The following is the first few sections of a chapter from The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development, plus headings for the remaining major sections, to give you an idea about the content of the chapter.

Device Administration

Balding authors of Android books often point out that enterprises and malware authors have the same interests: they want to take control of a device away from the person that is holding it and give that control to some other party. Android, being a consumer operating system, is designed to defend against malware, and so enterprises can run into issues.

However, Android does have a growing area of device administration APIs, that allow carefully-constructed and installed applications to exert some degree of control over the device, how it is configured, and how it operates.


Understanding this chapter requires that you have read the core chapters, particularly the chapter on broadcast Intents.

Objectives and Scope

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Defining and Registering an Admin Component

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Going Into Lockdown

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Passwords and Device Administration

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Getting Along with Others

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