The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK

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Want to get started building applications for Android, the worlds hottest, fast-growing mobile platform? Already building Android applications and want to get better at it? This book brings together all the expert guidanceand codeyoull need!

Completely up-to-date to reflect the newest and most widely used Android SDKs, The Android Developers Cookbook is the essential resource for developers building apps for any Android device, from phones to tablets.

Proven, modular recipes take you from the absolute basics to advanced location-based services, security techniques, and performance optimization. Youll learn how to write apps from scratch, ensure interoperability, choose the best solutions for common problems, and avoid development pitfalls. Coverage includes:

  • Implementing threads, services, receivers, and other background tasks
  • Providing user alerts
  • Organizing user interface layouts and views
  • Managing user-initiated events such as touches and gestures
  • Recording and playing audio and video
  • Using hardware APIs available on Android devices
  • Interacting with other devices via SMS, web browsing, and social networking
  • Storing data efficiently with SQLite and its alternatives
  • Accessing location data via GPS
  • Using location-related services such as the Google Maps API
  • Building faster applications with native code
  • Providing backup and restore with the Android Backup Manager
  • Testing and debugging apps throughout the development cycle

Turn to The Android Developers Cookbook for proven, expert answersand the code you need to implement them. Its all you need to jumpstart any Android project, and create high-value, feature-rich apps that sell!


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About the Authors
1 Overview of Android
Activities and Intents
3 Threads Services Receivers and Alerts
4 User Interface Layout
5 User Interface Events
6 Multimedia Techniques
7 Hardware Interface
8 Networking
9 Data Storage Methods
10 LocationBased Services
11 Advanced Android Development
12 Debugging



James Steele was doing post-doctoral work in physics at MIT when he decided to join a startup in Silicon Valley. Fifteen years later and he continues to innovate, bringing research projects to production in both the consumer and mobile market. He actively presents and participates in various Silicon Valley new technology groups.

Nelson To has more than ten applications of his own in the Android Market. He also has worked on enterprise Android applications for Think Computer, Inc. (PayPhone),AOL (AIM), Stanford University (Education App), and Logitech (Google TV). He also assists in organizing the SiliconValley Android Meetup Community and teaches Android classes both in the Bay Area and China.