Android SDK

The Sunshine Conversations android SDK is a highly customizable chat embeddable that can be added to any Android app. It supports all the Sunshine Conversations API capabilities, push notifications and is fully localized.

Current version: v

Reference

Android SDK includes a client side API to initialize, customize and enable advanced use cases of the SDK. See the Android API reference to discover all the classes and methods available.

Capabilities

Native Android SDK supports a wide variety of capabilities as seen in the channel capabilities grid. Below is a detailed view of each capabilities.

Content Types

  • Text

    Full SupportAPI
  • Image

    Full SupportAPI
  • File

    Full SupportAPI
  • Emoji

    Full SupportAPI
  • GIF

    Partial SupportAPI
  • Location

    Full SupportAPI

Action Types

  • Link

    Full SupportAPI
  • Extension

    Full SupportAPI
  • Buy

    Full SupportAPI
  • Postback

    Full SupportAPI
  • Reply

    Full SupportAPI
  • Location Request

    Full SupportAPI

Structured Messages

  • Compound Message

    Full SupportAPI
  • Carousel

    Full SupportAPI

Indicators

  • Typing

    Full SupportAPI
  • Read

    Full SupportAPI
  • Conversation Start

    Full SupportAPI

Delivery Events

Delivery events allow you to track deliveries of Sunshine Conversations messages to the Android SDK by subscribing to the message:delivery:channel webhook.

Carousels are rendered natively with full functionality in the Android SDK. See our API documentation for instructions on how to send one.

Carousel android

Carousels support up to a maximum of 10 message items. Each message item must include a title and at least one supported action. Optionally, an image and description can be included as well. Images can be displayed in two different aspect ratios, “square” and “horizontal”. For more information, see our API documentation.

Carousel items with “horizontal” images (default):

Carousel Android horizontal

Carousel items with “square” images:

Carousel Android square

Supported actions

The Android SDK supports the following action types in a carousel message item:

  • Link
  • Postback
  • Buy
  • Webview

List message fallback

If the Android SDK receives a list type message, it will display a carousel instead.

Files

The Android SDK has full native support for sending and receiving files. See our API documentation for instructions on how to send one.

QuickStart to your first Sunshine Conversation on Android

The smooch-android GitHub repo (link in the header) includes a /demo subfolder with a basic implementation of a mobile messaging app that uses the smooch-android SDK to send messages from an Android Device to your Sunshine Conversations app.

Prerequisites

To complete the steps below, you must have Android Studio installed & updated, as well as an Android Device to run the sample mobile app (Physical device or Android Virtual Device (AVD)).

Steps

  1. Download or clone the GitHub repo to your local machine
  2. Launch Android Studio
  3. From the Menu, use File > Open to open the project’s /demo subfolder
  4. Use CTRL/CMD+Shift+F to search for the string Smooch.init(this

    1. Double-click on the line found to jump to that file/line
  5. Replace the integrationId value (default: "59a93c829200175800018222") with your Sunshine Conversations android-sdk integrationId (including the double-quotes)

    1. Use the API’s /sdks endpoint to pre-create (or list existing) SDK integrationIds
  6. From the Menu, select Build > Clean Project (if the project was built/run and code changes were made)
  7. Ensure your Android device is connected (or AVD has been created/configured)
  8. From the Menu, select Run > Run App
  9. Message your Sunshine Conversations app!

Adding Sunshine Conversations to your app

The Sunshine Conversations library is distributed in both AAR and JAR format. If you are using Android Studio, follow the instructions for installation of the AAR package.

Android Studio with Gradle

Bintray

The Sunshine Conversations library is hosted on Bintray and is available on JCenter.

Setup JCenter as a repository.

repositories {
    jcenter()
}

Add the dependencies right into your build.gradle file.

// See https://github.com/smooch/smooch-android to pin the latest version
implementation 'io.smooch:core:7.+'
implementation 'io.smooch:ui:7.+'

Sync the Gradle project, then add the necessary code to initialize Sunshine Conversations in your app.

Initialize Sunshine Conversations in your app

After following the steps above, your app is set up for working with the Sunshine Conversations SDK. Before your code can invoke its functionality, you’ll have to initialize the library using your Android integration ID. This ID uniquely identifies your integration and links it to the Sunshine Conversations backend that does the heavy lifting necessary to bridge the gap between you and your users.

You can find your Integration ID in the Sunshine Conversations dashboard when connecting an Android SDK integration as a Customer Channel to your Sunshine Conversations app or through the API.

Android Integration ID on Overview Page

Once you’ve located your integration ID, you can initialize in two different ways: from your Application class (suggested), or from an Activity class:

Initialize from your Application class

Add the following lines of code to your onCreate method on your Application class:

Smooch.init(this, new Settings("YOUR_INTEGRATION_ID"), new SmoochCallback<InitializationStatus>() {
    @Override
    public void run(@NonNull Response<InitializationStatus> response) {
        // Handle the response, no casting required...
        if (response.getData() == InitializationStatus.SUCCESS) {
            // Your code after init is complete
        } else {
            // Something went wrong during initialization
        }
    }
});

If you don’t have an Application class, you must create one to make sure Sunshine Conversations is always initialized properly. You can follow the instructions here.

Initialize from an Activity class

You can also initialize from an Activity. This is useful if you don’t know your integration ID at app launch or if you want to run many apps in the same Android app.

Add the following line of code to your onCreate method on your Application class:

Smooch.init(this);

If you don’t have an Application class, you must create one to make sure Sunshine Conversations is always initialized properly. You can follow the instructions here.

Add the following line of code where you want to initialize Sunshine Conversations in your Activity class:

Smooch.init(this, new Settings("YOUR_INTEGRATION_ID"), new SmoochCallback<InitializationStatus>() {
    @Override
    public void run(@NonNull Response<InitializationStatus> response) {
        if (response.getData() == InitializationStatus.SUCCESS) {
            // Your code after init is complete
        } else {
            // Something went wrong during initialization
        }
    }
});

For example, to initialize when a button is tapped, you can do the following:

package your.package;

import android.os.Bundle;
import android.support.v7.app.AppCompatActivity;
import android.view.View;
import android.widget.Button;

import io.smooch.core.InitializationStatus;
import io.smooch.core.Settings;
import io.smooch.core.Smooch;
import io.smooch.core.SmoochCallback;
import io.smooch.ui.ConversationActivity;

public class YourActivity extends AppCompatActivity implements View.OnClickListener {
    @Override
    protected void onCreate(final Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
        setContentView(R.layout.activity_main);

        Button showConversationActivityButton = findViewById(R.id.button_show_conversation_activity);
        showConversationActivityButton.setOnClickListener(this);
    }

    public void onClick(View v) {
        final int id = v.getId();

        if (id == R.id.button_show_conversation_activity) {
            Smooch.init(getApplication(), new Settings("YOUR_INTEGRATION_ID"), new SmoochCallback<InitializationStatus>() {
                @Override
                public void run(@NonNull Response<InitializationStatus> response) {
                    if (response.getData() == InitializationStatus.SUCCESS) {
                        ConversationActivity.show(getApplicationContext());
                    } else {
                        // Something went wrong during initialization
                    }
                }
            });

        }
    }
}

If you initialize Sunshine Conversations from an Activity, you’ll need to handle initialization when receiving a push notification. To do so, override the activity that is opened when tapping a notification and initialize Sunshine Conversations before opening ConversationActivity. For example:

package your.package;

import android.os.Bundle;
import android.support.v7.app.AppCompatActivity;

import io.smooch.core.InitializationStatus;
import io.smooch.core.Settings;
import io.smooch.core.Smooch;
import io.smooch.core.SmoochCallback;
import io.smooch.ui.ConversationActivity;

public class YourNotificationHandlerActivity extends AppCompatActivity {
    @Override
    protected void onCreate(final Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
        Smooch.init(getApplication(), new Settings("YOUR_INTEGRATION_ID"), new SmoochCallback<InitializationStatus>() {
            @Override
            public void run(@NonNull Response<InitializationStatus> response) {
                if (response.getData() == InitializationStatus.SUCCESS) {
                    ConversationActivity.show(getApplicationContext());
                } else {
                    // Something went wrong during initialization
                }
            }
        });
    }
}

Adding an Application class to your app

If you don’t have an Application class in your app, you can copy the following and save it to your application package.

package your.package;

import android.app.Application;

public class YourApplication extends Application {
    @Override
    public void onCreate() {
        super.onCreate();
        // Initialize Sunshine Conversations here
    }
}

You also need to declare your newly created Application class in the <application> tag in your AndroidManifest.

<application
    android:name="your.package.YourApplication">
    ...
</application>

Displaying the Sunshine Conversations User Interface

Once you’ve initialized Sunshine Conversations, you’re ready to try it out.

Find a suitable place in your app’s interface to invoke Sunshine Conversations and use the code below to display the Sunshine Conversations user interface. You can bring up Sunshine Conversations whenever you think that your user will need access to help or a communication channel to contact you.

ConversationActivity.show(this);

You should also take the time to configure the push notifications setup.

Location messages

Sunshine Conversations offers the option to render location messages with a Google Maps preview. To do so, you must provide your Google Maps API Key when initializing the SDK.

Settings settings = new Settings("YOUR_INTEGRATION_ID");
settings.setMapsApiKey("YOUR_MAPS_API_KEY");

Smooch.init(this, settings, new SmoochCallback<InitializationStatus>() {
    @Override
    public void run(@NonNull Response<InitializationStatus> response) {
        if (response.getData() == InitializationStatus.SUCCESS) {
            // Your code after init is complete
        } else {
            // Something went wrong during initialization
        }
    }
});

Location messages are rendered as text messages when a Maps API Key is not present.

Replacing the Sunshine Conversations FileProvider

In order to replace the Sunshine Conversations FileProvider with your own, please do the following:

  1. Add tools:replace="android:authorities" to the <provider> entry.

  2. Add the following path to your android.support.FILE_PROVIDER_PATHS resource file:

<external-path name="dcim" path="DCIM"/>
  1. When initializing Sunshine Conversations, call settings.setFileProviderAuthorities(authoritiesString); on the settings object.
Settings settings = new Settings(integrationId);
settings.setFileProviderAuthorities(authoritiesString);
Smooch.init(this, settings, myInitCallback);

Region configuration

The Android SDK is supported in the following regions:

NameRegion identifier
United StatesLeave unspecified
European Unioneu-1

To target the EU region for example, set the region identifier with Settings.setRegion():

Settings settings = new Settings("YOUR_INTEGRATION_ID");
settings.setRegion("eu-1");
Smooch.init(this, settings, new SmoochCallback<InitializationStatus>() {
    @Override
    public void run(@NonNull Response<InitializationStatus> response) {
        if (response.getData() == InitializationStatus.SUCCESS) {
            // Your code after init is complete
        } else {
            // Something went wrong during initialization
        }
    }
});

Login with userId and JWT

After Sunshine Conversations has initialized, your user can start sending messages right away. These messages will show up on the business side under a new Sunshine Conversations appUser. However, these appUsers will not yet be associated to any user record you might have in an existing user directory.

If your application has a login flow, or if a user needs to access the same conversation from multiple devices, this is where the login method comes into play. You can associate Sunshine Conversations users with your own user directory by assigning them a userId. You will then issue each user a jwt credential during the login flow. You can read more about this in the Authenticating users section.

Authentication delegate

The Android SDK offers an AuthenticationDelegate which will be called when an invalid authentication token has been sent to Sunshine Conversations. It allows you to provide a new token for all subsequent requests. The request that originally failed will be retried up to five times. To set the delegate, set it in the Settings object when initializing the SDK:

Settings settings = new Settings(“myIntegrationId”);
settings.setAuthenticationDelegate(authDelegate);
Smooch.init(application, settings, initCallback);

Where authDelegate is an instance that implements the AuthenticationDelegate interface. For example:

class MyAuthDelegate implements AuthenticationDelegate {

    /**
 	* Notifies the delegate of a failed request due to invalid credentials
 	*
 	* @param error	detail about the authentication error
 	* @param callback callback to invoke with a new token
 	*/
    void onInvalidAuth(AuthenticationError error, AuthenticationCallback completionHandler) {
        // retrieve new token
        completionHandler.updateToken(updatedToken);
    }
}

See Expiring JWTs on SDKs for more information.

Configuring push notifications

Push notifications are a great, unobtrusive way to let your users know that a reply to their message has arrived.

Step 1. Generate a FCM configuration file for your Android project

  1. Go to Google’s Firebase console.

  2. If you do not have a project already, create a new one.

  3. Once created, click on “Add Firebase to your Android app” and follow the instructions to generate your google-services.json file (for your package name, copy and paste the package used in your application’s AndroidManifest.xml file).

  4. Save the google-services.json file generated by the tool at the root of your Android application (<project>/<app-module>/google-services.json).

  5. Follow the Gradle instructions and modify your build.gradle files accordingly:

    1. Project-level build.gradle (<project>/build.gradle):
    buildscript {
        dependencies {
            // Add this line
            classpath 'com.google.gms:google-services:4.3.3'
        }
    }
    1. App-level build.gradle (<project>/<app-module>/build.gradle):
    // Add to the bottom of the file
    apply plugin: 'com.google.gms.google-services'
    1. Press Sync now in the bar that appears in the IDE.

Step 2. Configure push notifications in Sunshine Conversations

  1. Go to the Android integration page.

  2. Click on the Connect or Configure button.

  3. Enter your Server API Key and Sender ID (these can be retrieved by clicking on the cogwheel (Settings) next to Project Overview on the sidebar, then clicking on the CLOUD MESSAGING tab).

Step 3. Test it out!

  1. Kill and restart your app.

  2. Launch Sunshine Conversations.

  3. Send a message.

  4. Press the home button or navigate away from the conversation.

  5. Reply to the message from your choice of Sunshine Conversations integrated service.

You’ll receive a notification on the phone!

Localization

Every string you see in Sunshine Conversations can be customized and localized. provides a few languages out of the box, but adding new languages is easy to do. When localizing strings, Sunshine Conversations looks for values in the strings.xml in your app first then in the Sunshine Conversations ui bundle, enabling you to customize any strings and add support for other languages.

Adding more languages

To enable other languages beside the provided ones, first copy the english strings.xml file from the Sunshine Conversations ui bundle to the corresponding values folder for that language. Then, translate the values to match that language.

Customization

Strings customization

Sunshine Conversations lets you customize any strings it displays by overwriting its keys. In order to do so, simply add res/values-<your-language-code>/strings.xml file in your Android project and specify new values for the keys used in Sunshine Conversations. You can find all available keys by browsing to the ui-x.x.x/res/values/values.xml file in the External Libraries in Android Studio.

Dates shown in the conversation view are already localized to the user’s device.

For example, if you wanted to override strings for English, you would create a file res/values-en/strings.xml and include the following in that file:

<resources>
    <string name="Smooch_activityConversation">Messages</string>
    <string name="Smooch_startOfConversation">This is the start of your conversation with the team.</string>
    <string name="Smooch_welcome">Feel free to leave us a message about anything that\'s on your mind.</string>
    <string name="Smooch_messageHint">Type a message…</string>
</resources>

Styling the Conversation Interface

Using a colors.xml file in your res/values folder, you can change the colors used by :

<resources>
    <color name="Smooch_accent">#0072EE</color>
    <color name="Smooch_accentDark">#76008a</color>
    <color name="Smooch_accentDarker">#66008a</color>
    <color name="Smooch_accentLight">#be7cca</color>
    <color name="Smooch_accentFailure">#800072EE</color>

    <color name="Smooch_btnSendHollow">#7fc0c0c0</color>
    <color name="Smooch_btnSendHollowBorder">#c0c0c0</color>

    <color name="Smooch_btnActionButton">#eeeeee</color>
    <color name="Smooch_btnActionButtonPressed">#cccccc</color>
    <color name="Smooch_btnActionButtonRipple">#c0c0c0</color>

    <color name="Smooch_header">#a0a0a0</color>

    <color name="Smooch_inputTextBackground">#ffffff</color>
    <color name="Smooch_inputTextColor">#212121</color>
    <color name="Smooch_inputTextColorHint">#bdbdbd</color>

    <color name="Smooch_messageDate">@color/Smooch_header</color>

    <color name="Smooch_conversationBackground">#ffffff</color>
    <color name="Smooch_conversationListTextColor">#99000000</color>
    <color name="Smooch_conversationListTitleTextColor">#DE000000</color>
    <color name="Smooch_conversationListTitleTimestampTextColor">#99000000</color>

    <color name="Smooch_remoteMessageAuthor">@color/Smooch_header</color>
    <color name="Smooch_remoteMessageBackground">#f4f6f8</color>
    <color name="Smooch_remoteMessageBorder">#d9d9d9</color>
    <color name="Smooch_remoteMessageText">#212121</color>

    <color name="Smooch_userMessageBackground">@color/Smooch_accent</color>
    <color name="Smooch_userMessageBorder">@color/Smooch_accentDark</color>
    <color name="Smooch_userMessageUnsentBackground">@color/Smooch_userMessageFailedBackground</color>
    <color name="Smooch_userMessageUnsentBorder">@color/Smooch_userMessageFailedBorder</color>
    <color name="Smooch_userMessageFailedBackground">@color/Smooch_accentFailure</color>
    <color name="Smooch_userMessageFailedBorder">@color/Smooch_accentFailure</color>
    <color name="Smooch_userMessageText">#ffffff</color>
    <color name="Smooch_descriptionText">#FFC0C0C0</color>
    <color name="Smooch_unreadBadge">@color/Smooch_accent</color>
    <color name="Smooch_unreadBadgeText">#ffffff</color>
    <color name="Smooch_statusBarColor">#C6C6C6</color>
    <color name="Smooch_actionBarColor">#ffffff</color>
    <color name="Smooch_actionBarTextColor">#000000</color>
    <color name="Smooch_errorSnackbarBackgroundColor">#ff222222</color>

    <color name="Smooch_btnNewConversationBackground">@color/Smooch_accent</color>
    <color name="Smooch_btnNewConversationTextColor">#ffffff</color>
    <color name="Smooch_btnNewConversationIconColor">#ffffff</color>

    <color name="text_helper_color">#a8a8a8</color>
    <color name="text_failure_color">#ff2851</color>
</resources>

If you need to update the image of the Send button, simply add an image with the following name to your drawables:

smooch_btn_send_normal.png

You can find the original resources by browsing external libraries through Android Studio.

Styling the Conversation Interface for dark mode

Dark mode colors can now be customized by using a colors.xml file in your res/values-night folder:

<resources>
    <color name="Smooch_accent">#0072EE</color>
    <color name="Smooch_accentDark">#76008a</color>
    <color name="Smooch_accentDarker">#66008a</color>
    <color name="Smooch_accentLight">#be7cca</color>
    <color name="Smooch_accentFailure">#800072EE</color>

    <color name="Smooch_btnSendHollow">#7fc0c0c0</color>
    <color name="Smooch_btnSendHollowBorder">#c0c0c0</color>

    <color name="Smooch_btnActionButton">#eeeeee</color>
    <color name="Smooch_btnActionButtonPressed">#cccccc</color>
    <color name="Smooch_btnActionButtonRipple">#c0c0c0</color>

    <color name="Smooch_header">#a0a0a0</color>

    <color name="Smooch_inputTextBackground">#353535</color>
    <color name="Smooch_inputTextColor">#ffffff</color>
    <color name="Smooch_inputTextColorHint">#bdbdbd</color>

    <color name="Smooch_messageDate">@color/Smooch_header</color>

    <color name="Smooch_conversationBackground">#212121</color>
    <color name="Smooch_conversationListTextColor">#ffffff</color>
    <color name="Smooch_conversationListTitleTextColor">#ffffff</color>
    <color name="Smooch_conversationListTitleTimestampTextColor">#99ffffff</color>

    <color name="Smooch_remoteMessageAuthor">@color/Smooch_header</color>
    <color name="Smooch_remoteMessageBackground">#353535</color>
    <color name="Smooch_remoteMessageBorder">#d9d9d9</color>
    <color name="Smooch_remoteMessageText">#ffffff</color>

    <color name="Smooch_userMessageBackground">@color/Smooch_accent</color>
    <color name="Smooch_userMessageBorder">@color/Smooch_accentDark</color>
    <color name="Smooch_userMessageUnsentBackground">@color/Smooch_userMessageFailedBackground</color>
    <color name="Smooch_userMessageUnsentBorder">@color/Smooch_userMessageFailedBorder</color>
    <color name="Smooch_userMessageFailedBackground">@color/Smooch_accentFailure</color>
    <color name="Smooch_userMessageFailedBorder">@color/Smooch_accentFailure</color>
    <color name="Smooch_userMessageText">#ffffff</color>
    <color name="Smooch_descriptionText">#FFC0C0C0</color>
    <color name="Smooch_unreadBadge">@color/Smooch_accent</color>
    <color name="Smooch_unreadBadgeText">#ffffff</color>
    <color name="Smooch_statusBarColor">#000000</color>
    <color name="Smooch_actionBarColor">#212121</color>
    <color name="Smooch_actionBarTextColor">#ffffff</color>
    <color name="Smooch_errorSnackbarBackgroundColor">#353535</color>

    <color name="Smooch_btnNewConversationBackground">@color/Smooch_accent</color>
    <color name="Smooch_btnNewConversationTextColor">#ffffff</color>
    <color name="Smooch_btnNewConversationIconColor">#ffffff</color>

    <color name="text_helper_color">#a8a8a8</color>
    <color name="text_failure_color">#ff2851</color>
</resources>

Dark mode is supported by default and follows the rules of the host app. If the Host App disables dark mode then the SDK will disable dark mode. This can be controlled using the the NightMode API.

AppCompatDelegate.setDefaultNightMode(AppCompatDelegate.MODE_NIGHT_YES);

AppCompatDelegate.setDefaultNightMode(AppCompatDelegate.MODE_NIGHT_NO);

The Android SDK features a tappable menu icon that allows the user to send various message types. The types displayed in this menu can be customized, or the menu can be hidden altogether.

If you want to control this menu, simply override the following resource in settings.xml to the value of your choice:

<string-array name="Smooch_settings_showMenuOptions" type="array">
    <item>@string/Smooch_settings_takePhotoMenuKey</item>
    <item>@string/Smooch_settings_chooseMediaMenuKey</item>
    <item>@string/Smooch_settings_uploadFileMenuKey</item>
    <item>@string/Smooch_settings_shareLocationMenuKey</item>
</string-array>

Menu Options

To hide the menu completely, override the resource as follows:

<string-array name="Smooch_settings_showMenuOptions" type="array"/>

Menu Options

Notification Action Intent Override

The default behavior of tapping on a push or in-app notification is to open the Sunshine Conversations ConversationActivity intent. If you want to change this behavior, simply override the following resource in settings.xml to the value of your choice.

<resources>
  <string name="Smooch_settings_notificationIntent">io.smooch.ui.ConversationActivity</string>
  <string name="Smooch_settings_notificationTriggerKey">trigger</string>
  <string name="Smooch_settings_notificationTrigger">SmoochNotification</string>
</resources>

When launched, the intent will include an extra with the key trigger which can be accessed through intent.getStringExtra. You can override the key / value of this extra if you want. Use this extra to know when your intent has launched as a result of a Sunshine Conversations notification.

@Override
protected void onCreate(final Bundle savedInstanceState) {
    super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);

    String notifTriggerKey = getString(R.string.Smooch_settings_notificationTriggerKey);
    String notifTrigger = getIntent().getStringExtra(notifTriggerKey);

    if (notifTrigger != null && notifTrigger.equals(getString(R.string.Smooch_settings_notificationTrigger))) {
        // Intent was launched by a Sunshine Conversations notif tap
    }
}

Notification Channel Settings Override

Apps targeting Android Oreo (SDK 26) or higher will have push notifications delivered to a notification channel. If you wish to override the channel settings for Sunshine Conversations notifications, set the following resources in settings.xml to the values of your choice:

<resources>
  <string name="Smooch_settings_notificationChannelId">your_channel_id</string>
  <string name="Smooch_settings_notificationChannelName">Your Channel Name</string>
</resources>

Starting Text

Sunshine Conversations allows to you to prefill the text box in the conversation when opening it. To do so, simply supply a startingText string when calling ConversationActivity.show:

ConversationActivity.show(this, "Hi there! Can you help me please?");

Extending ConversationActivity

In some cases it may be desirable to use your own custom ConversationActivity in place of the one provided by Sunshine Conversations. One such case is if you want to modify or remove the action bar. This can be achieved if you extend the Sunshine Conversations ConversationActivity.

To do so, do the following:

  1. Create a new activity that extends ConversationActivity
  2. Add the theme to your activity in yourAndroidManifest.xmlfile (or create one which specifies<item name="android:windowActionBarOverlay">true</item>)

At this point, your Activity should look something like this:

package your.package;

import android.os.Bundle;

import io.smooch.ui.ConversationActivity;

public class CustomConversationActivity extends ConversationActivity {
    @Override
    protected void onCreate(final Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
        setTitle("Whatever You Want");
        getSupportActionBar().setDisplayHomeAsUpEnabled(false);
    }
}

And your manifest should look something like this:

<activity
    android:name="your.package.CustomConversationActivity"
    android:theme="@style/Theme.Smooch" />
  1. When showing Sunshine Conversations in your Android code, instead of calling ConversationActivity.show(this), call startActivity(new Intent(this, CustomConversationActivity.class));

  2. To ensure the correct activity is launched when a notififcation is tapped, override the setting Smooch_settings_notificationIntent to provide the full path of your new activity

ex: <string name="Smooch_settings_notificationIntent"><your.package.CustomConversationActivity</string>

Implementing your own User Interface

If you need more customization options than the ones supported natively by Sunshine Conversations, you can implement a complete custom UI by leveraging events and APIs exposed by the SDK, which will continue to facilitate the connection with the Sunshine Conversations platform.

Our sample custom UI project covers the first steps you need to follow to get started.

Permissions

The Sunshine Conversations library includes the following permissions by default:

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.VIBRATE"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION"/>
  • WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE is used to take photos and to store downloaded pictures locally to avoid needless re-downloading.
  • ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION is used in order to access the customer’s location when requested using location request buttons.

If you do not intend to request the user’s location at any point, it is safe to remove the ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION using the following override:

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION" tools:node="remove" />

All other permissions are necessary for Sunshine Conversations to function as intended.