Implementing Pinned App Shortcuts in Android

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Previously, we talked about the first two types of App Shortcuts: static shortcuts and dynamic shortcuts. Now, we’re ready to talk about the last type of App Shortcut: Pinned App Shortcuts.

What is a Pinned App Shortcut?

A Pinned App Shortcut is an App Shortcut that is pinned to the launcher.

Take Google Chrome app below for example. By clicking Add to Home Screen menu while opening a website, we can create a new shortcut and place it in the launcher. When the shortcut is clicked, Chrome will open the website directly.

Adding Facebook website as a Pinned App Shortcut in Google Chrome Android application.

See how convenient it is? Depending on your app’s use case, this feature could help your user to navigate your app faster.

How to Implement Pinned App Shortcuts?

These are the steps needed to implement pinned app shortcuts in your app.

1. As always, we are going to use the Bobobox app as our use case app. In the previous article, we have made a dynamic shortcut for displaying user’s reservation detail. Let’s make the same shortcut, but as a pinned shortcut!
Take a look at the code snippet below to see how you can create the pinned shortcut.

Note that not all device supports pinned app shortcuts, so it’s important to check it first by calling isRequestPinShortcutSupported.

2. And finally, you can use the above utility object like this on your app:

3. And that’s it! Now, your app will be able to request for pinned shortcuts like shown in the image below. Notice the appearance of a dialog asking the user, whether they want to place the shortcut manually or automatically.

Pinned App Shortcut in action! With this feature, your user will be able to access the shortcut directly on the launcher. (Disclaimer: This is just a demonstration for this article and might not be representative of the real Bobobox app).

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