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Beginning Android 4 Application Development

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Understand Android OS for both smartphone and tablet programmingThis fast-paced introduction to the newest release of Android OS gives aspiring mobile app developers what they need to know to program for today's hottest Android smartphones and tablets. Android 4 OS is, for the first time, a single solution for both smartphones and tablets, so if you master the information ...more
Paperback, 533 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Wrox Press (first published February 3rd 2012)
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The best book I've ever read on Android development--and I've tried a few, including Wrox's "Professional Android 2 Application Development" and CommonsWare's "The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development"--two titles oft cited as best in class by responders on StackOverflow.

This book blows those titles out of the water. While other books spend the first 200 pages on Android-specific XML, this book introduces what you need to know about view XML as you go along, diving right into the real meat
If you're an experienced developer, I think you'd be better off reading the official documentation. There were too many topics that were casually explained (the JSON topic comes to mind), leaving the reader with a lot of missing detail.

Especially by the end with all the Android Market screenshots, I thought the author was aiming just for a higher page count.
Certainly one of the best books for beginners. Examples are working and clearly explained step by step. There are a lot of code snippets that are worth saving.
Moussaoui Abdrrahmn
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I liked this book and actually created a simple app for my tablet. It was fun!
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