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Beginning Android 4 by Grant Allen

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Part VII

Alternative Application Environments

Chapter 44

The Role of Alternative Environments

You might think that Android is all about Java. The official Android Software Development Kit (SDK) is for Java development, the build tools are for Java development, the Android discussion groups and blog posts are all about Java, and, yes, most Android books are for Java development. Heck, most of this book is about Java.

However (and with apologies to William Goldman), it just so happens that Android is only mostly Java. There's a big difference between mostly Java and all Java. Mostly Java is slightly not Java.

So, while Android's “sweet spot” will remain Java-based applications for the near term, you can still create applications using other ...

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