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Introduction: System and Device Control

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Android provides a good compromise between the needs of the carriers for control and the needs of developers for device access. This chapter looks at some of the informational and control APIs that are publicly available to the Android developer to explore and control the extensive hardware facilities provided by the system, and to deal with the wide range of hardware it runs on, from 2" cell phones to 10" tablets and netbooks.