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Android Application Development by G. Blake Meike, Zigurd Mednieks, John Lombardo, Rick Rogers

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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 between 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 has been about connecting users to each other. Applications such as Facebook, YouTube, and many others enhance our ability to connect with people of similar interests, and allow the application’s 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 information, such as pictures and videos.

As mentioned in the previous chapter, we are going to study just such an application as an example of Android application development. The code is available for you to download from the book’s website (http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596521479), and is based on an actual entry in the first round of the Android Developer Challenge, sponsored by Google. The application is an example of a class ...

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