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Android in Action, Second Edition by Chris King, Robi Sen, W. Frank Ableson

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Chapter 1. Introducing Android

This chapter covers

  • Exploring Android, the open source mobile platform
  • Android Intents, the way things work
  • Sample application

You’ve heard about Android. You’ve read about Android. Now it’s time to begin unlocking Android.

Android is a software platform that’s revolutionizing the global cell phone market. It’s the first open source mobile application platform that’s moved the needle in major mobile markets around the globe. When you’re examining Android, there are a number of technical and market-related dimensions to consider. This first section introduces the platform and provides context to help you better understand Android and where it fits in the global cell phone scene.

Android is primarily a Google effort, ...

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