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Android Programming's ­ps and Downs

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The Android Developer's Cookbook


As smartphones using Google's Android operating system become mainstream, James Steele and Nelson To are in a pretty good position.

As authors of The Android Developer's Cookbook, they're a step ahead in a growing market, apps for the mobile device OS. Andy Rubin, the Google vice president of engineering overseeing Android, said earlier in December that 300,000 Android phones now are activated each day.

But one major issue facing programmers hoping to reach those phones today is that they have different hardware and software—a problem called Android fragmentation. Programmers must adapt their software as the operating system spreads not just to significantly different mobile phones, but also to tablets with even larger screens and to other devices including televisions, cars, and music players.

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