Putting it simply:
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
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:
TextView tv = new TextView(getContext()); ListAdapter adapter = new SimpleCursorAdapter(getApplicationContext(), ...);
Accessing standard common resources: Services like LAYOUT_INFLATER_SERVICE, SharedPreferences:
context.getSystemService(LAYOUT_INFLATER_SERVICE) getApplicationContext().getSharedPreferences(*name*, *mode*);
Accessing components implicitly: Regarding content providers, broadcasts, intent
Consider Person-X is the CEO of a start-up software company.
There is a lead architect present in the company, this lead architect does all the work in the company which involves such as database, UI etc.
Now the CEO Hires a new Developer.
It is the Architect who tells the responsibility of the newly hired person based on the skills of the new person that whether he will work on Database or UI etc.
It's like access of android activity to the app's resource.
It's similar to when you visit a hotel, you want breakfast, lunch & dinner in the suitable timings, right?
There are many other things you like during the time of stay. How do you get these things?
You ask the room-service person to bring these things for you.
Here the room-service person is the context considering you are the single activity and the hotel to be your app, finally the breakfast, lunch & dinner have to be the resources.
Things that involve context are:
Another way to describe this: Consider context as remote of a TV & channel's in the television are resources, services, using intents etc - - - Here remote acts as an access to get access to all the different resources into foreground.
So, Remote has access to channels such as resources, services, using intents etc ....
Likewise ... Whoever has access to remote naturally has access to all the things such as resources, services, using intents etc
Different methods by which you can get context
this(when in the activity class)
TextView TV=new TextView(this);
this -> refers to the context of the current activity.