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Android Programming: Pushing the Limits

Erik Hellman

ISBN: 978-1-118-71735-6 October 2013 432 Pages


Unleash the power of the Android OS and build the kinds of brilliant, innovative apps users love to use

If you already know your way around the Android OS and can build a simple Android app in under an hour, this book is for you. If you’re itching to see just how far you can push it and discover what Android is really capable of, it’s for you. And if you’re ready to learn how to build advanced, intuitive, innovative apps that are a blast to use, this book is definitely for you.

From custom views and advanced multi-touch gestures, to integrating online web services and exploiting the latest geofencing and activity recognition features, ace Android developer, Erik Hellman, delivers expert tips, tricks and little-known techniques for pushing the Android envelope so you can:

  • Optimize your components for the smoothest user experience possible
  • Create your own custom Views
  • Push the boundaries of the Android SDK
  • Master Android Studio and Gradle
  • Make optimal use of the Android audio, video and graphics APIs
  • Program in Text-To-Speech and Speech Recognition
  • Make the most of the new Android maps and location API
  • Use Android connectivity technologies to communicate with remote devices
  • Perform background processing
  • Use Android cryptography APIs
  • Find and safely use hidden Android APIs
  • Cloud-enable your applications with Google Play Services
  • Distribute and sell your applications on Google Play Store

Learn how to unleash the power of Android and transform your apps from good to great in Android Programming: Pushing the Limits.

Introduction 1

Part I Building a Better Foundation 7

Chapter 1 Fine-Tuning Your Development Environment 9

Chapter 2 Efficient Java Code for Android 33

Part II Getting the Most Out of Components 55

Chapter 3 Components, Manifests, and Resources 57

Chapter 4 Android User Experience and Interface Design 77

Chapter 5 Android User Interface Operations 93

Chapter 6 Services and Background Tasks 111

Chapter 7 Android IPC 131

Chapter 8 Mastering BroadcastReceivers and Configuration Changes 151

Chapter 9 Data Storage and Serialization Techniques 165

Chapter 10 Writing Automated Tests 191

Part III Pushing the Limits 205

Chapter 11 Advanced Audio, Video, and Camera Applications 207

Chapter 12 Secure Android Applications 231

Chapter 13 Maps, Location, and Activity APIs 249

Chapter 14 Native Code and JNI 267

Chapter 15 The Hidden Android APIs 287

Chapter 16 Hacking the Android Platform 299

Chapter 17 Networking, Web Service, and Remote APIs 319

Chapter 18 Communicating with Remote Devices 349

Chapter 19 Google Play Services 369

Chapter 20 Distributing Applications on Google Play Store 389

Index 403

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