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Learning Android Intents by Wajahat Karim, Muhammad Usama bin Aftab

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Chapter 3. Intent and Its Categorization

Intents are asynchronous messages used to activate one Android component using another. These intents are used to trigger the Android OS when some event has occurred, and some action should be taken. The Android OS, on the basis of the data received, determines the receiver for the intent and triggers it.

Generally, there are two types of intents: explicit and implicit. As their names suggest, explicit intents trigger specific components of the Android OS specified explicitly by the developers. However, implicit intents trigger the general components of any category of the Android OS. It's left to the Android OS to decide which component needs to be activated. If there is more than one general component, ...

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