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Unlocking Android: A Developer’s Guide by Robi Sen, Charlie Collins, Frank Ableson

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Chapter 6. Networking and web services

Every mobile provider supports voice and data networks of one or more types. The interesting part with an Android-enabled device is really the data network, along with the power to link the data available on the network to interesting applications. Those applications can then be built with the open Intent- and Service-based approach you learned about in previous chapters. That approach combines built-in (or custom) intents, such as fully capable web browsing, with access to hardware components, such as a 3D graphics subsystem, a GPS receiver, a camera, removable storage, and ...

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