Showing Splash Screen in Full Screen Mode using CountDownTimer in Android

September 4, 2012

In this article, we will create an Android application containing a splash screen. This splash screen will be run in full screen mode. It is resistant to screen rotation while splash screen is up. This splash screen is implemented using a simple Android API called CountDownTimer.

This application is developed in Eclipse ( 4.2.0) with ADT plugin ( 20.0.3) and Android SDK ( R20.0.3)

1. Create a new Android application project namely “SplashScreenDemo”

Create new Android Application Project namely "SplashScreenDemo"

Figure 1 : Create new Android Application Project namely "SplashScreenDemo"

2. Design application launcher icon

Design application launcher icon

Figure 2 : Design application launcher icon

3. Create a blank activity to define MainActivity class

Create a blank activity in this project

Figure 3 : Create a blank activity in this project

4. Enter MainActivity details

Enter MainActivity details

Figure 4 : Enter MainActivity details

5. Delete Android’s support library from the project, if exists

By default Eclipse ( 4.2.0) adds Android Support Library to¬† Android application project. For this application, we don’t need to use this support library. So the library file libs/android-support-v4.jar may be removed manually via ProjectExplorer by simply right click on the file and then clicking the menu item “delete”.

6. Update the file res/values/strings.xml

    <string name="app_name">SplashScreenDemo</string>
    <string name="hello_world">Hello world!</string>
    <string name="menu_settings">Settings</string>
    <string name="title_activity_main">MainActivity</string>
    <string name="title_activity_demo">Splash Screen Demo</string>
    <string name="splash_message">Welcome to Splash Screen Demo</string>
    <string name="demo_message">This is Demo Activity</string>

7. Update the layout in the file res/layout/activity_main.xml

<LinearLayout xmlns:android=""
    android:orientation="vertical" >

        android:contentDescription="Logo" />

        tools:context=".MainActivity" />

        android:padding="20dp" />


8. Create a new layout for the class DemoActivity in the file res/layout/activity_demo.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<RelativeLayout xmlns:android=""
    android:layout_height="match_parent" >

        android:text="@string/demo_message" />


9. Create an activity class namely DemoActivity in the file src/in/wptrafficanalyzer/splashscreendemo/

package in.wptrafficanalyzer.splashscreendemo;
import android.os.Bundle;

public class DemoActivity extends Activity{
    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

10. Update the class MainActivity in the file src/in/wptrafficanalyzer/splashscreendemo/

package in.wptrafficanalyzer.splashscreendemo;

import android.content.Intent;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.os.CountDownTimer;
import android.view.Menu;
import android.view.Window;
import android.view.WindowManager;

public class MainActivity extends Activity {

    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

        /** Hiding Title bar of this activity screen */

        /** Making this activity, full screen */

        /** Sets a layout for this activity */

        /** Creates a count down timer, which will be expired after 5000 milliseconds */
        new CountDownTimer(5000,1000) {

            /** This method will be invoked on finishing or expiring the timer */
            public void onFinish() {
                /** Creates an intent to start new activity */
                Intent intent = new Intent(getBaseContext(), DemoActivity.class);

                /** Creates a new activity, on finishing this timer */

                /** Close this activity screen */

            /** This method will be invoked in every 1000 milli seconds until
            * this timer is expired.Because we specified 1000 as tick time
            * while creating this CountDownTimer
            public void onTick(long millisUntilFinished) {


    public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) {
        getMenuInflater().inflate(, menu);
        return true;

11. Update the file AndroidManifest.xml

<manifest xmlns:android=""
    android:versionName="1.0" >

        android:targetSdkVersion="15" />

        android:theme="@style/AppTheme" >
            android:screenOrientation="nosensor" >
                <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
                <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />

            android:label="@string/title_activity_demo" >
                <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" />

12. Screenshot of the application

Screenshot of the SplashScreen in Action

Figure 5 : Screenshot of the SplashScreen in Action

13. Download

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8 Responses to Showing Splash Screen in Full Screen Mode using CountDownTimer in Android

  1. Android on September 10, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Nice tutorial but there’s a problem with the TextView.the id is also passed into the ImageView using the android:layout_above and android:layout_below and my eclipse is complaining saying that there are no resources for the do i solve that problem

  2. Android on September 10, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    secondly,when i run the app,there are errors pointing in that direction.i deleted the id for the textview with the android:layout_above and below for the imageview but wen i ran it,the screen was black n

    • george on September 11, 2012 at 9:10 am

      Thank you for reporting the issue.
      The issue may be easily fixed by changing the layout(activity_main.xml) from RelativeLayout to LinearLayout.

  3. Android on September 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    i guss the problem i had was with my Eclipse.i downloaded a new one and tried it again word for word as u wrote n i had no errors but on run,the app forcefully the Mainfest.xml file,thr was an error saying u can’t also write an intent for the DemoActivity class because it requires no i removed it n ran it again.same time pls where did i go wrong.this is my manifest file

  4. Android on September 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    my manifest.xml file is written below

  5. Android on September 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    it works!!!!!!!!.

    but y doesn’t it work on android 3.0? i tried testing it on it just to see how it looks like because android 3.0 has a tablet i tried it on android 4.0 n it worked perfectly.thanks man n forgive my questions am just new to this

    • george on September 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      That is nice.
      Make it up in 3.0 also !!!

  6. sarath on May 28, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    i need to wait until the latitude>0.0 and longitude>0.0 how can i apply this code in it?

    thank you

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