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Offering an open development environment, Android represents an exciting new opportunity to write innovative applications for mobile devices. This book provides you with a hands-on guide to building these applications using the Android software development kit. It takes you through a series of sample projects, each introducing new features and techniques to get the most out of Android. You'll learn all about the basic functionality as well as discover how to utilize the advanced features with the help of concise and useful examples.
Beginning with an introduction to the Android software stack, the author examines the philosophy behind creating robust, consistent, and appealing applications for mobile phones. You'll get the grounding and knowledge that is needed to write customized mobile applications using the current Android 1.0 SDK. Plus, you'll also gain the flexibility to quickly adapt to future enhancements in order to build the most cutting-edge solutions.
What you will learn from this book
Best practices for Android mobile development
An introduction to Activities, Intents, the manifest, and resources
How to create user interfaces with layouts and custom views
Techniques to store and share your application data
Instructions for creating map-based applications, using location-based services including GPS, and geocoding locations
How to create and use background Services and Notifications
Working with the accelerometers, compass, and camera hardware
All about phone and networking hardware such as telephony APIs, SMS, and network management
Advanced development topics, including security, IPC, and some advanced graphics and user interface techniques
Who this book is for
This book is for anyone interested in creating applications for the Android mobile phone platform. It includes information that will be valuable whether you're an experienced mobile developer or just starting out writing mobile applications.
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
OK - this is not as much a review of the content of the book, but more about the print quality and the confusion about the edition. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Gerard H.
The book was a poor introduction to Android for someone that had not done any before. Had to re-read a number of chapters and more diagrams and screenshots were needed.Published on March 31, 2013 by Jack Matthews
This book helped me understand android programming enough to enter a programming contest. I've probably forgot much of it by now, but using examples in his book I was able to use... Read morePublished on July 11, 2012 by wallyworld2
I recently bought a small pile of Android books, and they were all very useful in different ways. This is the one I started with. Read morePublished on May 13, 2012 by Rajdeveloper
Although there is some valuable information here (and some surprisingly well-written sections), overall the book is too poorly organized to be effective. Read morePublished on March 16, 2010 by Amazon Customer
The material is outdated, the software it refers to you can't get. the MFR says there is no written updates to use the book with current software. Read morePublished on January 24, 2010 by Dennis H. Shipman
I bought this on the strength of the other Amazon reviews, but was disappointed. I have years of programming and application design experience, some in Java, but none with mobile... Read morePublished on January 17, 2010 by Amazon Customer
I bought this book as my first foray into Android development, based on the reviews here so far. Now, though, I know that I probably should've actually read the reviews, as they... Read morePublished on January 14, 2010 by Terrance Shaw
This book will help you learn Android programming, if you know Java and have a little experience with UI. But the index is sparse, and inhibits using the book as a reference. Read morePublished on December 5, 2009 by x475aws