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Messaging, icon and ring-tone

Posted on 2013-06-30
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2013-09-22

I want to be able to send text msgs to my phone and have the msg content determine the msg ring-tone and icon.  We send a lot of msgs to our phones at work as automated alerts, but the other day I received a msg from a weather service and the color of the text was set to deep blue, the msg had its own unique icon.

How do I reproduce this message ?

Question by:sidwelle
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Expert Comment

ID: 39289947
Are you using the default application for SMS messages? If yes then I think you cannot do it. You have to use something like GO SMS Pro or Chomp in order to do it.

Author Comment

ID: 39291767
I will be happy to look those apps up, but I was looking for some documentation on how the msg was formatted so that I could re-produce it with a script.

Any documentation ?
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Expert Comment

ID: 39292405
Unfortunately GO SMS Pro or Chomp are not open source, but the text of the message itself can be in a view (such as text view or web view) so the only thing you have to do is to format the fonts. Here is a tutorial of how to write a very simple sms client for android. You can see that it's using an EditText component, so you can change the text colour by simply calling the .setTextColor() method on it.

There is also another open source sms application (SMSDroid) for android that you can take some ideas.
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Author Comment

ID: 39303159
I emailed the author and ask if he had any infor on the format, but from reading some, more,  I am starting to think that what I am looking for is a MMS (Multimedia Msg Srvc) msg.

I will post back when I get some more detail.

Author Comment

ID: 39439289
I have attached an image of what I want to reproduce.  How do I specify a particular image and ringtone for a particular message ?  I know I could build a profile for a particular number, but I want to be able to control it from the sending app.

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Accepted Solution

girionis earned 2000 total points
ID: 39456362
You need to define your own list view with your own list items. Have a look here for a tutorial.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 39513145
I will follow the tutorial.


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