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Android Application Development For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Donn Felker, Michael Burton

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Introduction

Welcome to Android Application Development For Dummies!

When Android was acquired by Google in 2005 (yes, Android was a start-up company at one point), a lot of people didn’t have much interest in it because Google hadn’t yet entered the mobile space. Fast-forward to a few years later, when Google announced its first Android phone: the G1. It was the start of something huge.

The G1 was the first publicly released Android device. It didn’t match the rich feature set of the iPhone at the time, but a lot of people believed in the platform. As soon as Donut (Android 1.6) was released, it was evident that Google was putting some effort into the product. Immediately after version 1.6 was released, talk of 2.0 was already on the horizon.

Today, we’re on version 4.1 of the Android platform, with no signs that things are slowing down. Without doubt, this is an exciting time in Android development.

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