What is context on Android?

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What is context on Android?

As the name suggests, it’s the context of current state of the application/object. It lets newly-created objects understand what has been going on. Typically you call it to get information regarding another part of your program (activity and package/application).

You can get the context by invoking getApplicationContext()getContext()getBaseContext() or this (when in a class that extends from Context, such as the Application, Activity, Service and IntentService classes).

Typical uses of context:

Creating new objects: Creating new views, adapters, listeners:

Accessing standard common resources: Services like LAYOUT_INFLATER_SERVICE, SharedPreferences:


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