- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118387287
- ISBN-13: 978-1118387283
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,091,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Smashing Android UI: Responsive User Interfaces and Design Patterns for Android Phones and Tablets 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
BUILD KILLER APPS FOR ANDROID SMARTPHONES AND TABLETS THAT USERS WILL LOVE TO USE
Great UI design can be the difference between an app that gathers dust on a mobile dashboard and one that really takes off. Brought to you from the experts at Smashing Magazine—the worldwide go-to resource for developers and designers—this book arms you with the knowledge and tools you need to integrate user-centered design into your development process and create Android apps that don’t just take off, but soar.
Professional Android developer Juhani Lehtimäki takes you beyond the basics, describing expert design techniques, tips, tricks, and workarounds. Whether you’re a developer with minimal design experience, or a practiced designer looking to expand your repertoire, Smashing Android UI gives you what you need to”:
- Get up to speed on user-centered design principles and practices
- Use Android UI design patterns to create sleek, intuitive user interfaces
- Avoid common design problems and pitfalls
- Build agile, responsive Apps that never general dialogues
- Develop Apps that are scalable for any Android device combination
- Create scalable layouts
- Use adaptive layouts and fragments
- Follow Android design best practices
A great application is more than the sum of its functions and features—it’s a total user experience. Let Smashing Android UI show you how to put the user at the center of the development process to create truly great Android apps.
About the Author
Juhani Lehtimäki is a passionate Android developer who loves good design and great innovation. Originally from Finland, he works as the head of Android and Google TV development at Snapp TV in Munich, Germany.
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This book is not about giving you the code up front and telling you exactly what to write to implement a certain UI. It does a relatively good job, however, in pointing you towards websites and sources where you can read more about how to implement certain UI code. And it also does a nice job in highlighting various open source libraries which implement the UI concepts.
What I love most about the book is the level of depth used in exploring all stock Android 4.x UI concepts and methods. The author tells you when it might be a good idea to use one UI concept over another. He also describes why not to use something for a particular need and suggests which UI concept might be used instead, and why. I think such UI discussions are very important up front, before writing any code, because it forces the developer to think clearly how the user will use his or her app. Especially the first few chapters of the book talk about UI planning and how to make the user "not think" when using your app. Such pre-coding planning is critical for a user friendly app.
If you care at all about you user experience when using your app, this book must be on your list of must-reads. As Google strives for a more unified and slicker user experience with Android 4.x, app developers should to update their pre-4.x apps UI to the latest. This book will be a great asset in that quest, as well as it is a great asset for any new apps being developed for Android 4.x and on.
Is an excellent book for advanced android developers and for designers. It has a lot of usability tips, specially for developers and designers to understand that mobile world is completly different than web.
I've read a lot of android books and all of them were allways technical books, this is the book we need to close the circle.
I recommend this book to new Android developers.
The book was quick and easy to read, with lots of nice examples.
This book serves as a great introduction to these new design approaches and as a companion piece to Google's official Android Design site. The author does a fantastic job of presenting the material in a way that is relevant to developers and designers alike. I would recommend it to Android developers of all experience levels as well as to designers who may be experienced in working with other mobile platforms (can you guess which?), but are new to Android.
Demand for Android development skills is on the rise and there is currently a glut of Android development books appearing on bookshelves. Many of these attempt to provide the broadest possible API coverage and thus fail to provide much in the way of depth around design. This book really stands out thanks to its focused nature and excellent coverage of an important topic that is so often overlooked.
One focus is on creating responsive designs for Android Apps to support the multiple form factors found on Android. One cannot stress this enogh. So please heed his advice.
Also great is his list of patterns and in which context to use them as well as his list of anti-patterns.
Even though I think this book is more for designers I - a developer myself - have gained a lot by it. Usability and user experience are often our weak spots and Smashing Android UI helps us to avoid mistakes right from the beginning.
And not to forget: This book is also a useful tool when dealing with designers and trying to find a common language.