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This article explains the underlying architecture behind a Xamarin.Android application. It explains how Xamarin.Android applications run inside a Mono execution environment alongside with the Android runtime Virtual Machine and explains such key concepts as Android Callable Wrappers and Managed Callable Wrappers.


Xamarin.Android ships with several assemblies. Just as Silverlight is an extended subset of the desktop .NET assemblies, Xamarin.Android is also an extended subset of several Silverlight and desktop .NET assemblies.

Build Process

This topic explains the steps and processes involved with the source code, resources, and assets of a Xamarin.Android application and producing an APK that can be installed on Android devices.

Xamarin Workbook

If it's not already installed, install the Xamarin Workbooks app first. The workbook file should download automatically, but if it doesn't, just click to start the workbook download manually.