advanced level android interview questions

What dialog boxes are supported in android?Android supports 4 dialog boxes:

  1. 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 dialog box.
  2. ProgressDialog: This dialog box displays a progress wheel or a progress bar. It is an extension of AlertDialog and supports adding buttons.
  3. DatePickerDialog: This dialog box is used for selecting a date by the user.
  4. TimePickerDialog: This dialog box is used for selecting time by the user.

Explain AndroidManifest.xmlfile in detail.

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?>
<manifest xmlns:android=”” package=”com.example.careerride” android:versionCode=”1″ android:versionName=”1.0″>

<uses-sdk android:minSdkVersion=”8″ android:targetSdkVersion=”18″ />

<application android:allowBackup=”true” android:icon=”@drawable/ic_launcher” android:label=”@string/app_name” android:theme=”@style/AppTheme”>

<activity android:name=”com.example.careerride.MainActivity” android:label=”@string/app_name”>
<action android:name=”android.intent.action.MAIN” />
<category android:name=”android.intent.category.LAUNCHER” />


The AndroidManifest.xml file contains the following information about the application:

  1. It contains the package name of the application.
  2. The version code of the application is 1.This value is used to identify the version number of your application.
  3. The version name of the application is 1.0
  4. The android:minSdkVersion attribute of the element defines the minimum version of the OS on which the application will run.
  5. ic_launcher.png is the default image that located in the drawable folders.
  6. app_name defines the name of applicationand available in the strings.xml file.
  7. It also contains the information about the activity. Its name is same as the application name.

Describe android Activities in brief.

Activity provides the user interface. When you create an android application in eclipse through the wizard it asks you the name of the activity. Default name is MainActivity. You can provide any name according to the need. Basically it is a class (MainActivity) that is inherited automatically from Activity class. Mostly, applications have oneor more activities; and the main purpose of an activity is to interact with the user. Activity goes through a numberof stages, known as an activity’s life cycle.


packagecom.example.careerride; //Application name careerride

importandroid.os.Bundle; // Default packages; // Default packages

public class MainActivity extends Activity {
protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
publicbooleanonCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) {
// Inflate the menu; this adds items to the action bar if it is present.
getMenuInflater().inflate(, menu);
return true;

When you run the application onCreate method is called automatically.

What is a Sticky Intent?
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 will you record a phone call in Android? or How to handle an Audio Stream for a call in Android?
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.

How the nine-patch Image different from a regular bitmap? Alternatively, what is the difference between nine-patch Image vs regular Bitmap Image?
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 the APK format?
The APK file is compressed AndroidManifest.xml file with extension .apk. It also includes the application code (.dex files), resource files, and other files which are compressed into a single .apk file.

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.


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.

What is needed to make a multiple choice list with a custom view for each row?
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 is orientation

orientation which can be set using aetorientation(),dictates if the linerar alyout is represented as a row or as a colum. vaues are set as either horizontal or vertical

What do you think are some disadvantages of Android?

Android is a big platform and that needs no introduction and i do not think there are any kind of disadvantages involved in it. Android is an open-source platform, and the fact that different Android operating systems have been released on different mobile devices, there’s no clear cut policy to how applications can adapt with various OS versions and upgrades. One app that runs on this particular version of Android OS may or may not run on another version. Another disadvantage is that since mobile devices such as phones and tabs come in different sizes and forms, it poses a challenge for developers to create apps that can adjust correctly to the right screen size and other  varying features and specs.