Four Building Blocks of Android

Lets talk about the four fundamental building blocks from which all the android applications are built. These building blocks are implemented as Java classes.

Android Component

Here is a diagrammatic representation of android application fundamental which explores android components and other fundamentals by Romain Chaippinelli.

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Dalvik Virtual Machine

We might think that as android is written in java it should also run on Java Virtual Machine using Java Compiler to compile its code. However, this is different in android ie. android uses Dalvik Virtual Machine to execute its code.


Dalvik Virtual Machine was build to make applications run in environment with resource constrains. By resource constrains what do we mean here is, comparatively mobile devices run under particularly low memory while desktop devices or laptops are high end devices with lesser constrains like this. Hence, Dalvik VM was specially designed to run on resource-constrained environment.

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Introduction to Android

Android is an operating system which was build for mobile devices and tablets. It is a software stack comprising not only operating system but also middleware and key applications.

The Platform

Android provides low level system software to high level end user application software. Android includes Linux kernal based OS, rich UI, multiple build in software, Telephony services, multimedia frameworks etcs. One of the best part about android platform is regardless of how strong a build in application might be you can always build similar powerful applications with access to all the resources on the device. Since android is an open source platform you can also get application level codes and start experimenting with it.

The Layer of Android Architecture

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Install Android Virtual Device (GenyMotion)

Let’s dive into installing genymotion as a virtual device for you android applications.

Download and install virtual box (Optional)

Download VirtualBox + follow instructions to install.

SignUp for GenyMotion and download it’s installer

Sign up for an account  here.

Download the appropriate installer with (if you have skipped first step) or without virtualbox.

Run the GenyMotion Application

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Create Notification in Android


A notification is a message you can display to the user outside of your application’s normal UI. When you tell the system to issue a notification, it first appears as an icon in the notification area. To see the details of the notification, the user opens the notification drawer. Both the notification area and the notification drawer are system-controlled areas that the user can view at any time.

Building Notification



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