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Overview

Pro Android 2 shows how to build real-world and fun mobile applications using Google’s latest Android software development kit. This new edition is updated for Android 2, covering everything from the fundamentals of building applications for embedded devices to advanced concepts such as custom 3D components, OpenGL, and touchscreens including gestures. While other Android development guides simply discuss topics, Pro Android 2 offers the combination of expert insight and real sample applications that work.

  • Discover the design and architecture of the Android SDK through practical examples, and how to build mobile applications using the Android SDK.
  • Explore and use the Android APIs, including those for media and Wi-Fi.
  • Learn about Android 2’s integrated local and web search, handwriting gesture UI, Google Translate, and text-to-speech features.

Pro Android 2 dives deep, providing you with all the knowledge and techniques you need to build mobile applications ranging from games to Google apps, including add-ons to Google Docs. You’ll be able to extend and run the new Google Chrome APIs on the G1, the G2, and other next-generation Google phones and Android-enabled devices.

What you’ll learn

  • How to use Android to build Java-based mobile applications for Google phones with a touch screen or keyboard (thanks to Cupcake’s inclusion as of Android 1.5)
  • How to design and architect using Google’s latest Android SDK
  • How to use the Android SDK to write mobile applications for embedded devices
  • How to create 3D graphics with OpenGL and custom components
  • How to build multimedia and game apps using Android’s Media APIs and OpenGL
  • How to use Android’s location-based services, networking (Wi-Fi APIs), and security
  • How to create and allow for more integrated local and web searches
  • How to build handwriting gesture UIs
  • How to incorporate Google Translate into your Android applications

Who this book is for

This book is for professional software engineers/programmers looking to move their ideas and applications into the mobile space with Android. It assumes that readers have a passable understanding of Java, including being able to write classes and handle basic inheritance structures. This book also targets hobbyists.

Table of Contents

  1. Introducing the Android Computing Platform
  2. Getting Your Feet Wet
  3. Using Resources, Content Providers, and Intents
  4. Building User Interfaces and Using Controls
  5. Working with Menus and Dialogs
  6. Unveiling 2D Animation
  7. Exploring Security and Location-Based Services
  8. Building and Consuming Services
  9. Using the Media Framework and Telephony APIs
  10. Programming 3D Graphics with OpenGL
  11. Managing and Organizing Preferences
  12. Exploring Live Folders
  13. Home Screen Widgets
  14. Android Search
  15. Exploring Text to Speech and Translate APIs
  16. Touchscreens
  17. Titanium Mobile: A WebKit-Based Approach to AndroidDevelopment
  18. Working with Android Market
  19. Outlook and Resources
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430226598
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 3/15/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sayed Y. Hashimi is the author of Pro Android, as well as a consultant and trainer in Jacksonville, Florida. Sayed has worked for startups and Fortune 100 companies. He has developed large-scale distributed applications with a variety of programming languages and platforms, including C++, Java, and .NET. Sayed has published in major software journals on topics ranging from low-level programming techniques to high-level architecture concepts.

Satya Komatineni has been programming for more than 20 years in the IT and Web space. He has had the opportunity to work with Assembly, C, C++, Rexx, Java, C#, Lisp, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, SVG, relational databases, object databases and related technologies. He has published more than 30 articles touching many of these areas, both in print and online. He has been a frequent speaker at O'Reilly Open Source Conference, speaking on innovations around Java and Web. Satya has done a considerable amount of original work in creating Aspire, a comprehensive open-source Java-based web framework, and has explored personal web productivity and collaboration tools through his open-source work for KnowledgeFolders.com. Satya holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Andhra University, India. You can find his website at SatyaKomatineni.com.

Dave MacLean is a software engineer and architect living and working in Jacksonville, Florida. Since 1980, he has programmed in many languages, developing solutions ranging from robot automation systems to data warehousing, from web self-service applications to electronic data interchange transaction processors. Dave has worked for Sun Microsystems, IBM, Trimble Navigation, General Motors, and several small companies. He graduated from the University of Waterloo in Canada with a degree in systems design engineering. Visit his blog at http://davemac327.blogspot.com or contact him at davemac327@gmail.com.

Dave MacLean is a software engineer and architect currently living and working in Jacksonville, FL. He has programmed in many languages since 1980 developing systems ranging from robot automation systems to data warehousing, web self-service applications to EDI transaction processors.

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  • Posted August 5, 2010

    Good book, but didn't check their own code

    So far I'm only 113 pages in and have found a couple of examples that will not compile at all. The helloworld example they create to call the different intents using a menu is the one I'm on now that is broke. I have tried in the newest 2.2, and an old version, 1.5, and checked the Android Developer documentation. They call methods that do not exist, and if they created the method, they don't show the source or offer their source code with the book. I can get the code to work since I've been coding for over 7 years in Java but someone without prior coding experience and novice programmers will not be able to learn properly from those examples. So far though it has only been a couple of examples, not a lot, but then again, the ones that definitely work are the examples from Google. I will update this as I read through the book.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    I bough Pro Android 2 together with Beginning Android 2. The first thing to notice is that Pro is about double the size of Beginning.

    Pro describes advanced features in greater detail. For example Beginning has 11 pages on resources while Pro gives you 66. But beware: Pro does not mention <string-arrays>. So Pro is for you if you know a little on Android programming but want more more in depth knowledge.

    As it is I frequently find myself looking up a specific in both books.

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

    The Perfect Bootstrap for Android Development

    I am a firm believer in bootstrapping. I want to be up and coding in a new language as fast as possible. On that front especially this book delivers! They take the time to walk you through everything from environment setup to animation. No matter what kind of Android app you want to build, this book is your springboard. Reasonable depth, and impressive breadth, this one's a winner!

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