they hate each other so much because of Google Android and Apple iOS competition. But I was wrong. It is amazing for me to see that they treat each other as a friend. Vic Gundotra, the man behind Google Plus and also a Google Android Evangelist and Steve Jobs, the former Apple CEO and now its Chairman, seemed close to each other.

I think this is the real logo. :))

Here's the actual story, When Apple Called Google:

Icon Ambulance

One Sunday morning, January 6th, 2008 I was attending religious services when my cell phone vibrated. As discreetly as possible, I checked the phone and noticed that my phone said "Caller ID unknown". I choose to ignore.

After services, as I was walking to my car with my family, I checked my cell phone messages. The message left was from Steve Jobs. "Vic, can you call me at home? I have something urgent to discuss" it said.

Before I even reached my car, I called Steve Jobs back. I was responsible for all mobile applications at Google, and in that role, had regular dealings with Steve. It was one of the perks of the job.

"Hey Steve - this is Vic", I said. "I'm sorry I didn't answer your call earlier. I was in religious services, and the caller ID said unknown, so I didn't pick up".

Steve laughed. He said, "Vic, unless the Caller ID said 'GOD', you should never pick up during services".

I laughed nervously. After all, while it was customary for Steve to call during the week upset about something, it was unusual for him to call me on Sunday and ask me to call his home. I wondered what was so important?

"So Vic, we have an urgent issue, one that I need addressed right away. I've already assigned someone from my team to help you, and I hope you can fix this tomorrow" said Steve.

"I've been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I'm not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn't have the right yellow gradient. It's just wrong and I'm going to have Greg fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?"

Of course this was okay with me. A few minutes later on that Sunday I received an email from Steve with the subject "Icon Ambulance". The email directed me to work with Greg Christie to fix the icon.

Since I was 11 years old and fell in love with an Apple II, I have dozens of stories to tell about Apple products. They have been a part of my life for decades. Even when I worked for 15 years for Bill Gates at Microsoft, I had a huge admiration for Steve and what Apple had produced.

But in the end, when I think about leadership, passion and attention to detail, I think back to the call I received from Steve Jobs on a Sunday morning in January. It was a lesson I'll never forget. CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday.

To one of the greatest leaders I've ever met, my prayers and hopes are with you Steve.


Vic Gundotra posted this story on his G+ profile.

What I'm thinking now is this: Now that Google Android is getting the 50% of Smartphones Market Share, are they still friends just like on 6th of January, 2008? I think its a YES. Vic posted about this today, not a long time ago.


A Happy Developer, Android + CakePHP + jQuery

Hi there! Well, I don't have much posts few weeks ago since I'm kinda busy working on a project. I got good news and not-so-bad news, haha! This past few weeks, I've been working on an Android application which makes me so happy (though at first, kinda stressed, since I'm a beginner on this). Yes, it has been my dream to be a Java programmer since college. I can't believe that now, one of my dreams is coming true (Since Android is Java based).

A Happy Developer, Android + CakePHP + jQuery
There's more :)

I can say that now, I'm comfortable with developing an Android application. It is total object oriented, powerful, has lots of possibilities, useful, extensible, and almost anything you can think of. It can be integrated with other technologies like Web App Development (which is also what I'm working on now). Most of all, it is continuously developed by increasing hundreds of thousands of other developers around the world (I'm happy and grateful to be one of them). Another great thing is that, there are over 400,000 Android devices were activated everyday.I'm gonna tell you something about my current project. The Android application is run in a tablet device (I have Samsung Galaxy Tab, Android Froyo for now. But I'm delighted by it.). The Android App I'm doing is some sort of a content management system that syncs data from an encrypted XML stream. Those data include images, slideshows, flash games, videos, audios, websites, survey forms, sales data, etc. The XML stream is of course generated dynamically by a Web based content management system which is developed with some web development technologies like HTML5CakePHP and jQuery. Sounds simple right? But like any other software project, it will be from simple to complex. We will discover more about the client's business logic. The user of this application is in the retail industry. The Android App will be installed in tablet devices in different parts of the country (where they have market places).Here's the not-so-bad news: The web based CMS is developed by other programmer. And so now, it is assigned to be developed by me. So I got a lot of work to do. I thought I will concentrate on Android development, but it seemed like web app development always haunt me haha! Anyway the good news there is that, I'll have a lot of knowledge to share with you guys and of course the open-sourcecommunity.As of now, I'm the only programmer of this project. Good thing is I'm with a Systems Analyst who helps a lot. But the team will expand sooner or later. :)Just a piece of advice, to those who want to learn language frameworks such as CakePHP (for PHP) and jQuery (for JavaScript), you have to learn first its basic or native language: PHP and JavaScript. This will give you great development advantage. :)And oh, I got a late special announcement (or at-least for me), as you've noticed, you accessed this blog in a top level domain: which is before It's my dream to own a ".com" website before, and now, it just came true last June 2, 2011. I registered at Go Daddy.I'm also so happy to see that there are increasing number of traffic on this site (based on this blog's google analytics account). It makes my goal to help and share knowledge to other people in different parts of the world.