As the idea of the Android evolved, Android has received wide attention and deployed on a very wide range of devices. Android UI had to move and make developers' life easier: AbsoluteLayout got deprecated. It is very logical because your app will be installed on very small devices and very large devices and all the devices in between.
Now, it is all WRAP_CONTENT, FILL_PARENT/MATCH_PARENT. Yet, a developer sometimes needs to know the dimensions of his view to do some extra tweaks to perfect his ui.
So, what is the best way to do so?
The past years have definitely pushed Microsoft away, got Facebook on the big screens, and furthermore emphasized Google's dominance. Now it is more of Is it Facebook or Google?