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Learn HTML5 and JavaScript for Android by Gavin Williams

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Chapter    1

Getting Started

Prior to the launch of the first Android handset in September 2008 and the earlier release of the first iPhone handset in June 2007, there had been no immediate drive for standardization within mobile web browsers. Playing video required either Flash mobile or a low-quality 3GP version of the video. Developers avoided JavaScript, as JavaScript would have been disabled by default on the majority of mobile web browsers and others did not support JavaScript at all. One such developer, logged in at stackoverflow.com, commented that working with JavaScript was “a nightmare . . . like working with web browsers in the 90s, but with the manager expectations of tomorrow.”1

Mobile web sites were simply Wireless Markup Language ...

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