The Acumen software design blog provides you with helpful articles about Android smartphones software.

Several web sites provide a good overview.

Official Android Phone Overview

Android Wikipedia

CordovaAndroid Cordova

Visual studio will build your project for Ripple, but not for the Android Emulator nor for and Android Device.

The error is dependent upon your debug target platform.  If you are using the Emulator, it is trying to build for your Emulator version, if you are using a device, it is building for that device.

In my case, I had to use the Android SDK Manager to install the Android 5.0.1 (API 21) – SDK Platform.

I recommend installing the SDK Platform for all Android target platforms.  You don’t need to install any other components from each version.

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The new Microsoft API WinRT doesn’t allow you to list SSIDs regardless of user permissions.  While it can be done with Win32, it cannot be done with WinRT.  Remember that an App can’t enter the Store unless it is exclusively WinRT.  This means that there isn’t any advanced WiFi analysis Apps in the Windows 8 store.

On Android you can get this:

SSID: XYZ, BSSID: 00:1d:b3:4d:f0:db, capabilities: [WPA-PSK-TKIP+CCMP][WPA2-PSK-TKIP+CCMP-preauth], level: -90, frequency: 2452

For the “official” response: