CSCI 5448, Fall 2012
Introduction to Android system
◦ What is android?
◦ History
◦ Android Market
Why Android
Design philosophy
System Architecture
Android applications
Frame Works
Using Existing Application in our own Application
Data Storage System in Android
Best Application implementation mechanisms
What is Android?
- Android is a software stack for mobile
devices that includes an operating
system, middleware and key applications.
- Based on Linux Kernel
- Includes java compatible libraries
- Multilanguage support
- Developed by Open Handset Alliance
led by Google
What is android?
It is basically an operating system for
smartphones and tablets which is
developed and supported by Google
The android SDK provides the tools and
APIs necessary to begin developing
applications on the android platform using
the Java Programming language
Light weight
open source.
Highest number of applications in the
world’s market.
Initially developed by Android Inc.
 Google Financially backed and later purchased in 2005
 Android was out in 2007 along with the founding of the
Open Handset Alliance by Google.
 First phone with android is HTC
 Google releases the Android code as open source, under
the Apache License.
 The first Android-powered phone was sold in October
 by the end of 2010 Android had become the world's
leading smartphone platform
 Application of the operating system has also moved
beyond mobile phones and tablets, currently televisions,
netbooks and cameras are some of the types of devices
Android is featured in.
Android Market
Available in goggle's play store
largest part in the app market
Largest number of application downloads per
day compare to other operating system
Google monitors every application to provide
security for users
more than 600,000 apps and games available on
Google Play
Many free useful applications.
had a worldwide smartphone market share of
75% during the third quarter of 2012.
Market Share in 2012
Android design Philosophy
All the applications should be:
◦ Fast
 It should be fast enough to meet the user
◦ Responsive
 Applications must respond to user actions within no
◦ Seamless
 Usability is key, persist data, suspend services
◦ Security
 Applications declare permissions in manifest(will be
discussed in later slides)
Why it is so interesting?
Open source, any one can work on it, any
one can develop his own applications using
Compatible to the changes in the system
◦ Dalvik will provide base for the android, so
that it can run on any device which is having
Dalvik operating system
Easy to implement, flexible to
◦ Many online resources available to develop
applications and use it. Supports for changes
because it is purly Object Oriented design
Why android
Light weight
◦ Works on smart phones and tablets. Uses SQLite
database system.
Fast and reliable
◦ Works faster and better on smart phones and tablets.
Every time new features are provided by the
◦ Google is working on android to provide better and
better services for android users
User friendly APIs
◦ Easy to use applications
Powerful development framework
◦ Android gives us everything we need to build best in
class app experiences.
Android Architecture
Android Architecture
The software stack and android is composed
of four layers
 Application Layer
◦ Includes all native and third applications like
emails, SMS, calendar, maps, contacts etc.
Application Framework
◦ All background services which includes starting
application,, status bar updating, location
services, sounds, notifications etc.
◦ Provides access to non code resources such as
localized strings, layout files etc.
Android Architecture
Libraries and runtime
Libraries includes
◦ System C libraries, media libraries, Surface Manager,
SGL(2D libraries), 3D libraries, SQLite, FreeType etc.
Rum time includes
◦ Core libraries of JAVA that provides most of the
◦ runs on Dalvik Virtual Machine
Linux Kernel
◦ It is an abstract layer between hardware and upper
layers(application, framework, libraries layers)
◦ Manages core system services like security, memory
management, process management.
Android SDK
Android SDK is a software development
kit which is used by the developers to
create Android Applications.
 Android SDK includes development tools,
emulator, sample projects and libraries to
assist the developer in creating an
 Applications are coded in Java and run on
a virtual machine called Dalvik.
Dalvik Virtual machine is optimized for
mobile devices and tablets
 Integrated fast browser based on open
source web kit engine
 Supports 2D and 3D graphics,
smartphone layouts
 High connectivity
 Rich Media support
Android Applications
Android applications are written in the
Java programming language.
 A unique aspect of the Android system
design is that any application can start
another application’s component.
 Android applications run in a
SANDBOX protecting it from the rest
of the system resources.
Components of Android
Four Building blocks of Android application
 Activity
◦ An activity represents a single screen with a user interface.
◦ An activity is implemented as a subclass of Activity
◦ It is a component that runs in the background to perform longrunning operations or to perform work for remote processes.
Content Provider
◦ It manages the application data. We can store data in file system,
SQLite database or on web.
Broadcast Providers
◦ It is a component that responds to system -wide broadcast
announcements. Examples are when screen turned off, battery low
Framework API
The Android platform provides a framework
API that applications can use to interact with
the underlying Android system. The framework
API consists of:
◦ A core set of packages and classes
◦ A set of XML elements and attributes for declaring
a manifest file
◦ A set of XML elements and attributes for declaring
and accessing resources
◦ A set of Intents
◦ A set of permissions that applications can request,
as well as permission enforcements included in the
OOAD aspects of Android
Everything in android application is an object
We use java and xml to create application
In XML we declare components as data objects
These two are purely object oriented language
In XML we store components in terms of
Using java we perform the objects operations.
Special android java frame works for code
reusability and it also includes MVC design
pattern which is a good object oriented design.
Manifest File
Android System will know about the system components by
looking into AndroidManifest.xml file.
 Other operations by Manifest file:
◦ Identify user permissions the application requires
◦ Declare hardware and software features used or required by the
◦ API libraries the application needs to be linked against etc.
Some legal elements in AndroidManifest.xml are
An Activity is an application component that
provides a screen with which users can interact
in order to do something.
Application contains multiple activities(each
activity for each user interface)
Need to be declared in the manifest file
It is treated as an higher level object where it
will have a life cycle.
Different operations includes onCreate(),
onStart(), onResume(), onPause(),onResume(),
onStop(), onDestroy().
Activity Life Cycle
Activity components
Three components
 Fragment
◦ Fragments decompose application functionality and UI
into reusable modules
◦ Provides asynchronous loading of data
◦ When content changes, delivers new data
◦ Provides automatic reconnection so that avoids requerying the same data.
Tasks and Back Stack
◦ task is a collection of activities that users interact with
when performing a certain job.
◦ The activities are arranged in a stack (the "back stack"),
in the order in which each activity is opened
A permission is a restriction limiting access to a
part of the code or to data on the device.
By default no application have permission on
other application
No dynamic permission granting because of
design complexity
We can define permissions for an applications
explicitly in manifest file
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Two Example concepts
1. Access the camera.
◦ We are going to look into how to create
simple application which uses media or
camera of the system
2. Data Storage System
◦ We are going to look into different type of
storage systems in android.
Standalone Application Example:
accessing camera
In this example, We are going to learn how to
create simple basic android application which
access the existing camera application using eclipse.
◦ Android 4.1 SDK installed on system
◦ Eclipse with android software
◦ Java JDK7 compatible with Eclipse
◦ At least one AVD manager
◦ An Emulator
To know how to install all these, please refer the below
Eclipse overview for android
Under the project name mainly we will find
Below folder which we are going to use frequently.
Src – this folder consists of all java files. These are the main
source files
Res – contains folders for app resources. Some important folders
drawable-hdpi –
Directory for drawable objects (such as bitmaps) that are
designed for high-density (hdpi) screens
Layout --Directory for files that define your app's user interface.
Values –
Directory for other various XML files that contain a
collection of resources, such as string and color definitions.
AndroidManifest.xml –
We discussed these in previous slides
Sample Eclipse files structure
is the
Key Classes used for Camera
Camera – This class controls device
cameras. It will be used for taking
pictures for our application
 SurfaceView – provides live camera
 Intent – This class can be used to
capture without accessing the camera
Manifest declaration
As discussed in the previous slides, manifest file
need to be declared before starting application
 We need to specify the camera permissions for
accessing camera , storage permissions for storing
pictures and some camera features in the
AndroidManifest,xml(Manifest file) which is located
in project_name/res .
android:name="android.permission.CAMERA" />
android:name="" />
Using Intent Class to Access
A good example of reuse or delegation.
 How?
◦ We are developing our own application and
handling basic operations to the existing
Intent class will allow us to use the
existing camera application in android.
 Easier to way of building our
applications using existing applications
In the ‘src\ we need to create an camera
Intent class object
Intent in = new Intent(MediaStore.ACTION_IMAGE_CAPTURE);
 start the Camera intent
Here, when the above method is executed, the user can see
the our own app interface.
Receive the Intent result
◦ private static final int CAPTURE_IMAGE_ACTIVITY_REQUEST_CODE = 100;
◦ Whenever the user captures the picture , after receiving the above code ,
we will get the media data by getdata(), so that we can save the file.
(go for coding)
We can create our own user interface and options by
using exist camera application
Data Storage: SQLite DataBase
In android we have several data storage
options. They are:
◦ SQLite
 Store structured data in database
◦ Shared Preferences
 Store data in key value pairs
◦ Internal Storage
 Store on device
◦ External Storage
 Store data on shared external device
◦ Network Connections
 Store data on network servers
SQLite Database
What is SQLite?
◦ SQLite is a software library that implements
a self-contained , server less, zero-configuration
, transactional SQL database engine
Android provides full support to SQLite
database with class SQLiteOpenHelper
and SQLiteDatabase classes.
We can create a new SQLite database by
inheriting the SQLiteOpenHelper class.
SQLite Database Operations
◦ Which is useful for writing data into
DataBase. It will return the SQLiteDatabase
object, so that we can perform database
◦ Which is useful for reading data into
DataBase. It will return the SQLiteDatabase
object, so that we can perform database
Best Application implementation
Good use of design patterns
 Avoiding unnecessary object creation
 Prefer Static over Virtual
 Avoid internal getter or setters
 Prefer Static Final for Constant vlaues
 Avoid using unnecessary libraries
 Use floating points carefully
Android Versions
Google releasing new android with new features. The latest
version released as of November 2012 is Android 4.1.2.
 Previous versions are:
1.1 Android beta
1.2 Android 1.0
1.3 Android 1.1
1.4 Android 1.5 Cupcake
1.5 Android 1.6 Donut
1.6 Android 2.0/2.1 Eclair
1.7 Android 2.2.x Froyo
1.8 Android 2.3.x Gingerbread
1.9 Android 3.x Honeycomb
1.10 Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich
1.11 Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean
Android is a powerful, open source operating system for smart
phones and tablets.
Within less than 5 years of its first release, it has taken the larger
part of the mobile application project.
It is easy, light weight, fast and reliable.
All android applications are written in java, a fully object
oriented design language.
A new virtual machine is designed to support rich media, 2D,3D
graphics, high connectivity and much more.
We can use existing applications to create our own applications
in easy and structured way which is shown in camera access
Android mostly uses SQLite which is self contained, server less
and zero configured so that all the operations are light weight.
In the last, we also discussed standards of android application
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