Android in Action

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Manning Publications, Nov 20, 2011 - Computers - 664 pages
Summary

Android in Action, Third Edition is a comprehensive tutorial for Android developers. This fast-paced book puts you in the driver's seat -- you'll master the SDK, build WebKit apps using HTML 5, and even learn to extend or replace Android's built-in features by building useful and intriguing examples.
About the Technology
When it comes to mobile apps, Android can do almost anything, and with this book, so can you! Android, Google's popular mobile operating system and SDK for tablets and smart phones, is the broadest mobile platform available. It is Java-based, HTML5-aware, and loaded with the features today's mobile users demand.
About this Book
Android in Action, Third Edition takes you far beyond "Hello Android." You'll master the SDK, build WebKit apps using HTML 5, and even learn to extend or replace Android's built-in features. You'll find interesting examples on every page as you explore cross-platform graphics with RenderScript, the updated notification system, and the Native Development Kit. This book also introduces important tablet concepts like drag-and-drop, fragments, and the Action Bar, all new in Android 3.

Purchase of the print book comes with an offer of a free PDF, ePub, and Kindle eBook from Manning. Also available is all code from the book.
What's Inside
  • Covers Android 3.x
  • SDK and WebKit development from the ground up
  • Driving a robot with Bluetooth and sensors
  • Image processing with Native C code

This book is written for hobbyists and developers. A background in Java is helpful. No prior experience with Android is assumed.

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Table of Contents
    PART 1 WHAT IS ANDROID? THE BIG PICTURE
  1. Introducing Android
  2. Android's development environment
  3. PART 2 EXERCISING THE ANDROID SDK
  4. User interfaces
  5. Intents and Services
  6. Storing and retrieving data
  7. Networking and web services
  8. Telephony
  9. Notifications and alarms
  10. Graphics and animation
  11. Multimedia
  12. 1Location, location, location
  13. PART 3 ANDROID APPLICATIONS
  14. Putting Android to work in a field service application
  15. Building Android applications in C
  16. PART 4 THE MATURING PLATFORM
  17. Bluetooth and sensors
  18. Integration
  19. Android web development
  20. AppWidgets
  21. Localization
  22. Android Native Development Kit
  23. Activity fragments
  24. Android 3.0 action bar
  25. Drag-and-drop

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About the author (2011)

Frank Ableson is active in the mobile software marketplace, working with leading mobile companies including Handango, Airtime Management, and UnwiredTools.

Robi Sen is a Managing Partner at Twin Technologies LLC, where he spends most of his time helping deliver next-generation Rich Internet Applications to Twin Technologies customers.

Chris King is a senior mobile engineer.

C. Enrique Ortiz is a long-time mobile technologist, developer, and author.