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ListView/RecyclerView ads

Integrating in your ListView


To show ads inside a ListView, the AppBrain SDK provides a ListAdapter which can wrap another ListAdapter and inserts ads at certain intervals. To wrap your ListAdapter inside an AdListAdapter use:

AdListAdapter adAdapter =
    AppBrain.getAds().wrapListAdapter(context, listAdapter);

Note that by wrapping your ListAdapter, the position value in your click listener’s onItemClick() could change. If you use ListAdapter.getItem() to retrieve an object this will not be a problem, since the AdListAdapter will automatically get the correct item from its wrapped adapter. If however you use the position value to retrieve data from a different source, you can compensate for the change in position by calling AdListAdapter.getItemPosition():

listView.setOnItemClickListener(new OnItemClickListener() {
    public void onItemClick(AdapterView<?> parent, View view,
        int position, long id) {
        position = adAdapter.getItemPosition(position);

        // For example:

Customized layouts

AppBrain ListView ads have a default layout that matches your app’s theme. If you would like to customize the ads to integrate better in your ListView, it is also possible to provide your own layout. To achieve this you can call:

AdListAdapter adAdapter = AppBrain.getAds().wrapListAdapter(
    context, listAdapter, R.layout.list_ad, R.id.icon,
    R.id.title, R.id.description);

The call in the above example will use the layout file list_ad.xml in your project to display ads. The AppBrain SDK will search inside this layout for three views:

  • An ImageView to display the ad’s icon in
  • A TextView to display the ad’s title in
  • A TextView to display the ad’s description in

If you would like to programmatically create or adjust your layout, you can implement the AdLayoutCreator interface and pass that to the SDK instead of the layoutId parameter:

AdLayoutCreator layoutCreator = new AdLayoutCreator() {
    public View createLayout(AdLayoutType type) {
        // Create and return your view here.

AdListAdapter adAdapter = AppBrain.getAds().wrapListAdapter(
    context, listAdapter, layoutCreator, R.id.icon,
    R.id.title, R.id.description);

Custom offerwall using the ListView adapter

The ListView adapter can also be used to show a completely custom offerwall. This is done by passing null as the adapter to be wrapped. The adapter will then load up to 10 available app offers, using your custom layout as specified above.

This is a special feature and requires approval of the final implementation to be used, please contact us at contact@appbrain.com to discuss this.


The instructions above are all based on ListView, but they also apply for RecyclerView. Just change the word “List” into “Recycler” where necessary, e.g. wrapListAdapter() would become wrapRecyclerAdapter().

The only extra thing to keep in mind, is that your ViewHolder needs to extend AdRecyclerAdapter.AdViewHolder instead of RecyclerView.ViewHolder, for your adapter to work with wrapRecyclerAdapter().