Chapter 16. Android web development


This chapter covers

  • Understanding Android web development
  • Introducing WebKit
  • Optimizing web applications for Android
  • Storing data in the browser
  • Building a custom JavaScript handler


Mobile software development has usually required working with a proprietary toolset to build applications. The term SDK is a familiar one—the majority of this book covers Android software development using the Android SDK. But the Android SDK isn’t the only way to build and deliver applications for the Android platform. With the emergence of accessible and powerful mobile browser capabilities, it’s now possible to develop applications for the Android platform with web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.[1]

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