About the Reviewer

Technical

Massimo Nardone was born under the Vesuvius, and he holds a master of science degree in computing science from the University of Salerno, Italy. He currently works as a Senior IT Security and Infrastructure Architect and Finnish Invention Development Team Leader for IBM Finland, and is an Open Group Master Certified IT Architect. He works as the IT lead architect and handles security responsibilities including IT infrastructure, security auditing and assessment, PKI/WPKI, secure tunneling, LDAP security, and SmartCard security.

With more than 16 years of work experience in mobile, security, and web technology for both national and international projects, Massimo has worked as a project manager, software engineer, research engineer, chief security architect, and software specialist. He has been a visiting lecturer and supervisor for the Security of Communication Protocols course at the Networking Laboratory of the Helsinki University of Technology (TKK). He is very familiar with security communication protocol testing tools and methodologies, he has developed Internet and mobile applications for many different technologies, and he has used many programming languages.

He also works as a security application auditing expert, checking on new application vulnerabilities, utilizing security standards such as ISO 17799 and ISO 27001 (formal BS 7799:2).

Massimo has worked as a technical reviewer for many different IT book publishers in areas such as IT security, web technology, and databases. He has researched, designed, and implemented security methodologies in areas including Standard BS7799, PKI and WPKI, Java (JAAs, JSSE, JCE, etc.), BEA WebLogic, J2EE, LDAP, SSO, Apache, SQL Server, XML, and SmartCard.

He currently holds four international patents, in the PKI, SIP, SAML, and proxy fields.

Acknowledgments

This book wouldn't have been possible without my supportive husband, Harold. Thank you for minding the kids and rebuilding the basement while I holed myself up in the bedroom and wrote all the time. It's good to see you again.

Thank you to Steve Anglin, Mary Tobin, Douglas Pundick, and everyone at Apress for guiding me through this whole book-writing process. You all rock.

I'd also like to thank Jonathan Bacon, Barry Bailey, Paul Decelles, and Melissa Wisler for letting me play with their personal phones. Melissa gets an extra thanks for shooting my author photo.

Customer service at the Lawrence Kansas Sprint, T-Mobile, Best Buy, and Verizon stores all deserve praise for answering questions and letting me play with the phones—even when they knew I wasn't there to buy. Thanks also go to all the vendors and representatives at CES who answered my questions and allowed me to take photos of their products.

Other people who helped along the way include Chris McKitterick and Sarah Scalet for helping me decide if this was a feasible project, and Sean Carlson at Google for inadvertently putting the book-writing bug in my brain.

Thank you also goes to HTC for permission to use their photos.

Portions of this book are reproductions or modifications of work created and shared by Google and used according to terms described in the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License.

Preface

This book was written mainly for the mobile office worker who wants to check work e-mail and maybe tether Wi-Fi with a laptop while still getting the most out of the fun features in Android. You don't need to be a programmer or computer whiz to use this book, and there should hopefully be enough goodies here for both the new and veteran Android owner.

Android is still innovating very rapidly, both from operating system (OS) upgrades and phone vendor modifications, and new Android-based phones are being released all the time. This book was written mainly using a Google Nexus One running Android 2.1 and 2.2. The Nexus One model was both powerful and carrier neutral, so it seemed an ideal choice.

I've tried to make note of any variations between phones, OS versions, and carriers, but there are going to be times where what I describe is not quite the same as what you see on your screen. In most cases, these should be minor differences.

It's been very exciting to see Android grow as I wrote this, and it will be even more exciting to see how it does in the future. I hope this book serves as a useful reference to getting the most out of your Android phone.

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