With 77 in-depth chapters, over 800 pages and more than 47 example app projects (including the source code) this book provides everything you need to successfully develop and deploy Android apps using Android Studio.
Fully updated for Android Studio 2.2 and Android 7, the goal of this book is to teach the skills necessary to develop Android based applications using the Android Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and the Android 7 Software Development Kit (SDK).
Beginning with the basics, this book provides an outline of the steps necessary to set up an Android development and testing environment. An overview of Android Studio is included covering areas such as tool windows, the code editor and the Layout Editor tool. An introduction to the architecture of Android is followed by an in-depth look at the design of Android applications and user interfaces using the Android Studio environment.
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. This edition of the book also covers printing, transitions and cloud-based file storage.
The concepts of material design are also covered in detail, including the use of floating action buttons, Snackbars, tabbed interfaces, card views, navigation drawers and collapsing toolbars.
The key new features of Android Studio and Android 7 are also covered in detail including the new Layout Editor, the ConstraintLayout and ConstraintSet classes, constraint chains, direct reply notifications, Firebase remote notifications and multi-window support.
Chapters also cover advanced features of Android Studio such as Gradle build configuration and the implementation of build variants to target multiple Android device types from a single project code base.
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