Build feature-rich working Android applications with the help of more than 100 tested recipes
- Uncover the latest features in Android 9 Pie to make your applications stand out
- Develop applications that take advantage of the latest mobile technologies, from set up to security
- Get up to speed with Android Studio 3 and its impressive new features
The Android OS has the largest installation base of any operating system in the world; there has never been a better time to learn Android development to write your own applications, or to make your own contributions to the open source community!
With this extensively updated cookbook, you’ll find solutions for working with the user interfaces, multitouch gestures, location awareness, web services, and device features such as the phone, camera, and accelerometer. You also get useful steps on packaging your app for the Android Market. Each recipe provides a clear solution and sample code you can use in your project right away.
Whether you are writing your first app or your hundredth, this is a book that you will come back to time and time again, with its many tips and tricks on the rich features of Android Pie.
What you will learn
- Develop applications using the latest Android framework while maintaining backward-compatibility with the support library
- Create engaging applications using knowledge gained from recipes on graphics, animations, and multimedia
- Work through succinct steps on specifics that will help you complete your project faster
- Add location awareness to your own app with examples using the latest Google Play services API
- Utilize Google Speech Recognition APIs for your app
- Make use of Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) to create Push Notifications for your users
Who This Book Is For
If you are new to Android development and want to take a hands-on approach to learning the framework, or if you are an experienced developer in need of clear working code to solve the many challenges in Android development, you can benefit from this book. Either way, this is a resource you'll want to keep at your desk for a quick reference to solve new problems as you tackle more challenging projects.
About the Author
Rick Boyer is an Android Developer with over twenty years of professional programming experience. His experience includes Windows development, web and mobile, including Windows CE, Windows Phone and now Android. He now focuses solely on Android with his consulting business NightSky Development.
I’d like to start by thanking Nadeem, the acquisition editor, for bringing me in to this project! I also want to thank Parshva, the content editor, for his kind words and support while writing these 15 chapters!
Thanks to the friendly staff at my local Starbucks in Starmall, just outside Manila. If I wasn’t writing code samples in my office, I was working on chapters at Starbucks. I was always greeted with a smile and questions on how the book was progressing. A special thanks to Niron for stepping up to the challenge of making the Android coffee design, used in the cover photo, and Leigh, the manager, for indulging us while we took pictures of our coffee.
And finally, my wife Karen, not only for her encouragement on this book, and patience while I was coding at midnight New Year’s Eve, but also for her wonderful photo, used on the cover!