Tag Archives: adfonic

Android 1.6: still no animated GIF support

I was just playing around with my newly updated G1 and realised that animated GIFs still do not animate on it. This has been an Android bug since day 1 in both the browser and ImageView. If you visit a web page containing an animated GIF all you will see is the first frame and nothing else. This annoyed me a bit when it was in 1.5 (cupcake) but the fact that its still in 1.6 (donut) is amazing. Android users may have noticed that ads in apps downloaded from the market are just static images and/or text. The Adfonic ads in my Reader Widget Small app are text only because of this bug. I can’t believe that Google, a company built by ad money, has let this one slide for so long. Animated GIF ads can be annoying but to leave developers without the option to use them is very restrictive. Rant over.

Reader Widget Small V1.5 out

I have uploaded a new version of the free widget to the Market and the usual place. Here’s the changelog:

  • Manual login option for users with Google Reader accounts separate from their Android account. Automatic login is still there for everyone else (and selected by default).
  • Text ads from Adfonic in the configuration screens
  • Handling of no network connectivity improved
  • Tidy up on widget deletion improved
  • JSON version of Google Reader API used for lower data usage