Android Interview Questions & Answers
- What is android?
A.Android is a stack of software for mobile devices which has Operating System, middleware and some key
applications. The application executes within its own process and its own instance of Dalvik Virtual Machine.
Many Virtual Machines run efficiently by a DVM device. DVM executes Java language byte code which later
transforms into .dex format files.
What are the advantages of Android?
A. The following are the advantages of Android:
* The customer will be benefited from wide range of mobile applications to choose, since the monopoly of
wireless carriers like AT&T and Orange will be broken by Google Android.
* Features like weather details, live RSS feeds, opening screen, icon on the opening screen can be customized
* Innovative products like the location-aware services, location of a nearby convenience store etc., are some of
the additive facilities in Android.
Components can be reused and replaced by the application framework.
* Optimized DVM for mobile devices
* SQLite enables to store the data in a structured manner.
* Supports GSM telephone and Bluetooth, WiFi, 3G and EDGE technologies
* The development is a combination of a device emulator, debugging tools, memory profiling and plug-in for
- Explain about the exceptions of Android?
A.The following are the exceptions that are supported by Android
* InflateException : When an error conditions are occurred, this exception is thrown
* Surface.OutOfResourceException: When a surface is not created or resized, this exception is thrown
* SurfaceHolder.BadSurfaceTypeException: This exception is thrown from the lockCanvas() method, when
invoked on a Surface whose is SURFACE_TYPE_PUSH_BUFFERS
* WindowManager.BadTokenException: This exception is thrown at the time of trying to add view an invalid
- Describe the APK format.
A.The APK file is compressed the AndroidManifest.xml file, application code (.dex files), resource files, and
other files. A project is compiled into a single .apk file.
What is .apk extension?
A.The extension for an Android package file, which typically contains all of the files related to a single Android
application. The file itself is a compressed collection of an AndroidManifest.xml file, application code (.dex
files), resource files, and other files. A project is compiled into a single .apk file.
What is .dex extension?
A.Android programs are compiled into .dex (Dalvik Executable) files, which are in turn zipped into a single
.apk file on the device. .dex files can be created by automatically translating compiled applications written in
the Java programming language.
Explain the Architecture of Android ?
A. Top -> Applications (Contacts, Browser, Phone, etc)
Below Applications -> Application Framework(Activity Manager, Window Manager, Content Providers, View
System, Package manager,
Telephony manager, Resource, Notification, Location managers)
Below Application Framework -> System Libraries(Like Sqlite, webkit, SSL, OpenGL, Media Framework etc)
& Android Runtime( Core Libraries and DVM).
Atlast Last -> Linux Kernel (which composed of drivers like display, camera etc.)
What is an activity?
A. A single screen in an application, with supporting Java code.
An activity presents a visual user interface for one focused endeavor the user can undertake.
For example, an activity might present a list of menu items users can choose from or it might display
photographs along with their captions.
What is a service?
A.A service doesn’t have a visual user interface, but rather runs in the background for an indefinite period of
For example, a service might play background music as the user attends to other matters, or it might fetch data
over the network or calculate something and provide the result to activities that need it.Each service extends the
Service base class.
How to Remove Desktop icons and Widgets?
A. Press and Hold the icon or widget. The phone will vibrate and on the bottom of the phone you will see
anoption to remove. While still holding the icon or widget drag it to the remove button. Once remove turns red
drop the item and it is gone
Describe a real time scenario where android can be used?
A .Imagine a situation that you are in a country where no one understands the language you speak and you can
not read or write. However, you have mobile phone with you.
How to select more than one option from list in android xml file? ********
A. Give an example.
Specify android id, layout height and width as depicted in the following example.
What languages does Android support for application development?
A.Android applications are written using the Java programming language.
Describe Android Application Architecture?
A.Android Application Architecture has the following components:
• Services – like N
• Intent – To perform inter-communication network Operation between activities or services
• Resource Externalization – such as strings and graphics
• Notification signaling users – light, sound, icon, notification, dialog etc
What is the Android Open Source Project?
A. We use the phrase “Android Open Source Project” or “AOSP” to refer to the people, the processes, and the
source code that make up Android.
Why did we open the Android source code?
A .Google started the Android project in response to our own experiences launching mobile apps. We wanted
to make sure that there would always be an open platform available for carriers, OEMs, and developers to use to
make their innovative ideas a reality. We also wanted to make sure that there was no central point of failure, so
that no single industry player could restrict or control the innovations of any other. The single most important
goal of the Android Open-Source Project (AOSP) is to make sure that the open-source Android software is
implemented as widely and compatibly as possible, to everyone’s benefit.
What is the Guardian app for Android?
A.The Guardian app for Android delivers all the best content from guardian.co.uk to your phone or tablet. Read
the latest news, sport, comment and reviews, watch video, listen to brodcasts and browse stunning picture
galleries while on the move.
What features does it have?
A .- Navigate by section, topic or contributor
– Download your homepage and favourites for offline reading with the touch of a button, or schedule a
daily download for a time that suits you
– Browse our award-winning audio and video content
– Save contributors, topics and sections to your favourites folder
– Add favourites to your homescreen with an expanded view or link
– Swipe through stunning full-screen picture galleries
– Share articles and galleries via the Android share function
– View content in portrait or landscape orientation
- Will it work on my phone?
A.The app will work on all phones and tablets running Android version 1.6 and above.
How much does it cost?
A.The app is free and ad-supported.
How do I save the app to my SD card?
A. From the device’s Settings menu, go to Applications > Manage applications > The Guardian. Under the data
header, choose “Move to SD card”.
How do I add sections to my favourites?
A. It is possible to add sections, topics and contributors to your favourites. You can add to favourites by
tapping the star icon in the top right hand corner of the relevant screens, or on the right hand side of the headers
in the all sections menu.
How do I remove sections from my favourites?
A. From the favourites menu, tap the red icons to the left hand side of the items. Alternatively, tap the star icon
in the top right hand corner of the relevant screen so that it returns to its white state.
What is Mono for Android?
A. Mono for Android is a software development kit that allows developers to use the C# language to create
mobile applications for Android-based devices.Mono for Android exposes two sets of APIs, the core .NET APIs
that C# developers are familiar with as well as a C# binding to Android’s native APIs exposed through the
Mono.Android.* namespace.You can use Mono for Android to develop applications that are distributed through
the Android Application Stores or to deploy software to your personal hardware or the Android simulator.
What is included in Mono for Android?
A. Mono for Android consists of the core Mono runtime, the Mono for Android bindings to the native Android
APIs, a Visual Studio 2010 plugin to develop Android applications and an SDK that contains the tools to build,
debug and deploy your applicationsOur Visual Studio 2010 plugin allows developers to use Visual Studio 2010
to develop, debug and deploy their applications to an Android simulator, an Android device, or the Android
Our MonoDevelop IDE also ships an addin to support Mono for Android development.
What do I need to develop Mono for Android applications?
A. Mono for Android on Windows provides a plugin for Visual Studio 2010 Professional or better. We also
support Mono for Android development using MonoDevelop on Windows for users that do not own a copy of
Visual Studio 2010 Professional or better.Mono for Android on Mac developers can use MonoDevelop.On all
platforms, Mono for Android requires the Android SDK (which requires Java JDK).
Will my users need to install Mono?
A. No, When you deploy your application to the app store the Mono mobile runtime is statically linked to your
application. No additional dependancies are needed. From the users point of view, there is no difference
between an application created in Java and an application created using Mono for Android, other than a slightly
larger (~4.4MB) application size.
Where is the UI Designer?
A. Mono for Android does not bundle a UI designer to create the UI XML files We do not provide an
integrated UI designer in Mono for Android 1.0. No decisions past that have been made. We will be listening
to user feedback to decide where to put resources for the future versions.
How is Mono for Android licensed?
A. Mono for Android is a commercial/proprietary offering that is built on top of the open source Mono project
and is licensed on a per-developer basis.
What is the API profile exposed by Mono for Android?
A. Mono for Android uses the same API profile for the core libraries as MonoTouch.Specifically, MonoTouch
and Mono for Android both support a Silverlight-based API, without Silverlight’s UI libraries (e.g. no XML, no
WindowsBase.dll, etc.), and free of the sandboxing limitations of Silverlight.
Are the Android releases available in a ROM?
A. No, Android is not yet available in a ROM format.Currently Android is installed by using a clean SD Card,
and booted from there.It is booted by running a special application called ‘Haret.exe’ residing on your SD Card
which will terminate the Windows kernel and boot into Linux/Android.It can’t easily be run from ROM because
a) it’s too experimental to risk putting in ROM and then killing a device and b) WinMo does some hardware
initialization that isn’t documented, but is needed before Android can run.
When will it be available in a ROM?
A. No time soon. Folks are working on it, but you’ll need a lot of patience before it (if ever) arrives
How do I turn off, or reboot Android?
A. In earlier releases, you had to pull the battery or press the reset button, in newer releases, you can hold down
the ‘end call’ button and see a menu.
Should we jump in to Android? What’s the guarantee that’s what I will see on a phone? Will service
providers turn off things?
A. Keep in mind it hasn’t shipped yet, this is the most interesting time. Once it is open source, it could be
locked down… they could create a derivative work.
We’re going to provide a piece of technology that tests the APIs. No time frame yet. The script will exercise the
system. It’s a compatibility test suite, to make sure nothing got disabled or broken by accident, and also ensure
that apps will work across OEMs.
What if my app uses location API, and service provider shuts that off, can they?
A. They can do that… it’s not a perfect world. Rather than having us dictate what carriers and OEMs support,
we let developers develop killer apps that will require it.
We want to ensure all the application development that goes on for Android… we want to give OEMs an
incentive to keep things open. It’s a positive, self fulfilling vision.
38.If I’m a game developer and I’m building piece of content and I want to sell it, how do I do that and
A. Content distribution — we’ve thought of that. It’d be great if there were a place where people could go to
safely download and pay for content.
- We use SMS interception for system signalling. Is there a mechanism for an app to respond and stop
the signaling chain? Is there security around that so that one vendor can’t hijack a message and respond
A. There’s a mechanism where an application can register to receive a message with a certain signature and
prevent others from getting it. We have a system of permissions apps are able to declare, enforce, and require to
perform certain operations. Things like dial the phone, get to contacts, etc.. But these aren’t things that are
baked in the core of the system. An arbitrary app could declare custom permissions.
As far as restricting another app, the model we’ve been going by… the phone is not controlled by the
application vendor, it’s controlled by the user. Whether or not the permissions are granted is up to the user that
owns the phone. If you created a protocol that intercepts an SMS and another party wrote an app that intercepts
the same SMS and the user wants to use that, the user could be free to stick that in.
Can the user set a priority?
A. Don’t know, post your question to the developer’s community board.
In a previous release, XMPP was turned into GTalk. Will a future version have XMPP?
A. Goal is to have XMPP support after 1.0. [Later they said both GTalk and XMPP were post 1.0 features. -Ed]
What’s so special about Android?
A. Unlike the proprietary iPhone operating system (now known as “iOS,”), which is under the complete control
of Apple — and the same goes for Research in Motion’s BlackBerry OS or Microsoft’s Windows Phone
platform — Google released Android as an open-source OS under the auspices of the Open Handset Alliance,
leaving phone manufacturers (relatively) free to tweak Android as they see fit for a given handset.
That’s one thing that’s special about Android. Another thing is that it just happens to be a really good OS, the
first one in the post-iPhone wireless era to really give Apple a run for its money. Android may not be as sleek or
polished as iOS (that’s my humble opinion, at least), but it’s fast and powerful, with an intuitive user interface
that’s packed with options and flexibility. It’s also being constantly improved courtesy of the big brains at
Google, making the Android experience sleeker by the day.
Are Android phones called “Droids”?
A. Not necessarily. “Droid” is a brand name used by Verizon Wireless for its Android-based phones — the
Droid X, the Droid Eris, the Droid Incredible and so on. The HTC Evo 4G on Sprint is not a “Droid,” per se, but
it’s still an Android smartphone.
Why would I (potentially) choose an Android phone over an iPhone?
A. Well, for a variety of reasons — although I should point out that I’m actually a fan of both operating
systems. (Sorry to disappoint the smartphone flame warriors out there.)
One reason to go the Google way is that Android phones boast tight integration with Google services like
Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Contacts and Google Voice — perfect for anyone who uses Google for all
their e-mails, contacts and events. Indeed, one of the coolest things about Android phones is that the first time
you fire one up, you enter your Google user name and password, and voila: All your Google messages, contacts
and other info start syncing into your new handset automatically, no desktop syncing needed.
Android is also far more open when it comes to applications. Whereas Apple takes a “walled garden” approach
to its App Store, Google won’t restrict you from installing apps that aren’t featured in its official Android
Marketplace. iPhone users, on the other hand, must “jailbreak” their phones if they want to install apps that
weren’t approved by Apple for inclusion in the App Store.
Last but not least, because Android is open to all manufacturers, a wide variety of Android phones are available
to choose from — big and small, souped-up and pared-down, some with slide-out keyboards (good luck
convincing Steve Jobs to put a slide-out QWERTY on the iPhone) and some that are all-touchscreen, all the
time. Indeed, in the past few months, a new Android phone has debuted practically every week, while we only
get a single new iPhone each year.
What are the downsides of Android?
A. Well, if you ask me, the Android OS isn’t quite as forgiving to wireless beginners as the iPhone is. Setting
up your e-mail, contacts and calendar on Android is a breeze (if you’re all about Gmail, that is), but when it
comes to, say, your music and videos, you’re on your own with Android, which lacks an official media syncing
client for the desktop. With the iPhone, you do all your syncing on easy-to-use iTunes, which also lets you
manage your e-mail accounts, contacts, apps and photos. Then again, you can only use iTunes for syncing the
iPhone, while Android users have a variety of third-party options.
That’s just one example, but in general, Android gives you more options and choices about how you manage
your phone and your mobile content — great for experienced and advanced users, but potentially intimating for
On the other hand, while beginners might appreciate the (usually) smooth, user-friendly experience that Apple
has devised for the iPhone, advanced users may (and often do) get frustrated by Apple’s tight control over what
they can and can’t do on the iPhone. It’s a trade-off, plain and simple, and your choice of platform depends on
what’s right for you.
What’s up with all these different versions of Android, like “Donut,” “Cupcake” and “Froyo”?
A. Just as Apple does with iOS, Google continually updates Android with cool new features, leading to one
“point” upgrade after another.
The most recent version of Android is 2.2, code-named “Froyo” (for frozen yogurt, yum), adds features such as
native USB tethering (for sharing your Android phone’s data connection with a laptop via a USB cable), mobile
hotspot functionality (which turns your phone into a portable Wi-Fi hotspot that works with nearby Wi-Fi
devices) and — perhaps most important — support for Flash, meaning that Flash-powered videos and modules
that (notoriously) don’t work on the iPhone will work on the Android Web browser.
Before 2.2 Froyo, we had version 2.1, which added “live” animated wallpaper, new home screen icons and
widgets (tiny apps for the home screen), speech-to-text functionality (for e-mail and text messages, for
example), full-on multitouch (for pinch-to-zoom gestures), and an updated photo gallery that hooks into your
Picasa Web albums. Android 1.6 “Donut” (someone at Google must have a sweet tooth) added various speed
improvements, support for more screen resolutions, and faster camera and camcorder applications. The first
major update to Android was 1.5 “Cupcake,” which (among other goodies) finally added a native video
So if the current version of Android is 2.2, why are people still complaining about Android phones
stuck with version 2.1, or even 1.6?
A. Ah, well, here’s where we find one of the downsides of Google allowing so much diversity in terms of
available Android handsets. Don’t get me wrong: Variety is a beautiful thing, especially when it comes to
phones. But it also means that each new version of Android must be certified to work on a specific handset — a
long and sometimes drawn-out process that can leave users of a particular Android smartphone waiting weeks
or even months to get the latest and greatest features. Indeed, manufactures and carriers may decide that it’s not
worth the effort to upgrade their older phones to the latest Android version, leaving users high and dry.
On the other hand, only a handful of iPhones exist, which makes it far easier for Apple to roll out a new version
of iOS to everyone, all at once — or at least it used to be easy. Because of the hardware demands of iOS 4,
we’ve already seen the original iPhone from 2007 get left behind, while users of the second-generation iPhone
3G have complained bitterly that the new iOS has slowed their handsets to a crawl. So it goes.
How many apps are available for Android?
A. About 70,000 or so, growing by the day — still just a fraction of the 225,000-plus apps in the Apple App
Store, but the official Android Marketplace has quite the head of steam, not to mention plenty of goodwill from
the developer community given that Google doesn’t give apps the star-chamber treatment.
- So, how should I go about picking an Android phone?
A. No question about it: The breadth and variety of Android phones now on the market can be downright
bewildering. The easiest way to narrow your choices is pretty obvious: What features and form-factors are you
looking for? Do you want a phone with a real QWERTY keypad, or would you prefer one with only an onscreen keypad? Looking for a big screen (like the 4.3-inchers on the Evo 4G or the Droid X) or something that’s
an easier fit in your pocket (like, say, the Droid Incredible)? Will you primarily be sending e-mail and text
messages (in which case a smaller screen with a QWERTY would work), or are you interested in watching
movies and other videos (big display)? Finally, who’s your carrier — or who would you like to be your carrier?
Note, it’s not rocket science.
Once you’ve zeroed in on a phone, find out which version of Android it’s running on. Is it the latest and
greatest? (For now, only the Motorola Droid 2 is shipping with Android 2.2, although a 2.2 update for the HTC
Evo 4G has finally arrived.) If not, ask when — and whether — an update is on the way.
What are the hottest new Android phones out right now?
A. Well, earlier this summer we got the HTC Evo 4G, which supports Sprint’s budding, next-generation WiMax
data network and boasts a 4.3-inch display — the same size as the screen on the Motorola Droid X, another eyepopper of a phone, except it’s on Verizon instead of Sprint. Samsung is in the midst of releasing a series of what
it calls its Galaxy S-class Android phones: They’re thin and light, they all have high-contrast 4-inch “Super
AMOLED” screens, and they’re available (or will be soon) on all four of the big U.S. carriers. If you’re looking
for an Android phone with a slide-out QWERTY, consider the new Motorola Droid 2 on Verizon or the
upcoming Samsung Epic 4G for Sprint.
How will you record a phone call in Android? How to get a handle on Audio Stream for a call in
A. Permissions.PROCESS_OUTGOING_CALLS: Allows an application to monitor, modify, or abort outgoing
Why cannot you run standard Java bytecode on Android?
A. Android uses Dalvik Virtual Machine (DVM) which requires a special bytecode. We need to convert Java
class files into Dalvik Executable files using an Android tool called “dx”. In normal circumstances, developers
will not be using this tool directly and build tools will care for the generation of DVM compatible files.
Can you deploy executable JARs on Android? Which packaging is supported by Android?
A. No. Android platform does not support JAR deployments. Applications are packed into Android Package
(.apk) using Android Asset Packaging Tool (aapt) and then deployed on to Android platform. Google provides
Android Development Tools for Eclipse that can be used to generate Android Package.
Android application can only be programmed in Java?
A. False. You can program Android apps in C/C++ using NDK .
What is an action?
A. The Intent Sender desires something or doing some task
What are Dalvik Executable files?
A. Dalvik Executable files have .dex extension and are zipped into a single .apk file on the device.
How does Android system track the applications?
A. Android system assigns each application a unique ID that is called Linux user ID. This ID is used to track
When does Android start and end an application process?
A. Android starts an application process when application’s component needs to be executed. It then closes the
process when it’s no longer needed (garbage collection).
How can two Android applications share same Linux user ID and share same VM?
A. The applications must sign with the same certificate in order to share same Linux user ID and share same
Can I use the GoToMeeting app for Android on my Android device?*****
A. Yes. If you’re running Android 2.2 or higher, you can install the GoToMeeting app from the Android
Market to join meetings and webinars as an attendee. We recommend using devices with a 1Ghz processor or
higher for optimal performance.
How can I download the GoToMeeting app?
A. You can download the GoToMeetng app from the Android Market by signing in to your Google account
linked with your Android device and searching for the GoToMeeting app to install it. If you don’t see an Install
button, you may not be running Android 2.2 or higher – the minimum system requirement needed to install the
You can also download the GoToMeeting app from the Amazon Appstore (only available in the U.S.), which
lets you instantly download the GoToMeeting app to an Android device.
If you have the GoToMeeting app pre-loaded onto your device, you’ll need to first upgrade to the latest version
of GoToMeeting. To upgrade, select the GoToMeeting daisy icon and then select the Upgrade button to install
the most recent version of the app.
62.If I have a Motorola Android-based device that doesn’t have the Android Market app, can I still
download the GoToMeeting app?
A.Yes. Attendees using Motorola Android-based devices in China can now download the GoToMeeting app
from SHOP4APPS™ – Motorola’s preinstalled Android application storefront. The GoToMeeting app is not yet
localized in Chinese, but it is available in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian.
63.What made you jump into Android all of a sudden? Why not iOS or other mobile platforms?
A. Maxim Petrov: I’ve never intended to do any mobile startup, but I got an Android phone first (Nexus One),
not iPhone, so I started to look into this platform first. The lack of Google’s own music app was obvious. I think
if it was iPhone, not Nexus One, I could go developing for iOS instead. Though, you know, there are a lot more
really good apps that already exist for iOS (and existed a year ago), all niches are filled, Apple is pretty
restrictive (I don’t think PowerAMP iPhone version would have ever been accepted in the Appstore). You can
jump into Android quickly – just download the SDK, install adb driver, and you can develop – for your phone,
for your friends (first beta testers), it’s much easier to start on Android, but I can only compare to what I’ve read
about iOS development as I haven’t developed anything for iPhone.
64.What were your initial impressions of Android development?
A.Maxim Petrov: Android developing (and actually, any software developing) is not about knowing the
language – languages are just tools, so adding a tool to a toolbox is usually not a problem (I moved to
Android/Java/C dev right from Ruby – and these are completely different languages). Given experience with
any other languages, you can move to Android pretty quickly, at least start prototyping something, though, you
need to fight the initial quirks (like SDK installation, lack of good documentation, android SDK/Eclipse and
framework bugs, and the Android core devs’ “you can’t do that, please don’t do that”).Android development
infrastructure is very immature, while Android end user can never notice the immaturity of the platform (as
actually, it’s not so immature on end user side), the development side of things is really lacking in many areas.
For example, documentation is lacking, often conflicts with real state of things and it’s just not enough. Though,
this is balanced by the fact that Android is open source – you can just go check the source, and the source is the
best documentation, but you need to get used (I am) to this approach. For example, Honeycomb sources are not
published yet, and this immediately raised questions, like how do they activate that menu button in bottom
- Does Android support Adobe Flash in the browser?
A.Flash support varies by device with Android 2.1. The Samsung Acclaim does not have Flash support upon
launch, but the HTC Desire will support Flash Lite 4.0 running Android 2.1. Flash 10.1 support is coming to
Android-powered phones with Android 2.2.
66.Does Android support push email or is it pull?
A. Android 2.1 supports push e-mail for Exchange mail and Gmail.
- Will these phones have world phone capabilities, with the ability to make calls, receive data in other
countries? Or will they be able to use Google Voice to make calls?
A.Our Android-powered phones have Wi-Fi which can be used abroad for data, including Google Voice for
making international calls. International Roaming for voice is available in several countries.
Will the App run on my Android phone?
A. Yes, our App is fully compatible with any Android phone running Android software v2.1 or later.
How do I install your App?
A. You can install our App from the Android Market by following the below steps:
Open the Android Market application in the Applications menu.
Hit the search icon and type in E.ON
To install it, hit the ‘Free’ button on the left hand side
In the next screen, it will give you more details about the application including the different functionalities it
will need to access. Just click on OK to finish installing the application.
How do I find and download updates to the E.ON Android application?
A. Any updates to our App will appear on your notification menu at the top of your screen. Just tap on the E.ON
App icon and you’ll be taken into the Android Market and be presented with the E.ON App download page.
What do I do if I have problems downloading your App?
A. If you receive a “Download unsuccessful” message when trying to download our App you can try the
Restart your phone and then try downloading the app again.
Make sure that you’re connected to your network – if you’re not you’ll need to contact your mobile service
Wait up to 10 minutes and try to download our App again.
If you get stuck at “Starting download” then:
Make sure that you’re connected to your network – if you’re not you’ll need to contact your mobile service
If your request to download our App doesn’t start at all then try the below:
Check your connectivity as stated above
Make sure that your phone has enough available space to install our App. If you need to, try uninstalling some
apps that you don’t use anymore or moving them to your SD card.
Request the download again using Android Market from your device.
What is an Intent?
A class (Intent) which describes what a caller desires to do. The caller will send this intent to Android’s intent
resolver, which finds the most suitable activity for the intent. E.g. opening a PDF document is an intent, and the
Adobe Reader apps will be the perfect activity for that intent (class).
What is a Sticky Intent?
A. Sticky Intent is also a type of Intent which allows a communication between a function and a service
sendStickyBroadcast() performs a sendBroadcast(Intent) known as sticky, i.e. the Intent you are sending stays
around after the broadcast is complete, so that others can quickly retrieve that data through the return value of
registerReceiver(BroadcastReceiver, IntentFilter). In all other ways, this behaves the same as
sendBroadcast(Intent). One example of a sticky broadcast sent via the operating system is
ACTION_BATTERY_CHANGED. When you call registerReceiver() for that action — even with a null
BroadcastReceiver — you get the Intent that was last broadcast for that action. Hence, you can use this to find
the state of the battery without necessarily registering for all future state changes in the battery.
How the nine-patch Image different from a regular bitmap? Alternatively, what is the difference
between nine-patch Image vs regular Bitmap Image?
A.It is one of a resizable bitmap resource which is being used as backgrounds or other images on the device.
The NinePatch class allows drawing a bitmap in nine sections. The four corners are unscaled; the middle of the
image is scaled in both axes, the four edges are scaled into one axis.
What is a resource?
A. user defined JSON, XML, bitmap, or other file, injected into the application build process, which can later be
loaded from code.
76.How will you record a phone call in Android? or How to handle an Audio Stream for a call in
Permission.PROCESS_OUTGOING_CALLS: Will Allow an application to monitor, modify, or abort outgoing
calls. So using that permission we can monitor the Phone calls.
77.Does Android support the Bluetooth serial port profile?
- Can an application be started on powerup?
How to Translate in Android?
The Google translator translates the data of one language into another language by using XMPP to transmit
data. You can type the message in English and select the language which is understood by the citizens of the
country in order to reach the message to the citizens.
Describe Briefly the Android Application Architecture
Android Application Architecture has the following components:
Services like Network Operation
Intent – To perform inter-communication between activities or servicesResource Externalization – such as
strings and graphics
Notification signaling users – light, sound, icon, notification, dialog etc.
Content Providers – They share data between applications
What is needed to make a multiple choice list with a custom view for each row?
A. Multiple choice list can be viewed by making the CheckBox android:id value be “@android:id /text1″. That
is the ID used by Android for the CheckedTextView in simple_list_item_multiple_choice.
What dialog boxes are supported in Android ?Android supports 4 dialog boxes:
AlertDialog: An alert dialog box supports 0 to 3 buttons and a list of selectable elements, including
check boxes and radio buttons. Among the other dialog boxes, the most suggested dialog box is the alert
ProgressDialog: This dialog box displays a progress wheel or a progress bar. It is an extension of
AlertDialog and supports adding buttons.
DatePickerDialog: This dialog box is used for selecting a date by the user.
TimePickerDialog: This dialog box is used for selecting time by the user.
Android is an operating system for mobile devices that includes middleware and key applications, and uses a
modified version of the Linux kernel. It was initially developed by Android Inc..It allows developers to write
managed code in the Java language, controlling the device via Google-developed Java libraries…..
The Android SDK includes a comprehensive set of development tools . These include a debugger, libraries, a
handset emulator (based on QEMU), documentation, sample code, and tutorials. Currently supported
development platforms include x86-architecture computers running Linux (any modern desktop Linux
distribution), Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later, Windows XP or Vista.
Android does not use established Java standards, i.e. Java SE and ME. This prevents compatibility among Java
applications written for those platforms and those for the Android platform. Android only reuses the Java
language syntax, but does not provide the full-class libraries and APIs bundled with Java SE or ME
84.Features of Android:
Application framework enabling reuse and replacement of components
Dalvik virtual machine optimized for mobile devices
Integrated browser based on the open source WebKit engine
Optimized graphics powered by a custom 2D graphics library; 3D graphics based on the OpenGL ES 1.0
specification (hardware acceleration optional)
SQLite for structured data storage
Media support for common audio, video, and still image formats (MPEG4, H.264, MP3, AAC, AMR, JPG,
GSM Telephony (hardware dependent)
Bluetooth, EDGE, 3G, and WiFi (hardware dependent)
Camera, GPS, compass, and accelerometer (hardware dependent)
Rich development environment including a device emulator, tools for debugging, memory and performance
profiling, and a plugin for the Eclipse IDE.
85.What is an Application ?
A. Collection of one or more activities, services, listeners, and intent receivers. An application has a single
manifest, and is compiled into a single .apk file on the device.
86.What is a Content Provider ?
A. A class built on ContentProvider that handles content query strings of a specific format to return data in a
specific format. See Reading and writing data to a content provider for information on using content providers.
- What is a Dalvik ?
A. The name of Android’s virtual machine. The Dalvik VM is an interpreter-only virtual machine that executes
files in the Dalvik Executable (.dex) format, a format that is optimized for efficient storage and memorymappable execution. The virtual machine is register-based, and it can run classes compiled by a Java language
compiler that have been transformed into its native format using the included “dx” tool. The VM runs on top of
Posix-compliant operating systems, which it relies on for underlying functionality (such as threading and low
level memory management). The Dalvik core class library is intended to provide a familiar development base
for those used to programming with Java Standard Edition, but it is geared specifically to the needs of a small
88.What is an DDMS ?
A. Dalvik Debug Monitor Service, a GUI debugging application shipped with the SDK. It provides screen
capture, log dump, and process examination capabilities.
89.What is Drawable?
A. A compiled visual resource that can be used as a background, title, or other part of the screen. It is compiled
into an android.graphics.drawable subclass.
90.What are fragments in Android Activity ?
A. Fragment represents a behavior or a portion of user interface in an Activity. And it is a self-contained
component with its own UI and lifecycle.
- What is Service?
A. Service doesn’t have a visual user interface , but rather runs in the background for an indefinite period of
time. For Example, a service might play background for music as the user attends to other matters.
What is BroadReceivers?
A. BroadcastReceiver is a component that does nothing but receive and react to broadcast announcements.
For example, the battery is low or that the user changed a language preference.
Android latest Version?
A. Android 4.0.3
94.How many ways data stored in Android?
- Types of Android applications?
Android Development Tools?
A. The Android SDK and Virtual Device Manager Used to create and manage Android Virtual Devices (AVD)
and SDK packages.
The Android Emulator An implementation of the Android virtual machine designed to run within a virtual
device on your development computer. Use the emulator to test and debug your Android applications.
Dalvik Debug Monitoring Service(DDMS) Use the DDMS perspective to monitor and control the Dalvik virtual
machines on which your debugging your application.
Android Asset Packaging Tool(AAPT) Constructs the destributable Android packages files (.apk).
Android Debug Bridge(ADB) A client-server application that provedes a link to a running emulator.It lets you
copy files, install compiled application packages(.apk),and run shell commands.
97.What is View in Android?
A. Views are the base class for all visual interface elements(commonly known as controls or widgets).
All UI controls,including the layout classes,are derived for View.
- What View Group in Android?
A. View Groups are extensions of the View class that can contain multiple child View.Extend the ViewGroup
class to create compound controls made up of interconnected child Views.
99.Implicent Intents and Late Runtime Binding?
A. An implicit Intent is mechanism that lets anonymous application components service action request.
That means you can ask the system to launch an Activity that can perform a given action without knowing
which application ,or Activity , will do so.
- What are Native Android Actions?
A. Native Android applications also use Intents to launch Activities and sub Activities
ACTION-ANSWER Opens an Activity that handles immediately initiates a call using the number supplied in
the Intent URI. Genereally it’s considered better from to use ACTION_DIAL if possible.
ACTION_DELETE Starts an Activity hat lets you delete the data specified at that Intent’s data URI.
ACTION_DIAL Brings up a dialer application with the number to dial pre-populated from the Intent URI. By
default this is handled by the native Android phone dialer.
ACTION_EDIT Requests an Activity that can edit that data at the specified Intent URI.
101.What is Pending Intent?
A.The PendingIntent class provides a mechanism for creating Intents that can be fired by another application at
a later time. A pending Intent is commonly used to package an Intent will be fired in response to a future
event,such as a widget View being clicked or a Notification being selected from the notification panel.
- What is Adapter?
A. Adapter are bridging classes that bind data to Views(such as List Views) used in the user interface.
The adapter is responsible for creating for creating the child Views used to represent each item within
the parent View, and providing access to the underlying data.