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Beginning Android Tablet Games Programming by Jeremy Kerfs

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What Is Android?

Android is very special, and you’ll gain much more appreciation for it as you get into the programming. The movement of many handset makers to create tablets running the Android OS created a huge market for the games you’ll make. This section gives you a rundown of Android’s features and history.

The Beginnings of Android

In 2003, Android began as a small Silicon Valley startup company with the aim to create a more interactive and helpful interface for smartphones. Google quickly snatched up the company in 2005 as part of its push to enter the mobile phone market. After Google acquired it, the first Android OS was soon released during 2007. In subsequent years, Android went through many revisions (more than seven major changes) ...

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