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Professional Android Application Development
Offering an open development environment, Android represents an exciting new opportunity to write innovative applications for mobile devices. This book provides you with a hands-on guide to building these applications using the Android software development kit. It takes you through a series of sample projects, each introducing new features and techniques to get the most out of Android. You'll learn all about the basic functionality as well as discover how to utilize the advanced features with the help of concise and useful examples.
Beginning with an introduction to the Android software stack, the author examines the philosophy behind creating robust, consistent, and appealing applications for mobile phones. You'll get the grounding and knowledge that is needed to write customized mobile applications using the current Android 1.0 SDK. Plus, you'll also gain the flexibility to quickly adapt to future enhancements in order to build the most cutting-edge solutions.
What you will learn from this book
Best practices for Android mobile development
An introduction to Activities, Intents, the manifest, and resources
How to create user interfaces with layouts and custom views
Techniques to store and share your application data
Instructions for creating map-based applications, using location-based services including GPS, and geocoding locations
How to create and use background Services and Notifications
Working with the accelerometers, compass, and camera hardware
All about phone and networking hardware such as telephony APIs, SMS, and network management
Advanced development topics, including security, IPC, and some advanced graphics and user interface techniques
Who this book is for
This book is for anyone interested in creating applications for the Android mobile phone platform. It includes information that will be valuable whether you're an experienced mobile developer or just starting out writing mobile applications.
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Professional Android Development is a developer's guide to building mobile applications using the Android SDK. This hands-on approach takes readers through a series of projects, each introducing a new Android platform feature and highlighting the techniques and best practices to get the most out of Android. Providing concise and compelling examples, Professional Android Development shows how to quickly construct real-world mobile applications for Android phones.
While most readers will have experience using mobile phones and developing software, many will not have written applications specifically for mobiles. Professional Android Development begins by offering an introduction to the Android software stack and examining the philosophy behind creating robust, consistent, and appealing applications for mobile phones. From this common base readers progress to increasingly complex examples that illustrate the features available for constructing their mobile phone projects.
Readers create full Android applications in a series of exercises designed to introduce new concepts, APIs, and Android functionality. The exercises begin as simple tasks that introduce readers to the anatomy, lifecycle, and UI metaphor of an Android application. Each step adds a particular piece of functionality to construct increasingly feature rich Android applications. Readers can use the exercises and the completed projects as a basis for developing their own Android applications.
The projects are written in Java using Eclipse with the Android plugin. While Android uses Java syntax, the power of the platform lies in the Android APIs. Many readers will already be familiar with Java and it's easy to learn, so readers with different development backgrounds should find the transition straightforward. Readers more comfortable with an alternative Java development environment should also find it easy to use their preferred tools.
Build mobile applications using Android SDK with the hands-on information in Professional Android Application Development, a guide to Android platform features, techniques and practices. Follow the concise and compelling examples, which will show you how to quickly construct real-world mobile applications for Android phones. With a series of exercises designed to introduce new concepts, this book will guide you through an introduction to the Android software stack and the philosophy behind creating robust, consistent, and appealing applications for mobile phones so that you can construct increasingly complex mobile phone projects.
A hands-on guide to building mobile applications, Professional Android Application Development
features concise and compelling examples that show you how to quickly construct real-world mobile applications for Android phones. Fully up-to-date for version 1.0 of the Android software development kit, it covers all the essential features, and explores the advanced capabilities of Android (including GPS, accelerometers, and background Services) to help you construct increasingly complex, useful, and innovative mobile applications for Android phones.
What this book includes
- An introduction to mobile development, Android, and how to get started.
- An in-depth look at Android applications and their life cycle, the application manifest, Intents, and using external resources.
- Details for creating complex and compelling user interfaces by using, extending, and creating your own layouts and Views and using Menus.
- A detailed look at data storage, retrieval, and sharing using preferences, files, databases, and Content Providers.
- Instructions for making the most of mobile portability by creating rich map-based applications as well as using location-based services and the geocoder.
- A look at the power of background Services, using threads, and a detailed look at Notifications.
- Coverage of Android's communication abilities including SMS, the telephony APIs, network management, and a guide to using Internet resources
- Details for using Android hardware, including media recording and playback, using the camera, accelerometers, and compass sensors.
- Advanced development topics including security, IPC, advanced 2D / 3D graphics techniques, and user–hardware interaction.
Who this book is for
This book is for anyone interested in creating applications for the Android mobile phone platform. It includes information that will be valuable whether you're an experienced mobile developer or making your first foray, via Android, into writing mobile applications. It will give the grounding and knowledge you need to write applications using the current SDK, along with the flexibility to quickly adapt to future enhancements.
About the Author
Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Reto Meier
now lives in London.
Reto is an experienced software developer with more than 10 years of experience in GUI application architecture, design, and development. He’s worked in various industries, including offshore oil and gas, before moving to London and into fi nance.
Always interested in emerging technologies, Reto has been involved in Android since the initial release in 2007. In his spare time, he tinkers with a wide range of development platforms including WPF and Google’s plethora of developer tools.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Hello, Android.
A Little Background.
What It Isn’t.
An Open Platform for Mobile Development.
Native Android Applications.
Android SDK Features.
Introducing the Open Handset Alliance.
What Does Android Run On?
Why Develop for Android?
Introducing the Development Framework.
What Comes in the Box.
Chapter 2: Getting Started.
Developing for Android.
Developing for Mobile Devices.
To-Do List Example.
Android Development Tools.
Chapter 3: Creating Applications and Activities.
What Makes an Android Application?
Introducing the Application Manifest.
Using the Manifest Editor.
The Android Application Life Cycle.
Understanding Application Priority and Process States.
A Closer Look at Android Activities.
Chapter 4: Creating User Interfaces.
Fundamental Android UI Design.
Creating New Views.
Creating and Using Menus.
Chapter 5: Intents, Broadcast R eceivers, Adapters, and the Internet.
Using Internet Resources.
Creating an Earthquake Viewer.
Chapter 6: Data Storage, Retrieval, and Sharing.
Android Techniques for Saving Data.
Saving Simple Application Data.
Saving and Loading Files.
Databases in Android.
Introducing Content Providers.
Chapter 7: Maps, Geocoding,: and Location-Based Services.
Using Location-Based Services.
Setting up the Emulator with Test Providers.
Selecting a Location Provider.
Finding Your Location.
Using Proximity Alerts.
Using the Geocoder.
Creating Map-Based Activities.
Mapping Earthquakes Example.
Chapter 8: Working in the Background.
Using Background Worker Threads.
Let’s Make a Toast.
Using Alarms to Update Earthquakes.
Chapter 9: Peer-to-Peer Communication.
Introducing Android Instant Messaging.
Chapter 10: Accessing Android Hardware.
Using the Media APIs.
Using the Camera.
Introducing the Sensor Manager.
Using the Accelerometer and Compass.
Managing Network and Wi-Fi Connections.
Controlling Device Vibration.
Chapter 11: Advanced Android Development.
Using AIDL to Support IPC for Services.
Using Internet Services.
Building Rich User Interfaces.