Android in Action, 3rd Edition by Frank Ableson, Robi Sen, Chris King, Enrique Ortiz

By Frank Ableson, Robi Sen, Chris King, Enrique Ortiz

Android in motion, 3rd variation takes you a long way past "Hello Android." you are going to grasp the SDK, construct WebKit apps utilizing HTML five, or even learn how to expand or exchange Android's integrated positive aspects. you will discover attention-grabbing examples on each web page as you discover cross-platform pictures with RenderScript, the up-to-date notification method, and the local improvement package. This publication additionally introduces very important pill options like drag-and-drop, fragments, and the motion Bar, all new in Android three.

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1 Empowering intuitive UIs The power of Android’s application framework lies in the way it brings a web mindset to mobile applications. This doesn’t mean the platform has only a powerful browser and is limited to clever JavaScript and server-side resources, but rather it goes to the core of how the Android platform works and how users interact with the mobile device. The power of the internet is that everything is just a click away. Those clicks are known as Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), or alternatively, Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs).

Historically, Android-powered devices have been brought to market by others such as HTC, Samsung, and Motorola, to name the larger players. Starting in mid-2011, Google began to further flex its muscles with the acquisition of Motorola’s mobile business division. Speculation has it that Google’s primary interest is in Motorola’s patent portfolio, because the intellectual property scene has heated up considerably. A secondary reason may be to acquire the Motorola Xoom platform as Android continues to reach beyond cell phones into tablets and beyond.

If you’re not comfortable or ready to begin coding, you might want to jump to chapter 2, where we introduce the development environment step-by-step. 4 The Intent of Android development Let’s jump into the fray of Android development, focus on an important component of the Android platform, and expand to take a broader view of how Android applications are constructed. An important and recurring theme of Android development is the Intent. An Intent in Android describes what you want to do. ” Intents are important because they not only facilitate navigation in an innovative way, as we’ll discuss next, but also represent the most important aspect of Android coding.

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