Processor manufacturers such as Intel as well as other companies that license

Processor manufacturers such as intel as well as

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Processor manufacturers such as Intel, as well as other companies that license and manufacture components based on the ARM processor, have been releasing open source PCB designs and providing full PCB schematics with the list of required components for completing the circuit. There is an incentive for component manufacturers to provide working PCB designs to help drive sales of those components.
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Maker Movement and Open Source Hardware Quite a few companies that manufacture ARM processors have developed open source PCBs, for devices like tablets, with Android as the OS. This makes designing a sophisticated device, such as a tablet running Android, accessible to anyone capable of working with a PCB design. PCB software design tools, such as Altium Designer, are used for working with PCB designs. Powerful tools combined with open source PCB designs and the AOSP, may bring about new generations of devices that we are not yet capable of envisioning. The future for Android application development certainly looks bright and the possibility for developing innovative applications for Android seem nearly limitless.
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Maintaining Awareness Although this book is about developing Android applications, we wanted to provide background for the overall Android ecosystem as we see it. We think it is always a good idea to maintain awareness about what is occurring in the ever-expanding Android ecosystem, as these events affect everyone involved in development. Today, there are many exciting advancements for Android development that are worth following, and hopefully there will be many more to come.
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Chapter 1 Summary We learned about the history of mobile software development. We learned what the Open Handset Alliance is and why it was formed. We learned how Android is different from other platforms. We also took a first look at the Android platform.
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References and More Information Android Development: Android Open Source Project: Open Handset Alliance: Official Android Developers Blog: This book’s blog: Intel Open Source: Android on Intel Platforms ARM Connected Community: Android Community Altium Designer Wikipedia: Maker Culture
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