How to make a Service run ONLY when no other app is running?

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How to make a Service run ONLY when no other app is running?

Postby lgmcben » Mon Nov 17, 2008 8:15 am

I've successfully created a service that change the wallpaper every 2 seconds.

My next goals:

I want this service to...

- auto-stop itself when user launch other app.
- auto-start itself when the wallpaper is visible. (eg. when users close all other apps)

The only clue I have is, when user press the device's "home" button, Android will launch an activity of category "Android.intent.category.HOME".

Which can help me a bit but obviously not enough (as pressing back button also make wallpaper visible, but no event fired)

Any recommendations are welcome.

Thank you in advance. :)
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Postby MrSnowflake » Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:57 am

I don't know if there is an accessible Activity stack, but try to look for it and when the Home app is on top do your stuff in the service, otherwise sleep(1000) and check again (a wait of 1 sec should slow down the phone :)) .
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