A Brief History of Mobile Software Development 7 Way Back When 7 "The Brick" 9
Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) 11 Proprietary Mobile Platforms 13 The Open Handset Alliance 15 Google Goes Wireless 15 Forming the Open Handset Alliance 15 Manufacturers: Designing the Android Handsets 16 Mobile Operators: Delivering the Android Experience 17
Content Providers: Developing Android Applications 17
Taking Advantage of All Android Has to Offer 18 Android Platform Differences 18
Android: A Next-Generation Platform 18
Free and Open Source 20
Familiar and Inexpensive Development Tools 20
Reasonable Learning Curve for Developers 20
Enabling Development of Powerful Applications 21
Rich, Secure Application Integration 21
No Costly Obstacles to Publication 21
A "Free Market" for Applications 22 A New and Growing Platform 22 The Android Platform 23
Android's Underlying Architecture 23 Security and Permissions 25 Developing Android Applications 26 Summary 28
References and More Information 28
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