In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, learn how to build powerful apps for the world's most popular mobile platform: Android. Using this book's straightforward, step-by-step approach, you'll build complete Android 5 apps from the ground up with Android Studio. As you do, you'll master key skills for designing, developing, and publishing meaningful apps of your own. Extensively updated for Android 5's newest capabilities, every lesson builds on what you've already learned, giving you a rock-solid foundation for real-world success! Highlights of this new Fourth Edition include * Extensive new coverage: Android 5 (Lollipop), Android Studio, and Material Design; plus Android M early preview * A laser focus on modern Android essentials, including activities, intents, resources, and background processing * New Android 5 features for Android TV and Android Wear * Complete Android Studio projects in nearly every chapter Learn how to...* Use the powerful new Android Studio development environment * Build layouts that automatically display properly on any device * Craft more dynamic, intuitive apps with Google's new material design language * Display the right information at the right time with ListViews and adapters * Make apps more responsive with background processes * Add sophisticated navigation with action toolbars and slide-out menus * Integrate images and media into your apps * Save data for your app and create public files that can be used by anyone * Access the cloud to download and parse JSON data * Use SQLite and content providers to create responsive, data-driven apps * Create, update, and cancel tifications * Start developing Android Wearable and TV apps * Use Google Play Services to add location, mapping, and more * Package and publish apps to Google Play and other markets
Carmen Delessio is an experienced application developer who has worked as a developer, technical architect, and CTO in large and small organizations. Carmen began his online development career at Prodigy, where he worked on early Internet applications, shopping apps, and fantasy baseball. He is a graduate of Manhattanville College and lives in Pound Ridge, New York, with his wife, Amy, and daughter, Natalie. Lauren Darcey is responsible for the technical leadership and direction of a small software company specializing in mobile technologies, including Android and iOS consulting services. With more than two decades of experience in professional software production, Lauren is a recognized authority in application architecture and the development of commercial-grade mobile applications. Lauren received a BS in computer science from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Shane Conder has extensive application development experience and has focused his attention on mobile and embedded development for well over a decade. He has designed and developed many commercial applications for Android, iOS, BREW, BlackBerry, J2ME, Palm, and Windows Mobile-some of which have been installed on millions of phones worldwide. Shane has written extensively about the tech industry and is known for his keen insights regarding mobile development platform trends. Shane received a BS in computer science from the University of California, Santa Cruz.