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Quickly learn how to develop applications for Android 4 smartphones and tablets!

With Android 4, Google brings the full power of its Android operating system to both smartphone and tablet computing. This full–color guide teaches everything you′ll need to know to successfully develop your own Android applications. The book addresses all the fundamentals, including user interfaces, networking, SMS messaging, databases, location–based services, and deployment. Veteran author Wei–Meng Lee covers it all and puts you well on your way to successful Android application development and deployment.

Beginning Android 4 Application Development:

  • Explains how to adapt to display orientation, understand the components of a screen, and handle user interface notifications

  • Explains the various elements that go into designing your user interface using views such as TextView, ProgressBar, AutoCompleteTextView, TimePicker, ListView, and more

  • Demonstrates how to display pictures and menus with views

  • Shows how to use a content provider and create your own content provider

  • Demonstrates how to put long running tasks in separate threads

  • Builds an application that tracks locations using SMS messaging

  • Demonstrates how to use JSON and Sockets programming to build your own chat application

  • Helps you prepare your Android application for the Android Market

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Wei–Meng Lee is a technologist and founder of Developer Learning Solutions, a technology company specializing in hands–on training in the latest Microsoft and Apple technologies. He is the author of Beginning Android Application Development and Beginning iOS 5 Application Development, as well as many other technology books and articles.


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This is a good book and I am pleased that I bought it.

I have a background in Eclipse and Java and I was looking for a book that would get me up and running with Android App development. So far this book is helping tremendously. I am currently 15% of the way through the book and already I am getting the hang of Android App development.

The only thing that I am annoyed about is that lots of the code examples in this book have method calls that are deprecated in the latest Android 4.0.x SDK.

This is more a gripe about the Android SDK itself, rather than the way this book has been put together. It obviously took a while to write the book and it is no surprise that the Android SDK now works slightly differently.

If you're looking for a book to teach you Java and get familiar with Eclipse, then I wouldn't recommend this book, as it jumps straight in with how to use Activities and Fragments and many other wonders of the Android SDK. But I would heartily recommend this book if you're wanting to get straight into Android App development and not mess around with what Java is and how you manage an Eclipse project.

Having said that, I've had to do lots of Googling to find out how to re-code lots of the book's examples, so that they work (non-deprecated) in the latest Android SDK, but I am not fussed about that so much, as the book explains the concepts extremely well.
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Many examples use methods depreciated in Android 3. The examples still work, and you can turn off the warnings in Eclipse if you want. In some cases the depreciated methods might have been chosen for simplicity, but I don't think this is the case with most. I think at the least the book should mention that "it's not the way to do it now" and at least mention the method or class to use.

Having said that, all the examples I have tried so far work, and if you choose to look up how the coding should be done using your search engine, and then rework the example, it's a good learning exercise.

If it wasn't for the use of depreciated methods, the book is quite good at explaining how Android applications are put together, other than the images of phone screens are very dark and in some cases it is hard to see the detail, for example in figure 3-13 it is impossible to see a check box.
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Without prior knowledge of the basics in, well, any language you're not going to be able to use this book at this moment in time, a few things are depreciated and the way Eclipse and the android SDK are laid out is different now than when this book was written - That hasn't stopped me powering through it, though.

However like I said, you can't view this as a beginner book anymore as you'll be required to fix various issues that have come up as a result of this book being out of date.

Buy it if you know the basics already and aren't afraid to troubleshoot your way through it.
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I have been coding with Java for the last couple of years on the desktop but had never target a mobile.

A lot of information available online can be hard to follow or a bit disjointed, this book got me going in no time, so far I have only read the first 2 chapters and the information is complete and easy to follow.

got the "helloWorld" program running in minutes, and most of that was spent waiting for the SDK to download.
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This trully one of the best Android for beginners books out there. Book focuses on explaining mainly Android specific methods and functions so if you are not very strong with Java, then you might struggle a bit.

Perfect book with loads and loads of functional examples and exercises. A MUST BUY for any Android developer, even in 2015 and Android 5.0
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I started delving into this book last week. I have been meaning to get into Android for some time, and after years of other C derived languages (C++ and mainly C#) I finally moved onto Java, although I am still very much a novice.

That said, I think that is enough to at least get a grip on things initially. You need to know enough to differentiate between what is a quirk of the Java Language, and what is Android... for example, if you are used to start with a main(), Android doesn't quite work like that, and then there are the "Life-Cycles", which is typically Android, and all explained within the book.

I did find myself bogged down initially. A majority of the examples I was typing in failed to work, yet the downloaded code works fine, even if it appears to be identical. Bear in mind that this book is over a year old, and things move fast in the Android world, so elements of it are slightly out of date.

My personal recommendation, is to look at the beginning of the book, have a read through for a while, perhaps even go away and look at some other small tutorials on the Internet, before coming back and trying again. It tends to fit into a place a little easier after that.
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This book is ok but the books needs updating for the latest os, currently we're on 4.2 so this book is two versions out of date, and even on 4.0 some of the code needs updating. Having to pay full price for and old book isn't fair on customers
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