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Introduction to Android™ Application Development: Android Essentials, Fourth Edition by Joseph Annuzzi Jr., Lauren Darcey, Shane Conder

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1. Introducing Android

The mobile development community has completely embraced Android as a first class operating system. Developing for Android is now a major focus for companies that would like to target and retain a mobile user base for their businesses. Mobile developers are using Android to define what a mobile application experience should be. Finally, handset manufacturers and mobile operators have invested heavily in Android to create unique experiences for their customers.

Android has emerged as a game-changing platform for the mobile development community. An innovative and open platform, Android is well positioned to address the growing needs of the mobile marketplace as it continues to expand beyond early adopters and purchasers ...

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