History Android is a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system and applications. Androids mobile operating system is based on a modified version of the Linux kernel. Google and other members of the Open Handset Alliance collaborated on Androids development and release.
Features Storage Messaging Web browser Java support Media support Market Bluetooth Video calling
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Introduction What is Android? • A software platform and operating system for mobile devices • Based on the Linux kernel • Developed by Open Handset Alliance (OHA) and later google • Allows writing managed code in the Java language • The Open Handset Alliance (OHA) is a collection of more than 50 technology companies, including hardware manufacturers, mobile carriers, and software developers
The first Android mobile handset, the T-Mobile G1, was released in the United States in October 2008. By the end of 2009 over 20 Android-compatible handsets had been launched or announced in more than 26 countries on 32 different carrier networks. Rather than being a mobile OS created for a single hardware implementation, Android is designed to support a large variety of hardware platforms, from WVGA (Wide Quarter Video Graphics Array) phones with hard keyboards to QVGA ( Quarter Video Graphics Array)devices with resistive touchscreens. Beyond that, with no licensing fees or proprietary software, the cost of Android handsets, and is comparatively low.
Android SDK The Android software development kit (SDK) includes everything you need to start developing, testing, and debugging Android applications. Development Tools The Android Emulator Full Documentation Sample Code Online Support
Dalvik Virtual Machine – DVM One of the key elements of Android is the Dalvik virtual machine. Rather than use a traditional Java virtual machine (VM) such as Java ME (Java Mobile Edition) Android uses its own custom VM designed to ensure that multiple instances run efficiently on a single device. The Dalvik VM uses the device’s underlying Linux kernel to handle functionality including security, threading, and process and memory management. All Android hardware and system service access is managed using Dalvik as a middle tier.
The Dalvik VM executes Dalvik executable files, a format optimized to ensure minimal memory footprint. You create.dex executables by transforming Java language compiled classes using the tools supplied within the SDK.
Installing Android What You Need to Begin Because Android applications run within the Dalvik virtual machine, you can write them on any platform that supports the developer tools. This currently includes the following: Microsoft Windows (XP or Vista) Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later (Intel chips only) Linux To get started, you’ll need to download and install the following: The Android SDK Java Development Kit (JDK) 5 or 6
You can download the latest JDK from Sun at http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp If you already have a JDK installed, make sure that it meets the version requirements listed above, and note that the Java runtime environment (JRE) is not sufficient. Downloading and Installing the SDK http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html Download android-sdk_r10-windows.zip file ZIP file containing the API libraries, developer tools, documentation, and several sample applications and API demos that highlight the use of particular API features. Install it by unzipping the SDK into a SDK in C drive.
Developing with Eclipse First Download Eclipse from http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/ Download and Unzip this file in to your directory (C:). Double-click on the file c:eclipseeclipse.exe
Creating Hello World After youve created an AVD, the next step is to start a new Android project in Eclipse. From Eclipse, select File > New > Project. If the ADT Plugin for Eclipse has been successfully installed, the resulting dialog should have a folder labeled "Android" which should contain "Android Project". (After you create one or more Android projects, an entry for "Android XML File" will also be available.) Select "Android Project" and click Next.
Fill in the project details with the following values: Project name: HelloAndroid Application name: Hello, Android Package name: com.example.helloandroid (or your own private namespace) Create Activity: HelloAndroid Click Finish.
Here is a description of each field: Project Name : This is the Eclipse Project name — the name of the directory that will contain the project files. Application Name : This is the human-readable title for your application — the name that will appear on the Android device. Package Name : This is the package namespace (following the same rules as for packages in the Java programming language) that you want all your source code to reside under. This also sets the package name under which the stub Activity will be generated. Your package name must be unique across all packages installed on the Android system; for this reason, its important to use a standard domain-style package for your applications.
Create Activity : This is the name for the class stub that will be generated by the plug-in. This will be a subclass of Androids Activity class. An Activity is simply a class that can run and do work. It can create a UI if it chooses, but it doesnt need to. As the checkbox suggests, this is optional, but an Activity is almost always used as the basis for an application. Min SDK Version : This value specifies the minimum API Level required by your application. For more information, see Android API Levels. Other fields : The checkbox for "Use default location" allows you to change the location on disk where the projects files will be generated and stored. "Build Target" is the platform target that your application will be compiled against (this should be selected automatically, based on your Min SDK Version).
You will see the following files created automatically by the SDK.
src : It contains the source packages and java source files. In our src folder it currently contains the package com.helloAndroid. The package further contains the java file “helloAndroid.java”. gen : It contains the auto generated java files. You do not modify that. Android 1.6 : It contains the particular SDK libraries being used for the current project. res : It is one of the other important content folders. It contains three subfolders for images drawable –hdpi , drawable –ldpi, drawable –mdpi. Layout : The layout contains the main.xml which is called when the application is started. values : Contained in the values folder is used to define strings to be used within the applications. AndroidManifest.xml :
Types of Android Applications Most of the applications you create in Android will fall into one of the following categories: Foreground An application that’s useful only when it’s in the foreground and is effectively suspended when it’s not visible.map are common examples. Background An application with limited interaction that, apart from when being configured, spends most of its lifetime hidden. Examples include call screening applications and SMS auto-responders. Widget Some applications are represented only as a home-screen widget.
Android Asset Packaging Tool (AAPT) Constructs the distributable Android package files (.apk). The following diagram depicts the components involved in building and running an application: Android Debug Bridge (ADB) The ADB is a client-server application that provides a link to a running emulator. It lets you copy files, install compiled application packages (.apk), and run shell commands.
Layouts LinearLayout Organizes its children either horizontally or vertically. TableLayout Organizes its children in tabular form. RelativeLayout : Organizes its children relative to one another or to the parent. FrameLayout : Allows you to dynamically change the control(s) in the layout.
The Android Widget Toolbox Android supplies a toolbox of standard Views to help you create simple interfaces. By using these controls, you can simplify your development and provide consistency between applications. The following list highlights some of the more familiar toolbox controls: TextView : A standard read only text label. It supports multiline display, string formatting, and automatic word wrapping. EditText : An editable text entry box. It accepts multiline entry and word wrapping. ListView : A View Group that creates and manages a group of Views used to display the items in a List. The standard ListView displays the string value of an array of objects using a Text View for each item.
Button : Standard push-button CheckBox : Two-state button represented with a checked or unchecked box RadioButton : Two-state grouped buttons. Presents the user with a number of binary options of which only one can be selected at a time.