Using Notifications on android with MvvmCross

I do want to create a plugin which does implement something like a notification-service.

So what I’m doing at the moment is something like this:

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  •         var activity = Mvx.Resolve<IMvxAndroidCurrentTopActivity>().Activity;
            var builder = new NotificationCompat.Builder(activity.ApplicationContext)
            var notificationManager = (NotificationManager)activity.ApplicationContext.GetSystemService(Context.NotificationService);
            notificationManager.Notify(0, builder.Build());

    This works fine and does show the notification as it should show.
    Next step is, that I want to navigate from the notification to my activity. Which means in MvvmCross I do want to navigate to my ViewModel.

    But how do I now pack the ShowViewModel<…>()-Command into this notification? Is this even possible?

    On native android I would create a PendingIntent which does point to my Activity I want to show.

    Any idea? Hint? Tip? 🙂

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  • One Solution collect form web for “Using Notifications on android with MvvmCross”

    The default MvvmCross presenter on Android uses Intents for navigation. These are generated by the method Intent GetIntentFor(MvxViewModelRequest request) in the IMvxAndroidViewModelRequestTranslator interface.

    By default this is implemented within: MvxAndroidViewsContainer.cs#L117

        public virtual Intent GetIntentFor(MvxViewModelRequest request)
            var viewType = GetViewType(request.ViewModelType);
            if (viewType == null)
                throw new MvxException("View Type not found for " + request.ViewModelType);
            var converter = Mvx.Resolve<IMvxNavigationSerializer>();
            var requestText = converter.Serializer.SerializeObject(request);
            var intent = new Intent(_applicationContext, viewType);
            intent.PutExtra(ExtrasKey, requestText);
            AdjustIntentForPresentation(intent, request);
            return intent;

    If you need to generate Intents for other purposes (e.g. in order to then go on and generate PendingIntents) then you can Resolve and call this interface yourself.

        var request = MvxViewModelRequest<MyViewModel>.GetDefaultRequest();
        request.PresentationValues = new Dictionary<string, string>() {
           { "life", "42" }
        var translator = Mvx.Resolve<IMvxAndroidViewModelRequestTranslator>();
        var intent = translator.GetIntentFor(request);
        var pending = PendingIntent.GetActivity (context, 0, intent, 0);

    For further information on generating MvxViewModelRequest objects, see also the overloaded ShowViewModel methods in MvxNavigatingObject.cs

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