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Android in Action, 3rd Edition


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.

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.

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.

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.

Table of Contents
Part 1: What is Android? The big picture
Chapter 1. Introducing Android
Chapter 2. Android’s development environment

Part 2: Exercising the Android SDK
Chapter 3. User interfaces
Chapter 4. Intents and Services
Chapter 5. Storing and retrieving data
Chapter 6. Networking and web services
Chapter 7. Telephony
Chapter 8. Notifications and alarms
Chapter 9. Graphics and animation
Chapter 10. Multimedia
Chapter 11. Location, location, location

Part 3: Android applications
Chapter 12. Putting Android to work in a field service application
Chapter 13. Building Android applications in C

Part 4: The maturing platform
Chapter 14. Bluetooth and sensors
Chapter 15. Integration
Chapter 16. Android web development
Chapter 17. AppWidgets
Chapter 18. Localization
Chapter 19. Android Native Development Kit
Chapter 20. Activity fragments
Chapter 21. Android 3.0 action bar
Chapter 22. Drag-and-drop

Appendix A. Installing the Android SDK
Appendix B. Publishing applications

Book Details

  • Paperback: 664 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 3rd Edition (November 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617290505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617290503
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