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Android in Action, Third Edition

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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.

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

    PART 2 EXERCISING THE ANDROID SDK

  3. User interfaces

  4. Intents and Services

  5. Storing and retrieving data

  6. Networking and web services

  7. Telephony

  8. Notifications and alarms

  9. Graphics and animation

  10. Multimedia

  11. 1Location, location, location

    PART 3 ANDROID APPLICATIONS

  12. Putting Android to work in a field service application

  13. Building Android applications in C

    PART 4 THE MATURING PLATFORM

  14. Bluetooth and sensors

  15. Integration

  16. Android web development

  17. AppWidgets

  18. Localization

  19. Android Native Development Kit

  20. Activity fragments

  21. Android 3.0 action bar

  22. Drag-and-drop