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Build unique mobile applications with the latest Android SDK

Written by an Android authority, this up–to–date resource shows you how to leverage the features of Android 2 to enhance existing products or create innovative new ones. Serving as a hands–on guide to building mobile apps using Android, the book walks you through a series of sample projects that introduces you to Android′s new features and techniques. Using the explanations and examples included in these pages, you′ll acquire the foundation needed to write compelling mobile applications that use Android, along with the flexibility to quickly adapt to future enhancements.

Professional Android 2 Application Development:

  • Reviews Android as a development platform and¿best practices for mobile development

  • Provides an in–depth look at the Android application components

  • Details creating layouts and Views to produce compelling resolution independent user interfaces

  • Examines Intents and Content Providers for sharing data

  • Introduces techniques for creating map–based applications and using location–based services such as GPS

  • Looks at how to create and use background Services, Notifications, and Alarms

  • Demonstrates how to create interactive homescreen components

  • Explores the Bluetooth, telephony, and networking APIs

  • Examines using hardware, including the camera and sensors such as the compass and accelerometers

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.

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Reto Meier is a software developer who has been involved in Android since the initial release in 2007. He is an Android Developer Advocate at Google.



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Over the last 18 months Android seems to have been a tricky subject to write about, it has moved on so fast that books published got outdated far quicker than they deserved. However due to more recent stability in the platform and the fact that this book is the latest and greatest Android work to come out adds a large amount of value to it, which should afford this book a much longer shelf life.

The author has updated and enhanced the entire book to cover the rich features of the newer Android offering. I find that his deep understanding of concepts behind Android translate into one of the easiest to understand guides to getting started available today. If you are thinking about getting into Android then I highly recommend this as a solid starting place to learning the fundamentals of Intents, Activities, Receivers, Services, Content Providers, etc...

Once you're through the fundamentals you'll also find that this book covers a wide range of the features available, giving any developer a good solid bag of tools and best practises to use in day to day development and a very handy reference with well written code samples.

Of course it won't answer all your questions or solve all your problems, but once you are up and running and really understand the fundamentals and the have a solid grasp of what's possible then there are a growing abundance of web based Android resources/sites/forums available and a particularly helpful and vibrant community to get you around any sticky issues.
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I'm a professional software dev and have been writing code for a *long* time. Having done some hobbyist development on Android, I was frustrated with the online docs (View descriptions with no screenshots - come on, Google) and trawling endless blogs.

I bought this book last week and have been reading it cover to cover. I've used it a few times for reference too and the index is pretty thorough.

At 17 quid, it's fantastic value given the breadth and depth of the material.

PS If you're interested in a decent blog, try Googling "Android and Amir". Good stuff.
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I have had some experience with Java but this book is simply confusing. I got to page 69 OK with the simple 'To Do List' running on my 'phone. But then gave up as I got completely lost with the book's thread :-( Also, the code examples from wrox.com did not correlate to the examples in the book - some of which are un-numbered which certainly did not help. Example: why has wrox.com has 2 different examples for the 'To Do List' code for chapter4 when only one is discussed in that chapter?! And the Android SDK emulator described does not work due to well-known and documented issues with the AVD (though this is not the book's fault, but many 'Androids' complain about 'emulator-5554 disconnected' emulator issues-search the web to see what I mean). I suggest that this book should have followed the SAMs excellent 'Teach Yourself' methodology and start with the simple 'To Do List' project and go from there, step by step.

For example:

1. Android overview.
2. Create basic Android app.
3. Add (for example) colour/layout improvements to basic app.
4. Refactor code/consolidate theory introduced.
5. Add another new concept...etc..repeat 3 and 4.

OK, this is a pain. But I bought a book that does not do what it says on the back cover.
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I'm on page 77 and already getting lost. The author feeds you lot of info about possible values for the the java and xml files but only a handful are actually used in the To Do List example. In effect you only remember the ones used in the example and immediately forget the number of other options. The author clearly has forgotten the rule that people learn most by practice, least by dry reading.

Also some tasks that we are taught as the author goes through the book seem just unnecessary at that point, eg. on page 70 the author asks us to create 2 png files to use with our application but he doesn't actually implement them in the interface so we don't see how they look in the app. What was the point of creating them then?!
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I spent a day and a half trying to make sense of another publisher's so-called Introduction to Android. This book takes you from knowing absolutely nothing about Android to full-on development with a full-featured app developed in the course of the book. All bases are covered - telephony, Bluetooth, sensors, advanced app development. A passing familiarity with Java is assumed, but the book's real strength is its narrative style - concise, no-nonsense, friendly, thorough, it's an amazing book. If you buy one book on Android, buy this.
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This book is aimed at the more advanced Android developer. It goes into great depth into every feature of the subject and is an invaluable resource. Many of the examples of code are fragments and are not complete, which is why I think some experience is needed with this book. The feature I appreciated most was the Compass example which uses 2D graphics extensively, but more importantly introduced the idea of creating an extended, customised view. This example is further developed in later chapters to provide an artificial horizon display which would not be out of place in the glass cockpit of a modern aircraft. Highly recommended.
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