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Subbu Jagadeesan
Engineering Manager – Enterprise Software
Bangalore Solution CenterDEVELOP FASTER FOR MORE
What is Android? What is .APK file?
Why Android? Application Components
Android Architecture Activity
Linux Kernel Intent
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Android Runtime (DVM) Broadcast Receiver
Application Security Sandbox Notification
Application Framework Content Provider
ApplicationsWhat is Android?
What is Android?
Operating System?
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Kernel based on Linux 2.6Why Android?
Robust - based on Linux 2.6
Open – all applications are treated equally
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Developer Community SupportAndroid ArchitectureLinux Kernel
Linux 2.6 kernel core services
Memory Management
Process Management
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Driver ModelNative Libraries
LIBC – standard “C” library (customized for embedded Linux)
OpenGL – 2D/3D graphics
SQLite – light weight relational database engine
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Surface Manager – manages access to display subsystem
LibWebCore – webkit based library to support browser and web views
SSL – Secure Socket Layer
Media Libraries – playback / recording of popular video / audio formatsAndroid Runtime
Dalvik VM
Runs optimized Dalvik byte code (.dex format)
Java class/jar files converted to .dex at build time
Supports multiple virtual machines per deviceApplication Security Sandbox
When an Android app to be executed
A Linux user is created with the random user id
The rwx file permissions are set for the owner only and no permission is
given to group and others
A Linux process is started for the DVM
The Android app runs in that DVMApplication Framework
Activity Manager – Manages lifecycle of the activity
Package Manager – Holds information about apps loaded in the system
Telephony Manager – Handle information about telephony
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Resource Manager – Access to non-code resources such as localized strings
Content Providers – Facilitates to access data from other applications
Location Manager – Handles information about location
Notification Manager – To display custom alerts in status barApplications
Android ships with a set of core applications (Contacts, Calendar, etc)
All apps are written in Java
Developer’s code resides along with core apps
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communityWhat is .APK file?
It is a package containing
.dex files
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Manifest file
APK files are ZIP formatted packages based on JAR file formatAndroid Application FundamentalsAndroid Versions
Platform Version API Level VERSION_CODE
Android 4.1, 4.1.1 16 JELLY_BEAN
Android 4.0.3, 4.0.4 15 ICE_CREAM_SANDWICH_MR1
Android 4.0, 4.0.1, 4.0.2 14 ICE_CREAM_SANDWICH
Android 3.2 13 HONEYCOMB_MR2
Android 3.1.x 12 HONEYCOMB_MR1
Android 3.0.x 11 HONEYCOMB
Android 2.3.4
Android 2.3.3
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Android 2.3.1 9 GINGERBREAD
Android 2.3
Android 2.2.x 8 FROYO
Android 2.1.x 7 ECLAIR_MR1
Android 2.0.1 6 ECLAIR_0_1
Android 2.0 5 ECLAIR
Android 1.6 4 DONUT
Android 1.5 3 CUPCAKE
Android 1.1 2 BASE_1_1
Android 1.0 1 BASEApplication Components
The following are the components of Android application:
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ContentProvider Activity
Activity Overview
Activity Lifecycle
Activity Callbacks
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Registering Activity
Activity Sample
Preference ActivityActivity Overview
An activity is roughly a screen.
A typical application may have many activities.
Activities are typically expensive and so are managed by the system. Activity LifecycleActivity Lifecycle
Activities are highly managed by the system’s ActivityManager.
ActivityManager drives the activity through its states.
You as an app developer get to say what happens on transitions.Activity Callbacks
Used to setup your activity. You will almost always have to have it. Good place
to inflate the UI and setup listeners.
onResume() and onPause()
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activity is visible. This is important for things that consume a lot of battery, such
as GPS and sensors.
onStart() and onStop()
Use to setup code that starts/stops the activity. Unlike onResume() and
onPause(), it includes Paused state as well. Activity Callbacks
Called when the activity is restarted. It is followed by onStart() and onResume().
A good place to do any cleanup before the activity is cleaned up from memory.
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Called when the menu is loaded (typically from an XML resource).
Called whenever an option menu item is clicked on.Activity Lifecycle Explored
Starting for the first time Pressing Home button
onCreate OnSaveInstanceState
onStart onPause
onResume onStop
Rotating the screen Restarting next time
OnSaveInstanceState onRestart
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onStop onResume
onResumeRegistering Activity
Register the activity in the manifest file:
<action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN"/>
<category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER"/>
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The intent filter specifies that this activity is to be the main entry point into the
application as well as that it should be shown in the app launcher on home
Any other activity
... <activity android:name=".AnotherActivity"></activity> ...Activity SamplePreference Activity
Specialized activity that knows how to display, read and write application’s user
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.preference.PreferenceActivity;
publicclass PrefsActivityextends PreferenceActivity {
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R.xml.prefs refers to PreferenceScreen resourcePreference Activity
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<PreferenceScreen xmlns:android="">
android:title="Background data"
android:summary="Use background data?">
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android:title="Text Size">
</PreferenceScreen>Preference Activity SampleIntent
Intent Overview
Using Intents
Intent Filters
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Intents are like events or messages.
You can use them so start activities, start/stop services, or send broadcasts.
Intents can be implicit or explicit. Using Intents
Starts an activity specified by the intent. If activity does not exist already, it calls
onCreate() to create it. Otherwise, it calls onStart() and onResume().
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the service first.
Stops a service that is already running. If service is not running, it does nothing.Using Intents
Binds to a service. Requires that the service returns a binder via onBind()
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same action as this intent is specifying, that receiver’s onReceive() method will
be called.Intent Filters
Intent filter is a way for us to assign certain action to an activity, service,
receiver or similar.
Action is one of system defined actions, or something you come up with.
Intent filter typically goes into Android Manifest file, within <activity>,
<service>, or <receiver> elements.
Android Manifest file
<action android:name=""/>
...Explicit Intent Sample
startActivity(newIntent(this, AnotherActivity.class));
startService(newIntent(this, ServiceDemo.class));
this is the context from which this intent is being sent, in our case an Activity.Implicit Intent Sample
...Intent Filter Sample
Requires that there’s an intent filter filtering for this particular intent, for
<service android:name=".IntentServiceDemo">
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<receiver android:name=".ReceiverDemo">
<action android:name=“MSI.intent.action.ReceiverDemo"/>
Service Overview
Service Lifecycle
Service Lifecycle Explored
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Service Callbacks
Registering Service Service Overview
Services are code that runs in the background.
They can be started and stopped. Services doesn’t have UI.Service LifecycleService Lifecycle
Service starts and "runs" until it gets a request to stop.
Service will run on the main application thread.
To offload work from main thread, use intent service.
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Services can be bound or unbound. Service Lifecycle Explored
Starting a service first time
Restarting the same service
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Starting the intent service
onDestroyService Callbacks
Called when service is first created.
Called every time the service is started.
Called when service is stopped. It is subsequently destroyed.
Required, but for unbound services, we just return null. This is called when
bindService() is called.IntentService Callbacks
It needs to pass the name of this service to its super.
Called when service is first created.
This is where the work of the service runs.
Called when service is stopped. It is subsequently destroyed. Registering Service
Registering a service that will be called explicitly by its class name
<service android:name=".ServiceDemo"></service>
Registering a service that will be called via action
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<service android:name=".IntentServiceDemo">
<action android:name=“MSI.intent.action.IntentServiceDemo" />
…IntentService SampleBroadcast Receiver
Broadcast Receiver Overview
Broadcast Receiver Sample
Broadcast Receiver Callbacks
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An Intent-based publish-
subscribe mechanism.
Great for listening
system events such as
SMS messagesReceiver Lifecycle Explained
Sending a broadcast to a receiver
onReceiveBroadcast Receiver Callbacks
This is the only method you typically care about for a broadcast receiver. It is
called when this receiver is invoked.Registering Broadcast Receiver
Registering in Android Manifest file
<receiver android:name=".ReceiverDemo">
<action android:name=“MSI.intent.action.ReceiverDemo"/>
</receiver>Broadcast Receiver SampleNotification
Notification Overview
Notification Usage SampleNotification Overview
Alerts the user in the status bar
Contains the following elements
Notification text
Time of notification
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Intent to be started - typically some Activity gets started on clicking the
Don’t forget to cancel the notificationNotification Usage SampleContent Provider
Content Provider Overview
Content Provider Lifecycle
Content Provider Lifecycle Explored
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Content Provider Callbacks
Registering Content Provider Content Provider Overview
Content Providers share content with
applications across application boundaries.
Examples of built-in Content Providers are:
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Settings and more. Content Provider Lifecycle
Content provider is initiated first time it is used via a call to onCreate().
There is no callback for cleaning up after the provider.
When modifying the data (insert/update/delete), open/close database atomically.
When reading the data, leave database open or else the data will get garbage
collected. Content Provider Callbacks
Used to initialize this content provider. This method runs on UI thread, so
should be quick. Good place to instantiate database helper, if using database.
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something like for a
single item or for
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Inserts the values into the provider returning uri that points to the newly inserted
record. Content Provider Callbacks
Updates records(s) specified by either the uri or selection/selectionArgs combo.
Returns number of records affected.
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Returns number of records affected.
Queries the provider for the record(s) specified by either uri or selection /
selectionArgs / grouping / having combo. Registering Content Provider
Registering in the manifest file:
The authority of this provider must match the uri authority that this provider is
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All applications are treated equally
Decide on the API level that your app will be supporting
All the applications are developed in Java
Each Android application runs in Application Security Sandbox
Android system can kill your activity anytime if it decides not required. Hence
save your screen data
Your application settings can be stored / retrieved easily using Preference
You could register intent filters to start your activity from any other app
Services are the code that does not have UI
Use IntentService to perform any background activity
Broadcast Receiver listens to the system event to occurT TH HA AN NK K Y YO OU U