Background Services and Intent Receivers

These applications run silently in the background with very little user input. They often listen for messages or actions caused by the hardware, system, or other applications, rather than rely on user interaction.

It's possible to create completely invisible services, but in practice it's better form to provide at least some sort of user control. At a minimum you should let users confirm that the service is running and let them configure, pause, or terminate it as needed.

Services and Intent Receivers, the driving forces of background applications, are covered in depth in Chapters 5 and 9.

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