<action android:name="string" />
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Adds an action to an intent filter. An <intent-filter> element must contain one or more <action> elements. If there are no <action> elements in an intent filter, the filter doesn't accept any Intent objects. For details about intent filters and the role of action specifications within a filter, see Intents and Intent Filters.
The name of the action. Some standard actions are defined in the Intent class as ACTION_string constants. To assign one of these actions to this attribute, prepend android.intent.action. to the string that follows ACTION_. For example, for ACTION_MAIN, use android.intent.action.MAIN, and for ACTION_WEB_SEARCH, use android.intent.action.WEB_SEARCH.

For actions you define, it's best to use your app's package name as a prefix to help ensure uniqueness. For example, a TRANSMOGRIFY action might be specified as follows:

<action android:name="com.example.project.TRANSMOGRIFY" />
introduced in:
API Level 1
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