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Status Bar displaying above the UX, instead of being overwritten by the UX

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    Status Bar displaying above the UX, instead of being overwritten by the UX

    I have been working on a UX/phonegap app. My control bar previously laid right on top of the status bar. I actually liked this look. I allowed for it in the control bar by just creating a spacer, so that my logo and menu options where down just below the status bar information. It looked good though, the status bar was exactly the same color as my control bar, so it all just blended together.

    I don't know if it was a change in the Alpha software, but on a recent publish, this changed. Now, my status bar is displaying above the control bar, and it is an ugly light gray color, where it used to be the same color as my control bar.

    Any ideas how to change this? I have been reading posts about using the phonegap status bar plugin, and using that to tweak the settings. I have been failing terribly at it, and just can't get the status bar to behave the way I want.

    I also tried this in the client side onPhoneGapReady of the UX:


    But just can't seem to get it back to the way I originally had it. Any thoughts? Thanks.

    Re: Status Bar displaying above the UX, instead of being overwritten by the UX

    Nobody has any thoughts on this one? Maybe I should try a pre-release? Is it a bug? Or just user error?


      Re: Status Bar displaying above the UX, instead of being overwritten by the UX

      Did you find a solution for this? I've checked all the boxes
      that should be checked and am getting this issue on both
      Android and iOS.



        Re: Status Bar displaying above the UX, instead of being overwritten by the UX

        If I recall, the final solution for me was to add a line to my xml config file that just applied a color to the status bar to match. For me, it was this:

        <preference name="StatusBarBackgroundColor" value="#444444" />

        But I also recall that it was kind of buggy, and I couldn't just simply make changes to the xml. I had to blow up the whole phonegap project and start from scratch, otherwise, it would not take my changes.


          Re: Status Bar displaying above the UX, instead of being overwritten by the UX

          Thanks for the update.


          I'll have to put a small visual buffer at the top of the screen until I can find a proper solution.



            Re: Status Bar displaying above the UX, instead of being overwritten by the UX

            I have been looking into these problems after analyzing profile recordings in the Performance panel of Chrome DevTools. I see many, many forced reflows that were making the application lag every time I navigate between panelcards or even put focus on a textbox causing the soft keyboard to pop-up. I finally figured out that these forced reflows do not occur at all on some devices and less on others. However, we are looking into deploying a new tablet for our roaming salesteam and this tablet seems to be the worse.
            This Android device (a Lenovo Moto tablet) has those "soft" bottom buttons (Home button, etc.).

            I realized that this bottom bar is basically another type of status bar and affects the viewport size. As does the soft keyboard on (most?) Android devices and some iOS devices. For instance, I found this from some Apple documentation: "On iOS 10, WKWebView objects match Safari’s native behavior by updating their window.innerHeight property when the keyboard is shown, and do not call resize events."

            I tried building the PhoneGap app with: App Options: Full Screen checked. That was better at first glance but then one panelcard into the app and the bottom bar popped up again. So I looked in the Status Bar plugin again and tried different combinations of configurations and methods with a without the Full Screen option on. I believe I finally found an acceptable combination (for this particular device at least and the current Android version) to get the application from constantly recalculating the size of everything and causing all those reflows. The application is smoother; especially when showing and hiding the soft keyboard.

            I'll need to make adjustments to add fixed, wasted blank space in my headers and footers because at some point or another, the Android top and bottom bars are going to show up and cover those parts of the application. Or I may look for a way to show the top and bottom bars all the time but calculate and force the application into a fixed size that is smaller than the actual screen. However, from my research, I think that might force me to fix the width smaller than I should have to also. At this point, I don't really know what I'll do and I see no easy, global fix.


              Re: Status Bar displaying above the UX, instead of being overwritten by the UX

              The answer is to dump Alpha and code native. And that's what's happening with my app shortly.


                Re: Status Bar displaying above the UX, instead of being overwritten by the UX

                Pretty sure that any hybrid dev environment will not perfectly, and at all times and for all versions of devices and OS's, deal with these sorts of issues.
                Native for business or heavy data driven applications? I don't believe anybody seriously thinks it is a good idea unless you have a large team of developers.
                I just have to hope that Alpha Software understands these problems (I think they do) and reacts quickly enough so that we don't have to, or at least not too often, find the solutions ourselves.