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how do I get the ajax XMLHTTP request to work in the Android browser?

Posted on 2010-03-31
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Last Modified: 2013-12-07
I am trying to build a web application for the Android, but my XMLHTTP request does not work.  I currently have the web app working in Safari on the iPhone.  I have searched the internet extensively and found articles that say the Android browser does support the XMLhttp request and some that say it does Not work.  

Here is a good article: http://tetontech.wordpress.com/2009/02/27/android-webview-and-ajax/

What is the deal?  Is XMLHTTP supported or not?  Is there something special I have to do for the Android?   Can you give me an example of an XMLHTTP request working on the Android?

Thanks for the help!

This works in Mobile Safari, but not Android 2.0.1:

function getCurrentStatusBatch(){
      xhttp = new XMLHttpRequest();
      var batchReq = '<list is="obix:BatchIn">';
      //get current Thermostat Mode  (0=off, 1=Cool, 2=Heat, 3=Auto)   node=0
      batchReq += '<uri is="obix:Read" val="' + BaseURL + BasePoint + aptNum + '/Logic/SystemMode/out/" />';
      //get current Hold (0=no hold active, 1=hold active)    node=1
      batchReq += '<uri is="obix:Read" val="' + BaseURL + BasePoint + aptNum + '/Logic/Schedule/HoldType/out/" />';
      batchReq += '</list>';
      //xhttp.open("POST", "", false, "admin");
      xhttp.open("POST", "/obix/batch", false, "admin");
      if (xmlDoc.length == 0){
      alert("somethin in there")}
Question by:jfBLOOM22
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Hello jfBLOOM22,

Try the script in the code snippet, it work for me (I get a responseText) with Android 2.1 :

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
<script language="javascript">
	window.onload = function() {
		var xmlhttp = null;
		if(window.XMLHttpRequest) { xmlhttp=new XMLHttpRequest(); } else{ xmlhttp=new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP"); }

		if(xmlhttp == null) {
			alert("your browser don't support Ajax");
		else {
//			alert("your browser support Ajax");
			alert( "responseText : " + xmlhttp.responseText );

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leakim971 earned 2000 total points
ID: 29390466
WebKit support CSS, Javascript, DOM and...AJAX

simple.php :

	echo "banana split";
        // Yep, very simple...

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ID: 32999265
The issue ended up being with the webserver.  We are using something called NiagaraAX to host the website, and for some reason it is responding to the xmlhttp request without the header information.  for whatever reason the Safari browser does not seem to mind, but the Palm and Android browsers think the document is empty.

The solutions helped me troubleshoot and narrow down the issue.  Thanks for the help?

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