Communicating between an activity and the browser - callback

A few days ago bhushan made an article about communicating between activites. 

I'm currently working on a pet project that uses Oauth with the google data api, where

I had to get a response from the browser, so let's take a look at communicating between 
an activity and a browser.

All the tutorials that I found on the net use onResume to get the response, 
but I can't recommend that, because onResume runs even on the first run 
of the app (see lifecycle) which is unnecessary in this case.


To sum up the logic:
  • open the browser with a callback url provided
  • user enters credentials
  • the callback will take the result info back to the app that called the browser.
Opening the browser:
We need to use a service that uses browser callback, for example Google data api (Oauth) via Signpost.



  1. ...
  2. String url = provider.retrieveRequestToken(consumer, "putyourappnamehere:///");
  3. startActivity(new Intent(Intent.ACTION_VIEW, url));  
  4. ...
    1. protected void onNewIntent(Intent intent) {
    2.   super.onNewIntent(intent);
    3.   setIntent(intent);//must store the new intent so getIntent() won't return the old one
    4.   processResponse()
    5. }
    6. private void processResponse(){
    7.   Intent intent = getIntent();
    8.   Uri uri = this.getIntent().getData();  //get your data here
    9. }
    You also need an intent filter in the manifest, that will "catch" the response.


  1. ...
  2. <intent-filter>  
  3. <action android:name="android.intent.action.VIEW"></action>  
  4. <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT"></category>  
  5. <category android:name="android.intent.category.BROWSABLE"></category>  
  6. <data android:scheme="putyourappnamehere"></data>
  7. </intent-filter>
  8. ...
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