Pro Android 5 shows you how to build real-world and fun mobile apps using the Android 5 SDK. This book updates the best-selling Pro Android and covers everything from the fundamentals of building apps for smartphones, tablets, and embedded devices to advanced concepts such as custom components, multi-tasking, sensors/augmented reality, better accessories support and much more.
- Using the tutorials and expert advice, you'll quickly be able to build cool mobile apps and run them on dozens of Android-based smartphones.
- You'll explore and use the Android APIs, including those for media and sensors.
- And you'll check out what's new in Android, including the improved user interface across all Android platforms, integration with services, and more.
What you’ll learn
- How to use Android to build Java-based mobile apps for Android smartphones and tablets
- How to build irresistible user interfaces (UIs) and user experiences (UXs) across Android devices
- How to populate your application with data from data sources, using Content Providers
- How to build multimedia and game apps using Android's media APIs
- How to use Android's location-based services, network-based services, and security
- How to use key Android features, such as Fragments and the ActionBar
This book is for professional software engineers and programmers looking to move their ideas and applications into the mobile space with Android. It assumes a passable understanding of Java, including how to write classes and handle basic inheritance structures.
Table of Contents
1 Hello, World
2 Introduction to Android Applications
3 Basic User Interface Controls
4 Adapters and List Controls
5 Making Advanced UI Layouts
6 Adding Menus and ActionBar
7 Styles and Themes
9 Responding to Configuration Changes
10 Dialogs: Regular and Fragment
11 Working with Preferences and Saving State
12 Compatibility Library
13 Exploring Packages, Processes, Components, Threads and Handlers
14 Working with Services
15 Advanced Async Task & Progress Dialogs
16 Exploring Broadcast Receivers and Long Running Services
17 Exploring the Alarm Manager
18 Unveiling 2D Animation
19 Exploring Maps and Location Services
20 Understanding the Media Frameworks
21 Home Screen Widgets
23 Drag and Drop
24 Using Sensors
25 Understanding Content Providers
26 Understanding the Contacts API
28 Security and Permissions
29 Google Cloud messaging and services
30 Deploying Your Application: Google Play Store and Beyond