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Customizing the iOS and Android Sencha Touch Load Screen and Getting Rid of Blinking on Application Launch

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Building and Signing iOS apps built by Sencha and/or Cordova at the command-line
July 12, 2014
Project Bolletta: Native Android and iOS, Rambler Reader and Blue Bamboo Plugins, Signature Pad, and Continuous Integration
July 30, 2014

Note that on iOS the order is

  • load screen (Sencha icon on the white background)
  • blue blinking dots
  • app’s first screen

On Android the order is

  • blue blinking dots
  • app’s first screen

This is what I do, which makes the load screen last until after the app is launched. This hides the blue blinking dots with the load screen image.

Step 1: Download the Cordova splashscreen plugin and put it in your project

  • The name of the plugin is org.apache.cordova.splashscreen
  • The current download location is

Step 2: You must set the AutoHideSplashScreen property in config.xml for iOS to false

Example config.xml content

 <preference name="KeyboardDisplayRequiresUserAction" value="true" />
 <preference name="SuppressesIncrementalRendering" value="false" />
 <preference name="UIWebViewBounce" value="true" />
 <preference name="TopActivityIndicator" value="gray" />
 <preference name="EnableLocation" value="false" />
 <preference name="EnableViewportScale" value="false" />
 <preference name="AutoHideSplashScreen" value="false" />
 <preference name="ShowSplashScreenSpinner" value="true" />
 <preference name="MediaPlaybackRequiresUserAction" value="false" />
 <preference name="AllowInlineMediaPlayback" value="false" />
 <preference name="OpenAllWhitelistURLsInWebView" value="false" />
 <preference name="BackupWebStorage" value="cloud" />
 <preference name="fullscreen" value="true" />
 <preference name="webviewbounce" value="true" />

Step 3: Add JavaScript code in WebContent/index.html that listens for when the device is ready, waits a second arbitrarily, and then turns off the splash screen manually

<script id="microloader" type="text/javascript" src=".sencha/app/microloader/development.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8">
 document.addEventListener('deviceready', function() {
 setTimeout(function() {
 }, 1000);

To change the image used in for the load screen look for the locations listed in app.js:

 startupImage: {
 '320x460': 'resources/startup/320x460.jpg',
 '640x920': 'resources/startup/640x920.png',
 '768x1004': 'resources/startup/768x1004.png',
 '748x1024': 'resources/startup/748x1024.png',
 '1536x2008': 'resources/startup/1536x2008.png',
 '1496x2048': 'resources/startup/1496x2048.png'

I live and work in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as a Principal Consultant for AppFoundation. I have been working with Java since 2000, Flex since it was in beta release, iOS development since 2008, and Sencha and Ext JS 4 since 2012. I have a Bachelor of Music with a double major in Music Performance and Music Composition, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Science from Texas Christian University. I also have a Master of Science in Software Engineering from Southern Methodist University. I specialize in enterprise development, architecture, design, and continuous integration practices.

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