Intents

An intent is a mechanism for describing a specific action, such as "pick a photo," "phone home," or "open the pod bay doors." In Android, just about everything goes through intents, so you have plenty of opportunities to replace or reuse components. See Section 3.5, Implementing an About Box, on page 57 for an example of an intent.

For example, there is an intent for "send an email." If your application needs to send mail, you can invoke that intent. Or if you're writing a new email application, you can register an activity to handle that intent and replace the standard mail program. The next time somebody tries to send an email, they'll get the option to use your program instead of the standard one.

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