12. Using Android Web APIs

Mobile developers often rely on web technologies to enrich their applications, provide fresh content, and integrate with popular web services such as social networks. Android applications can harness the power of the Internet in a variety of ways, including adding browser functionality to applications, using the special WebView control. Android 4.4 KitKat (API Level 19) introduces a brand-new WebView based on Chromium which supports many HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript standards and technologies. Older versions of Android still use the original WebKit-based WebView. Android devices can also run Adobe AIR applications. In this chapter, we discuss the web technologies that are available on the Android platform.

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