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Windows Phone 8 in Action by Tim Binkley-Jones, Adam Benoit, Massimo Perga, Michael Sync

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Chapter 5. Launching tasks and choosers

This chapter covers

  • Using the phone APIs
  • Displaying apps with launchers
  • Retrieving data with choosers
  • Reading calendar appointments

A modern mobile phone does more than make phone calls. It allows you to send SMS text messages and emails. Phone numbers and email addresses are stored in the phone’s contact list. Appointments and meetings are viewed using the Calendar application. Music and videos are played from the phone’s media library. And don’t forget about the ever-present camera. Windows Phone developers access these mobile phone features via the Tasks API.

The Windows Phone security model doesn’t allow third-party applications to directly access the native applications and data stores provided ...

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