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An introduction to Android for mobile application development

Android has emerged as a new mobile development platform, building on past successes while avoiding past failures of other platforms. Designed to empower mobile software developers to write innovative mobile applications, Android is open source platform, with no up-front fees, and developers enjoy many benefits over other competing platforms. Touted as an innovative and open platform, Android is being positioned to address the growing needs of the mobile marketplace. To understand what makes Android so compelling, we must examine how mobile software development has evolved over time.

Introducing Android, a chapter download from the book, Android Wireless Application Development by Shane Conder and Lauren Darcey, provides an introduction to Android, explains how and why it was developed, and where the platform fits in the established mobile marketplace. This chapter includes in-depth information on:

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  • Mobile software development
  • The Open Handset Alliance
  • Designing Android handsets
  • Developing Android applications
  • Androids underlying architecture

Download the chapter: Introducing Android, Chapter 1 (PDF).


About the book: Android Wireless Application Development combines all the reliable information, sample code, and best practices you need to build, distribute, and market successful Android mobile applications. Drawing on their extensive experience with mobile and wireless development, Shane Conder and Lauren Darcey cover everything you need to execute a successful Android project: from concept and design through coding, testing, packaging, and delivery.


Printed with permission from Addison-Wesley Professional. Copyright 2009. "Android Wireless Application Development ," by Shane Conder and Lauren Darcey. For more information about this title and other similar books, please visit Addison-Wesley Professional.


This was first published in September 2009

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