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Build unique smartphone and tablet applications with Android 4
Written by an Android authority, this up–to–date resource is an ideal guide to building mobile apps using the Android 4 SDK. It provides in–depth coverage, showing experienced Android developers how to take full advantage of new features, while covering the fundamentals that novice developers need to get started. Serving as a hands–on guide to building mobile apps using Android, the book walks you through a series of increasingly sophisticated projects, each introducing a new Android platform feature and highlighting the techniques and best practices that will help you write compelling Android apps.
Professional Android 4 Application Development:
Provides an in–depth look at the Android application components and their lifecycles
Explores Android UI metaphors, design philosophies, and UI APIs to create compelling user interfaces for phones, tablets, and TVs
Introduces techniques for creating map–based applications and using location–based services
Looks at how to create background services, Notifications, and Cloud To Device Messaging
Demonstrates how to create dynamic and interactive home screen Widgets and Live Wallpaper
Explores hardware and communication APIs, including Bluetooth, telephony, WiFi Direct, and NFC Beam
Examines the use of the camera and hardware sensors
Details the new animation framework and other user experience enhancements, including drag and drop, the Action Bar, and Fragments
Includes a new chapter on publishing your apps
Introduces the License Verification and In App Billing Services
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About the Author
Reto Meier is Google′s Android Developer Relations Tech Lead. He has been involved in Android development since the initial release in 2007.