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White House for Android mobile application

A native Android (Java) app designed to fetch, cache, and display multiple feeds containing articles, photos, and live and on demand video. These are displayed in a web view. Includes support for push notifications.

This application is under active development and will continue to be modified and improved over time.

Goals

By releasing the source code for this app we hope to empower other governments and organizations to build and release mobile apps to engage their own citizens and constituencies. In addition, public review and contribution to the application's code base will help strengthen and improve the app.

Requirements

  1. Android 2.2 "Froyo" or higher
  2. RSS feeds for content to be aggregated and displayed by the app

Recommended

  1. Android 3.1 "Honeycomb" or higher is required for live video streaming.

Usage

Mobile developers will be able to configure the application to retrieve and display content from arbitrary RSS feeds. The developer will be able to configure the app to receive push notifications. Placeholder assets may be replaced to customize the app's look and feel.

Search functionality on WhiteHouse.gov and in the White House for Android mobile app relies on USASearch, a hosted site search service provided by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial government websites may use this service at no cost. For details on incorporating USASearch into .Gov sites, or for examples of the API and how it functions, see USASearch: About and USASearch: How (and When) to Use the Search API.

Building the App

The Android SDK for API level 16 is require to build the app.

The White House app uses the following libraries, which are all included as submodules in contrib/:

To initialize the submodules, run:

git submodule update --init

The following libraries are included as source:

Code Style

Contributers are expected to adhere to the official Android Code Style Guidelines.

NOTE: Setting up the application and configuring it for use in your organization's context requires Android development experience. The application ships with a similar design to what is used in the White House for Android mobile application. The application ships with "white label" placeholder assets that should be replaced by the developer.

Roadmap

Have an idea or question about future features for White House for Android? Let us know by opening a ticket on GitHub, tweeting @WHWeb, or via our tech feedback form: http://www.whitehouse.gov/tech/feedback.

Contributing

Anyone is encouraged to contribute to the project by forking and submitting a pull request. (If you are new to GitHub, you might start with a basic tutorial.)

By contributing to this project, you grant a world-wide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, transferable license, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the conditions that any appropriate copyright notices and this permission notice are included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

All comments, messages, pull requests, and other submissions received through official White House pages including this GitHub page are subject to the Presidential Records Act and may be archived. Learn more http://WhiteHouse.gov/privacy

License

This project constitutes a work of the United States Government and is not subject to domestic copyright protection under 17 USC § 105.

However, because the project utilizes code licensed from contributors and other third parties, it therefore is licensed under the MIT License. http://opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.php. Under that license, permission is granted free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the conditions that any appropriate copyright notices and this permission notice are included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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