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Beginning Android Programming with Android Studio, Fourth Edition by Jerome F. DiMarzio

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Chapter 1Getting Started with Android Programming

Welcome to the world of Android! This chapter explains what Android is and what makes it so compelling to both developers and device manufacturers. It also shows you how to obtain and set up all the necessary tools so that you can test your application on an Android emulator in Android Studio 2 and how to get started with developing your first Android application. By the end of this chapter, you will be equipped with the basic knowledge you need to explore more sophisticated techniques and tricks for developing your next killer Android application.

WHAT IS ANDROID?

Android is a mobile operating system that is based on a modified version of Linux. It was originally developed by a startup of the same name, Android, Inc. In 2005, as part of its strategy to enter the mobile space, Google purchased Android, Inc. and took over its development work (as well as its development team).

Google wanted the Android OS to be open and free, so most of the Android code was released under the open source Apache License. That means anyone who wants to use Android can do ...

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