Kindle Fire App Development Essentials Book

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The goal of Kindle Fire App Development Essentials is to teach the skills necessary to develop Android based applications for the Kindle Fire family of devices.

Beginning with the basics, this book provides an outline of the steps necessary to set up an Android development environment. An introduction to the architecture of Android is followed by an in-depth look at the design of Android applications and user interfaces. More advanced topics such as database management, content providers and intents are also covered, as are touch screen handling, gesture recognition, camera access and the playback and recording of both video and audio.

In addition to covering general Android development techniques, the book also includes Amazon and Kindle Fire specific topics such as creating Kindle Fire emulators for application testing, connecting Kindle Fire devices to the debugging environment, using the Amazon In-App Purchasing and Mobile Ads APIs, implementing maps using the Amazon Maps API and submitting apps to the Amazon Mobile App Distribution portal.

Kindle Fire App Development Essentials takes a modular approach to the subject of Android development for the Kindle Fire with each chapter covering a self-contained topic area with detailed explanations, examples and tutorials. This makes the book both an easy to follow learning aid and an excellent reference resource.

A copy of this book, a little Java programming experience and access to a Windows, Mac or Linux system are all you need to get started.

Product Details

Print Edition Page Count: 496
Print Page Size: 7.5" x 9.25"
Language: English
eBook Format: PDF, ePub, MOBI (Kindle)
Price: $9.99 (eBook)

Book Contents

  • Introduction to Kindle Fire App Development Essentials
  • An Overview of the Kindle Fire
  • Setting up a Kindle Fire Android Development Environment
  • Creating a Kindle Fire Android Virtual Device (AVD)
  • Creating an Example Kindle Fire Android Application
  • Testing Android Applications on a Physical Kindle Fire Device with ADB
  • An Overview of the Kindle Fire Android Architecture
  • The Anatomy of an Android Application
  • Understanding Android Application and Activity Lifecycles
  • Handling Android Activity State Changes
  • Android Activity State Changes - An Example Application
  • Saving and Restoring the User Interface State of an Android Activity
  • Understanding Android Views, View Groups and Layouts
  • Designing an Android User Interface using the Graphical Layout Tool
  • Creating an Android User Interface in Java Code
  • An Overview and Example of Android Event Handling
  • Android Touch and Multi-touch Event Handling
  • Detecting Common Gestures using the Android Gesture Detector Class
  • Implementing Android Custom Gesture and Pinch Recognition
  • An Introduction to Android Fragments
  • Using Fragments in Android - A Worked Example
  • Creating and Managing Android Overflow Menus on the Kindle Fire
  • An Overview of Android Intents
  • Android Explicit Intents - A Worked Example
  • Android Implicit Intents - A Worked Example
  • Android Broadcast Intents and Broadcast Receivers
  • A Basic Overview of Android Threads and Thread handlers
  • An Overview of Android Started and Bound Services
  • Implementing an Android Started Service - A Worked Example
  • Android Local Bound Services - A Worked Example
  • Android Remote Bound Services - A Worked Example
  • An Overview of Android SQLite Databases
  • An Android TableLayout and TableRow Tutorial
  • An Android SQLite Database Tutorial
  • Understanding Android Content Providers
  • Implementing an Android Content Provider
  • Implementing Video Playback on Android using the VideoView and MediaController Classes
  • Video Recording and Image Capture on the Kindle Fire using Camera Intents
  • Kindle Fire Audio Recording and Playback using MediaPlayer and MediaRecorder
  • Working with the Amazon Maps API on the Kindle Fire
  • A Kindle Fire Amazon Maps API Tutorial
  • Marking Android Map Locations using Amazon Map Overlays
  • An Overview of the Amazon In-App Purchasing API
  • A Simple Amazon In-App Purchasing Example Application
  • Integrating Ads with the Amazon Mobile Ads API
  • A Kindle Fire Amazon Mobile Ads API Example Application
  • Handling Different Kindle Fire Devices and Displays
  • Submitting an Application to the Amazon Mobile App Distribution Portal

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