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Communicate Using BroadcastReceivers

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Implement the go-to way for communication between Android components which are used for background processing - BroadcastReceivers.


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Previously you implemented a foreground service, which showed a notification. But you didn’t have a way to communicate back to the UI, that the service has finished, and that the images have been synchronized. To implement such behavior, you need to use BroadcastReceivers.

const val ACTION_IMAGES_SYNCHRONIZED = "images_synchronized"

class SynchronizeImagesReceiver(
    private inline val onImagesSynchronized: () -> Unit) : BroadcastReceiver() {

  override fun onReceive(context: Context?, intent: Intent?) {
    if (intent?.action == ACTION_IMAGES_SYNCHRONIZED) {
  private fun fetchImages() {
    GlobalScope.launch {
      val result = remoteApi.getImages()

      if (result is Success) {
        val imagesArray = { it.imagePath }.toTypedArray()

        FileUtils.queueImagesForDownload(applicationContext, imagesArray)
        sendBroadcast(Intent().apply {
  private val receiver by lazy {
    SynchronizeImagesReceiver {
      toast("Images synchronized!")
    registerReceiver(receiver, IntentFilter().apply {