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GIFs

This reference article covers how to implement GIFs in your News Feed for your Android or FireOS application.

Braze requires an external image library to display animated GIFs with News Feed.

Custom image library integration

Braze offers the ability to use a custom image library to display animated GIFs with News Feed.

Although the example below uses Glide, any image library that supports GIFs is compatible.

Step 1: Creating the image loader delegate

The Image Loader delegate must implement the following methods:

The integration example below is taken from the Glide integration sample app included with the Braze Android SDK.

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public class GlideBrazeImageLoader implements IBrazeImageLoader {
  private static final String TAG = GlideBrazeImageLoader.class.getName();

  private RequestOptions mRequestOptions = new RequestOptions();

  @Override
  public void renderUrlIntoCardView(Context context, Card card, String imageUrl, ImageView imageView, BrazeViewBounds viewBounds) {
    renderUrlIntoView(context, imageUrl, imageView, viewBounds);
  }

  @Override
  public void renderUrlIntoInAppMessageView(Context context, IInAppMessage inAppMessage, String imageUrl, ImageView imageView, BrazeViewBounds viewBounds) {
    renderUrlIntoView(context, imageUrl, imageView, viewBounds);
  }

  @Override
  public Bitmap getPushBitmapFromUrl(Context context, Bundle extras, String imageUrl, BrazeViewBounds viewBounds) {
    return getBitmapFromUrl(context, imageUrl, viewBounds);
  }

  @Override
  public Bitmap getInAppMessageBitmapFromUrl(Context context, IInAppMessage inAppMessage, String imageUrl, BrazeViewBounds viewBounds) {
    return getBitmapFromUrl(context, imageUrl, viewBounds);
  }

  private void renderUrlIntoView(Context context, String imageUrl, ImageView imageView, BrazeViewBounds viewBounds) {
    Glide.with(context)
        .load(imageUrl)
        .apply(mRequestOptions)
        .into(imageView);
  }

  private Bitmap getBitmapFromUrl(Context context, String imageUrl, BrazeViewBounds viewBounds) {
    try {
      return Glide.with(context)
          .asBitmap()
          .apply(mRequestOptions)
          .load(imageUrl).submit().get();
    } catch (Exception e) {
      Log.e(TAG, "Failed to retrieve bitmap at url: " + imageUrl, e);
    }
    return null;
  }

  @Override
  public void setOffline(boolean isOffline) {
    // If the loader is offline, then we should only be retrieving from the cache
    mRequestOptions = mRequestOptions.onlyRetrieveFromCache(isOffline);
  }
}
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class GlideBrazeImageLoader : IBrazeImageLoader {
  companion object {
    private val TAG = GlideBrazeImageLoader::class.qualifiedName
  }

  private var mRequestOptions = RequestOptions()

  override fun renderUrlIntoCardView(context: Context, card: Card, imageUrl: String, imageView: ImageView, viewBounds: BrazeViewBounds) {
    renderUrlIntoView(context, imageUrl, imageView, viewBounds)
  }

  override fun renderUrlIntoInAppMessageView(context: Context, inAppMessage: IInAppMessage, imageUrl: String, imageView: ImageView, viewBounds: BrazeViewBounds) {
    renderUrlIntoView(context, imageUrl, imageView, viewBounds)
  }

  override fun getPushBitmapFromUrl(context: Context, extras: Bundle, imageUrl: String, viewBounds: BrazeViewBounds): Bitmap? {
    return getBitmapFromUrl(context, imageUrl, viewBounds)
  }

  override fun getInAppMessageBitmapFromUrl(context: Context, inAppMessage: IInAppMessage, imageUrl: String, viewBounds: BrazeViewBounds): Bitmap? {
    return getBitmapFromUrl(context, imageUrl, viewBounds)
  }

  private fun renderUrlIntoView(context: Context, imageUrl: String, imageView: ImageView, viewBounds: BrazeViewBounds) {
    Glide.with(context)
        .load(imageUrl)
        .apply(mRequestOptions)
        .into(imageView)
  }

  private fun getBitmapFromUrl(context: Context, imageUrl: String, viewBounds: BrazeViewBounds): Bitmap? {
    try {
      return Glide.with(context)
          .asBitmap()
          .apply(mRequestOptions)
          .load(imageUrl).submit().get()
    } catch (e: Exception) {
      Log.e(TAG, "Failed to retrieve bitmap at url: $imageUrl", e)
    }

    return null
  }

  override fun setOffline(isOffline: Boolean) {
    // If the loader is offline, then we should only be retrieving from the cache
    mRequestOptions = mRequestOptions.onlyRetrieveFromCache(isOffline)
  }
}

Step 2: Setting the image loader delegate

The Braze SDK will use any custom image loader set with setBrazeImageLoader. We recommend setting the custom image loader in a custom application subclass:

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public class GlideIntegrationApplication extends Application {
  @Override
  public void onCreate() {
    super.onCreate();
    Braze.getInstance(context).setBrazeImageLoader(new GlideBrazeImageLoader());
  }
}
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class GlideIntegrationApplication : Application() {
  override fun onCreate() {
    super.onCreate()
    Braze.getInstance(context).appboyImageLoader = GlideBrazeImageLoader()
  }
}
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