Using the code provided by the official developer website istn’t always the best idea… I wanted to download data from an interface website in the background so I used the HTTPDownloadTask from the official site and customised it so it fits my needs.
The result was this:
It actually did download my data but in the end I got tons of questionmarks…
The problem was that they used a buffer which of course can be full and kills my GSON Objekt in the onPostExecute-Method…

10-17 18:38:11.443: D/debug(13532): {"ident":"50572","ts":"24.05.2011 07:40","content":" Bin ich der einzige der dachte, beim Film 1+1=10 geht es um Nerds und nicht darum, dass 2 Schauspieler die 10 Hauptrollen spielen?","rating":"2044"},
10-17 18:38:11.443: D/debug(13532): {"ident":"28685","ts":"20.12.2009 08:40","content":" ich wohne jetzt hier fast 10 monate und habe heute endlich mal meinen nachbarn von nebenan kennengelernt[newline] Glückwunsch [newline] in der videothek... Hat sich 7 pornos ausgeliehen[newline] lol","rating":"4787"},
10-17 18:38:11.443: D/debug(13532): {"ident":"12820���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������

The solution is this piece of code:
It doesn’t use any buffers so they cannot be full 🙂

URL url;
InputStream is = null;
BufferedReader br;
String line;

	try {
		url = new URL(urlStr);
		is = url.openStream(); // throws an IOException
		br = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(is, "iso-8859-1"));

		while ((line = br.readLine()) != null) {
			result += line;
		} catch (MalformedURLException mue) {
		} catch (IOException ioe) {
		} finally {
			try {
				if (is != null)
			} catch (IOException ioe) {
				// nothing to see here

Log.d("Downloaded", result);
return result;

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