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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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Developers, build mobile Android apps using Android 4
The fast-growing popularity of Android smartphones and tablets creates a huge opportunities for developers. If you're an experienced developer, you can start creating robust mobile Android apps right away with this professional guide to Android 4 application development. Written by one of Google's lead Android developer advocates, this practical book walks you through a series of hands-on projects that illustrate the features of the Android SDK. That includes all the new APIs introduced in Android 3 and 4, including building for tablets, using the Action Bar, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC Beam, and more.
- Shows experienced developers how to create mobile applications for Android smartphones and tablets
- Revised and expanded to cover all the Android SDK releases including Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), including all updated APIs, and the latest changes to the Android platform.
- Explains new and enhanced features such as drag and drop, fragments, the action bar, enhanced multitouch support, new environmental sensor support, major improvements to the animation framework, and a range of new communications techniques including NFC and Wi-Fi direct.
- Provides practical guidance on publishing and marketing your applications, best practices for user experience, and more
This book helps you learn to master the design, lifecycle, and UI of an Android app through practical exercises, which you can then use as a basis for developing your own Android apps.
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.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1 Hello, Android 1
CHAPTER 2 Getting Started 19
CHAPTER 3 Creating Applications and Activities 53
CHAPTER 4 Building User Interfaces 95
CHAPTER 5 Intents and Broadcast Receivers 165
CHAPTER 6 Using Internet Resources 201
CHAPTER 7 Files, Saving State, and Preferences 221
CHAPTER 8 Databases and Content Providers 251
CHAPTER 9 Working in the Background 331
CHAPTER 10 Expanding the User Experience 359
CHAPTER 11 Advanced User Experience 425
CHAPTER 12 Hardware Sensors 481
CHAPTER 13 Maps, Geocoding, and Location-Based Services 513
CHAPTER 14 Invading the Home Screen 565
CHAPTER 15 Audio, Video, and Using the Camera 621
CHAPTER 16 Bluetooth, NFC, Networks, and Wi-Fi 665
CHAPTER 17 Telephony and SMS 701
CHAPTER 18 Advanced Android Development 739
CHAPTER 19 Monetizing, Promoting, and Distributing Applications 771