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Java™ How To Program (Early Objects), Tenth Edition by Harvey Deitel, Paul Deitel

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1.6.3 Android

Android—the fastest-growing mobile and smartphone operating system—is based on the Linux kernel and uses Java. Experienced Java programmers can quickly dive into Android development. One benefit of developing Android apps is the openness of the platform. The operating system is open source and free.

The Android operating system was developed by Android, Inc., which was acquired by Google in 2005. In 2007, the Open Handset Alliance™—which now has 87 company members worldwide (http://www.openhandsetalliance.com/oha_members.html)—was formed to develop, maintain and evolve Android, driving innovation in mobile technology and improving the user experience while reducing costs. As of April 2013, more than 1.5 million Android devices (smartphones, ...

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