Android Application Development for Dummies, 3rd Edition

  • 5h 18m
  • Michael Burton
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2015

Learn to:

  • Create amazing apps for the latest Android smartphones and tablets
  • Download and install the SDK and start working with the Android Studio tools
  • Adapt your apps for use on Android watches and TVs
  • Publish your apps to the Google Play™ Store

Here's just what you need to turn your great idea into a cool Android app!

Did you know that nearly 80 percent of mobile devices use the Android platform? With this book to guide you, you can start developing apps for that huge market. You'll learn to design the ideal user interface, take advantage of all the newest Android features, understand the difference between phone and tablet apps, avoid common pitfalls, and more!

  • Get what you need — discover how to acquire and install the tools and set up your development headquarters
  • Set up your first project — get going right away with sample programs that explore different aspects of the Android platform
  • Nuts and bolts — see how to design the Tasks application, handle user input, design a menu, work with data storage, and even port your app to wearables
  • Adapt existing apps — learn to convert apps from other platforms for Android and how to accommodate older Android versions
  • Get'em out there — publish your apps to the Google Play Store

Visit the companion website at to download all the code used in this book

Open the book and find:

  • How to build a great app with Android Studio
  • How to create an app widget
  • When to use advanced techniques, such as Fragments, Databases, and Image Downloads
  • Material Design to beautify your app
  • Ways to build apps on Android and Amazon tablets
  • How to create apps for Android Wear and TV

About the Author

Michael Burton is the Director of Mobile Engineering at Groupon and creator of the popular RoboGuice programming framework for Android. He's the author of the OpenTable, Digg, TripIt, and award winning Groupon Android apps, and has addressed conferences around the world.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • Developing Spectacular Android Applications
  • Prepping Your Development Headquarters
  • Your First Android Project
  • Creating the User Interface
  • Coding Your Application
  • Understanding Android Resources
  • Turning Your Application into an App Widget
  • Publishing Your App to the Google Play Store
  • Designing the Tasks Application
  • Creating the Task Detail Page
  • Going a la Carte with Your Menu
  • Handling User Input
  • Getting Persistent with Data Storage
  • Reminding the User
  • Working with Android Preferences
  • Developing for Tablets
  • Supporting Older Versions of Android
  • Wearing the Tasks App
  • Look Ma, I'm on TV!
  • Moving beyond Google
  • Ten Free Sample Applications and SDKs
  • Ten Tools to Simplify Your Development Life


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