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Xamarin Studio for Android Programming: A C# Cookbook by Mathieu Nayrolles

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Chapter 8. Mastering Intents – A Walkthrough

In this chapter, you will learn the details behind Intent implementation and use with the following recipes:

  • Opening external applications
  • Monitoring time
  • Application monitoring
  • Solving equations
  • Sending an SMS

Introduction

In the previous chapter, that is, Chapter 7, Using Android Services, we used Intents to communicate with background services and didn't pay too much attention to them. Android Intent is a component of the Android OS responsible for triggering an operation. While Ruby developers tend to master this concept, it's a little bit trickier for the rest of us.

In the previous chapter, we used Intent to communicate with background services as follows:

StartService (new Intent (this, typeof(MyService))); ...

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