The mobile development community is at a tipping point. Mobile users demand more choice, more opportunities to customize their phones, and more functionality. Mobile operators want to provide value-added content to their subscribers in a manageable and lucrative way. Mobile developers want the freedom to develop the powerful mobile applications users demand with minimal roadblocks to success. Finally, handset manufacturers want a stable, secure, and affordable platform to power their devices. Up until now a single mobile platform has adequately addressed the needs of all the parties.
Enter Android, which is a potential game-changer for the mobile development community. An innovative and open platform,Android is well positioned to address the growing needs of the mobile marketplace.
This chapter explains what Android is, how and why it was developed, and where the platform fits in to the established mobile marketplace.
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