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Hello, Android, 4th Edition by Ed Burnette

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What Makes Android Special?

Many other mobile platforms are available on the market today, including iOS, Windows, Tizen, Firefox OS, and more. So why do people choose Android over the others? What’s the difference?

Although some of its features have appeared before, Android is the first environment that combines the following:

  • An open, free development platform based on Linux and open source: Handset makers like it because they can use and customize the platform without paying a royalty. Developers like it because they know that the platform “has legs” and is not locked into any one vendor that may go under or be acquired.

  • A component-based architecture inspired by Internet mashups: Parts of one application can be used in ways not originally ...

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