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

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Chapter 6. Networking and web services

This chapter covers

  • Networking basics
  • Determining network status
  • Using the network to retrieve and store data
  • Working with web services

With the ubiquity of high-speed networking, mobile devices are now expected to perform many of the same data-rich functions of traditional computers such as email, providing web access, and the like. Furthermore, because mobile phones offer such items as GPS, microphones, CDMA/GSM, built in cameras, accelerometers, and many others, user demand for applications that leverage all the features of the phone continues to increase.

You can build interesting applications with the open Intent- and Service-based approach you learned about in previous chapters. That approach combines ...

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