I am new to Android development. I am currently working on an Android app that fetches changing location coordinates from a SQL database, and plots on a Map view at regular intervals. But I think this code can be made more efficient, as I am unable to fetch locations after a certain time and can't figure out how to solve it.

I am attaching the code of which contains 2 classes. The first is MapsActivity.java that displays the locations on maps, and the second is BGTask.java. It is inside MapsActivity.java and extended from AsyncTask for fetching data from the database. There is a thread also for regular fetching of data from database and plotting on maps.

Here is my MapsActivity.java:

package com.maps.saury.mybus_demo;

import android.Manifest;
import android.content.pm.PackageManager;
import android.os.AsyncTask;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.os.Handler;
import android.os.Message;
import android.support.v4.app.ActivityCompat;
import android.support.v4.app.FragmentActivity;
import android.view.View;
import android.widget.Button;
import android.widget.Toast;

import com.google.android.gms.maps.CameraUpdateFactory;
import com.google.android.gms.maps.GoogleMap;
import com.google.android.gms.maps.OnMapReadyCallback;
import com.google.android.gms.maps.SupportMapFragment;
import com.google.android.gms.maps.model.BitmapDescriptorFactory;
import com.google.android.gms.maps.model.LatLng;
import com.google.android.gms.maps.model.Marker;
import com.google.android.gms.maps.model.MarkerOptions;

import java.io.BufferedReader;
import java.io.IOException;
import java.io.InputStream;
import java.io.InputStreamReader;
import java.net.HttpURLConnection;
import java.net.MalformedURLException;
import java.net.URL;

public class MapsActivity extends FragmentActivity implements OnMapReadyCallback {

    private GoogleMap mMap;
    String DATA_STRING;
    String lat,lng;
    Double d_lat,d_lng;
    public static Handler handler;
    public static Thread thread1;
    public static Boolean status=false;
    public static Button button;
    public static LatLng latlng,latlng_currentloc;
    public static byte count=0;
    public static  Marker now;

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

        // Obtain the SupportMapFragment and get notified when the map is ready to be used.
        SupportMapFragment mapFragment = (SupportMapFragment) getSupportFragmentManager()


    public void onMapReady(GoogleMap googleMap) {
        mMap = googleMap;
        if (ActivityCompat.checkSelfPermission(this, Manifest.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION) != PackageManager.PERMISSION_GRANTED && ActivityCompat.checkSelfPermission(this, Manifest.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION) != PackageManager.PERMISSION_GRANTED) {



    public void showLoc(View v){

     public void exitMap(View v){

    public void startAct(){
        thread1=new Thread(new Loopclass());
        handler=new Handler(){
            public void handleMessage(Message msg) {
                Toast.makeText(getApplicationContext(),"count= "+count,Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
                new BGTask().execute();

    class BGTask extends AsyncTask<Void, Void, String> {
        protected void onPreExecute() {}

        protected String doInBackground(Void... params) {
            String locurl = "http://krazydomain.in/test.php";
            try {
                URL url = new URL(locurl);
                HttpURLConnection http = (HttpURLConnection) url.openConnection();
                InputStream is = http.getInputStream();
                BufferedReader br = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(is));
                StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
                while ((DATA_STRING = br.readLine()) != null) {
                    sb.append(DATA_STRING + "\n");
                return sb.toString().trim();
            } catch (MalformedURLException e) {
            } catch (IOException e) {
            return null;

        protected void onPostExecute(String s) {
            int i=0;
            while(s.charAt(i)!=' '){i++;}
             d_lat= Double.parseDouble(lat);
             d_lng= Double.parseDouble(lng);
             latlng = new LatLng(d_lat,d_lng);

                    now=mMap.addMarker(new MarkerOptions().position(latlng).icon(BitmapDescriptorFactory.fromResource(R.drawable.bus)).title("My loc"));



    class Loopclass implements Runnable{

        public void run() {

                Message msg=Message.obtain();
                try {
                } catch (InterruptedException e) {

  • \$\begingroup\$ Hi. Welcome to Code Review. I'm unclear on something. "I am unable to fetch locations after a certain time and can't figure out how to solve it." This seems to imply that the code seems to work at the beginning and then stops. Which would mean the code does not work. Which would be off-topic. Could you clarify that? \$\endgroup\$
    – mdfst13
    Commented Jun 16, 2016 at 14:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ @mdfst13 Thank you. I am saying that the code is running fine i am getting locations plotted at regular time intervals. Buts its not happening everytime i open app. Sometimes the app is working and sometimes this is happening that plots are getting updated for a limited time when i start using the app but after certain time, its getting stuck i.e. plots are not getting updated. Please review the code i think it can be made more efficient as i am new to java and android. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 16, 2016 at 15:49

1 Answer 1


(not complete, but I'd start with these)

  1. Your variable convention is inscrutable. Why is mMap private? Why are the next three package-private? Why does DATA_STRING look like a constant but is neither static nor final? Why are some member level and the rest static level? Variables names like br, is, sb are not clear and should be reconsidered.

  2. Your static variables are A) created whenever the class is first referenced, and B) may outlive the Activity. I don't see any reason in the existing code for these to be static.

  3. You should probably coordinate your thread with your activity lifecycle. For example, check if the Activity is still running in your download while loop, and exit out if not. In your onPostExecute, see if you still have a UI to modify. You might want to cancel the AsyncTask during onPause or onStop.

  4. Your code style is inconsistent. The whitespace convention changes throughout and is hard to follow. You have some single-line blocks without braces, and some with braces. You have some blocks with a brace on each line and some with 2 braces and a statement on one line.

  5. You don't test for null in onPostExecute when examining the String returned from doInBackground - it's very likely that http connection could fail (server down, interrupted connection, etc), and you'll end up throwing an NPE if that happens, rather than managing it.

  6. while(true) { if(status==false)break; } is probably better as while(status)

  7. msg.arg1=8 is not clear. I also don't see it referenced anywhere.

  8. Add javadocs.

After OP's comment:

  1. Instead of sending a new network request every 2 seconds, I'd send it 2 seconds after the last one was complete. Put a method in onPostExecute to initiate a new request in 2000ms. You also don't need to run your time like that - Handler has methods like postDelayed and sendEmptyMessageDelayed that'll handle that for you.

  2. I'd probably use a networking library like Volley or OkHttp instead of doing it manually, but honestly what you have is probably fine (although you should probably do more to anticipate and handle failure)

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thats regarding the code thank you for that. Any reviews about increasing the performance of code? How can i make improvements in the app's performance? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 16, 2016 at 15:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ what you have is probably fine. you're not going to get much faster download by just optimizing code - there's really not much going on to to optimize. that said, i've edited my answer with 2 more points \$\endgroup\$
    – mdd-sbo
    Commented Jun 16, 2016 at 18:12

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