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A Developer's Guide
W. Frank Ableson, Charlie Collins and Robi Sen
  • April 2009
  • ISBN
  • 416 pages
  • printed in black & white

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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.

about the technology

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.

what's inside

  • Android's place in the market
  • Using the Eclipse environment for Android development
  • The Intents - how and why they are used
  • Application classes:
    • Activity
    • Service
    • IntentReceiver
  • User interface design
  • Using the ContentProvider to manage data
  • Persisting data with the SQLite database
  • Networking examples
  • Telephony applications
  • Notification methods
  • OpenGL, animation & multimedia
  • Sample Applications

about the reader

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.

about the authors

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.

Valuable, useful.

Dick Wall, Senior Engineer, Former Android Advocate for Google, and Java Posse Co-Host

For newbies and experts alike, this book is like a lighthouse.

Kevin Galligan, CTO, Medical Research Forum

Chock-full of valuable code and tips.

Scott Webster, AndroidGuys Editor

Take your app from zero to running in no time flat.

Charles Hudson, Aduci

Highly recommended!

Horaci Macias, Avaya