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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