Understanding Contacts

We indicated early in this chapter that your personal profile on the device is treated differently than any other regular contact. However, the personal profile contact and the rest of contacts share the same underlying architecture. When you understand contacts, it becomes easier to understand personal profiles as well. With that insight, we will cover the details of contacts first and follow up this discussion with the details of personal profiles in a subsequent section.

As declared, contacts are owned by an account. Each account has its own set of contacts. These are called raw contacts. Each raw contact then has its own set of data elements (for example, e-mail address, phone number, name, and postal address). Furthermore, ...

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