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Programming Android by Zigurd Mednieks, G. Blake Meike, Masumi Nakamura, Laird Dornin

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Using the Database API: MJAndroid

In this section, we present a more advanced example application, called MJAndroid, that demonstrates the use of a small database for a hypothetical job-searching application. In this chapter, we explore the data persistence aspects of this program. In Chapter 15, we take a look at how the application integrates mapping features to show job query results on a map. First we’ll explain the application in a bit more detail.

Android and Social Networking

One of the great promises of Android mobile phones is their ability to run applications that enhance opportunities for social networking among users. This promise echoes the reality of the Internet—the first generation of Internet applications were about user access to information, and many of those applications have been very popular. The second wave of Internet applications were about connecting users to one another. Applications such as Facebook, YouTube, and many others enhance our ability to connect with people of similar interests, and allow the application users to provide some or all of the content that makes the application what it is. Android has the potential to take that concept and add a new dimension—mobility. It’s expected that a whole new generation of applications will be built for users of mobile devices: social networking applications that are easy to use while walking down the street, applications that are aware of the user’s location, applications that allow the easy sharing of content-rich ...

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