Chapter 10. Getting to Know Android

In previous chapters, you learned that Android is a technology stack for mobile devices. It includes a Linux kernel–based operating system, middleware, and many key applications. In this chapter, you’ll gain a better understanding of the Android platform and how the Open Handset Alliance guides its development.

Understanding Android

Android is not just a software development platform for mobile devices or a framework for developing applications. It differs from other mobile development technologies such as Java Micro Edition and the .NET Compact Framework. It’s built from the bottom up as ...

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