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Android™ Wireless Application Development  Second Edition

Lauren Darcey

Shane Conder

The start-to-finish guide to Android application development: massively updated for the newest SDKs and developer techniques!

This book delivers all the up-to-date information, tested code, and best practices you need to create and market successful mobile apps with the latest versions of Android. Drawing on their extensive experience with mobile and wireless development, Lauren Darcey and Shane Conder cover every step: concept, design, coding, testing, packaging, and delivery. The authors introduce the Android platform, explain the principles of effective Android application design, and present today’s best practices for crafting effective user interfaces. Next, they offer detailed coverage of each key Android API, including data storage, networking, telephony, location-based services, multimedia, 3D graphics, and hardware.

Every chapter of this edition has been updated for the newest Android SDKs, tools, utilities, and hardware. All sample code has been overhauled and tested on leading devices from multiple companies, including HTC, Motorola, and ARCHOS. Many new examples have been added, including complete new applications. This new edition also adds

  • Nine new chapters covering web APIs, the Android NDK, extending application reach, managing users, data synchronization, backups, advanced user input, and more

  • Greatly expanded coverage of Android manifest files, content providers, app design, and testing

  • New coverage of hot topics like Bluetooth, gestures, voice recognition, App Widgets, live folders, live wallpapers, and global search

  • Updated 3D graphics programming coverage reflecting OpenGL ES 2.0

  • An all-new chapter on tackling cross-device compatibility issues, from designing for the smallest phones to the big new tablets hitting the market

  • Even more tips and tricks to help you design, develop, and test applications for different devices

  • A new appendix full of Eclipse tips and tricks

  • This book is an indispensable resource for every member of the Android development team: software developers with all levels of mobile experience, team leaders and project managers, testers and QA specialists, software architects, and even marketers.


    Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Table of Contents
    4. Acknowledgments
    5. About the Authors
    6. Introduction
    7. Part I. An Overview of Android
      1. 1. Introducing Android
      2. 2. Setting Up Your Android Development Environment
      3. 3. Writing Your First Android Application
    8. Part II. Android Application Design Essentials
      1. 4. Understanding the Anatomy of an Android Application
      2. 5. Defining Your Application Using the Android Manifest File
      3. 6. Managing Application Resources
    9. Part III. Android User Interface Design Essentials
      1. 7. Exploring User Interface Screen Elements
      2. 8. Designing User Interfaces with Layouts
      3. 9. Drawing and Working with Animation
    10. Part IV. Using Common Android APIs
      1. 10. Using Android Data and Storage APIs
      2. 11. Sharing Data Between Applications with Content Providers
      3. 12. Using Android Networking APIs
      4. 13. Using Android Web APIs
      5. 14. Using Location-Based Services (LBS) APIs
      6. 15. Using Android Multimedia APIs
      7. 16. Using Android Telephony APIs
      8. 17. Using Android 3D Graphics with OpenGL ES
      9. 18. Using the Android NDK
      10. 19. Using Android’s Optional Hardware APIs
    11. Part V. More Android Application Design Principles
      1. 20. Working with Notifications
      2. 21. Working with Services
      3. 22. Extending Android Application Reach
      4. 23. Managing User Accounts and Synchronizing User Data
      5. 24. Handling Advanced User Input
      6. 25. Targeting Different Device Configurations and Languages
    12. Part VI. Deploying Your Android Application to the World
      1. 26. The Mobile Software Development Process
      2. 27. Designing and Developing Bulletproof Android Applications
      3. 28. Testing Android Applications
      4. 29. Selling Your Android Application
    13. Part VII. Appendixes
      1. A. The Android Emulator Quick-Start Guide
      2. B. The Android DDMS Quick-Start Guide
      3. C. The Android Debug Bridge Quick-Start Guide
      4. D. Eclipse IDE Tips and Tricks
      5. E. The SQLite Quick-Start Guide
    14. Index