Unlocking Android
A Developer's Guide
Covers Android SDK 1.x
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W. Frank Ableson, Charlie Collins, and Robi Sen

April 2009 | 416 pages | B&W
ISBN: 1933988673

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Android is an open source mobile phone platform based on the Linux operating system and developed by the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of over 30 hardware, software and telecom companies that focus on open standards for mobile devices. Led by search giant, Google, Android is designed to deliver a better and more open and cost effective mobile experience.

Unlocking Android: A Developer's Guide provides concise, hands-on instruction for the Android operating system and development tools. This book teaches important architectural concepts in a straightforward writing style and builds on this with practical and useful examples throughout. Based on his mobile development experience and his deep knowledge of the arcane Android technical documentation, the author conveys the know-how you need to develop practical applications that build upon or replace any of Androids features, however small.

Unlocking Android: A Developer's Guide prepares the reader to embrace the platform in easy-to-understand language and builds on this foundation with re-usable Java code examples. It is ideal for corporate and hobbyists alike who have an interest, or a mandate, to deliver software functionality for cell phones.



Frank Ableson is a prolific software entrepreneur with a focus on mobile and embedded technology. Frank is very active in the mobile software marketplace as he works with leading mobile companies including Handango, Airtime Management, and UnwiredTools.

Charlie Collins is a software developer and author. Charlie has over 12 years of experience with Java and is interested in many areas of Java development including: SE, EE, mobile and embedded, and alternative languages on the JVM. Charlie is the co-author of GWT in Practice and has written various online articles. Charlie has also been an ardent open source supporter for many years and has contributed documentation and patches for several open source projects. Charlie is the co-creator and maintainer of GWT-Maven, and is also currently a Maven Mojo committer.

Robi Sen is a Managing Partner at Twin Technologies, LLC where he spends most of his time helping deliver next generation Rich Internet Applications to Twin Technologies customers. Robi also has experience in the wireless space and has recently worked on projects focusing on electronic warfare and electronic counter measures.


“...Unlocking Android contains a wealth of information to help Java programmers begin developing mobile applications for Google's new platform, with numerous code snippets and screenshots.”
—Michael J. Ross, Web Developer and Slashdot reviewer