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Restrictions in developing customised Active Idle plug-ins (Known Issue)

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The Active Idle framework uses an ECom plug-in-based solution to manage functionality and content visible on the device idle screen. However, there are heavy restrictions on developing such plug-ins.

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Devices(s): All (S60)
Created: User:Technical writer 1 (08 Dec 2008)
Last edited: hamishwillee (01 Aug 2012)


While the Active Idle framework supports loading custom plug-ins, there are restrictions that prevent 3rd parties from creating them; the APIs required for Active Idle plug-in development are not publicly available. In addition, the (ECom) plug-in DLL must always reside in ROM in order to be loaded by the framework. Therefore, a custom firmware package needs to be always created with Active Idle configuration updated with the new plug-in.


No solution available for the above reasons (without creating a custom build of the device firmware).

Note that 3rd party applications do have the possibility of managing application shortcuts displayed in the Active Idle, with the ScShortcuts Engine Wrapper API. This API is available for S60 3rd Edition and S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 1 platforms, and included in the SDK API Plug-in packages.

See also

KIS000920 - Shortcuts Engine API not available in S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2

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