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Android Studio Cookbook

By : Mike van Drongelen
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Android Studio Cookbook

By: Mike van Drongelen

Overview of this book

This book starts with an introduction of Android Studio and why you should use this IDE rather than Eclipse. Moving ahead, it teaches you to build a simple app that requires no backend setup but uses Google Cloud or Parse instead. After that, you will learn how to create an Android app that can send and receive text and images using Google Cloud or Parse as a backend. It explains the concepts of Material design and how to apply them to an Android app. Also, it shows you how to build an app that runs on an Android wear device. Later, it explains how to build an app that takes advantage of the latest Android SDK while still supporting older Android versions. It also demonstrates how the performance of an app can be improved and how memory management tools that come with the Android Studio IDE can help you achieve this. By the end of the book, you will be able to develop high quality apps with a minimum amount of effort using the Android Studio IDE.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Android Studio Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers


With the introduction of material design, the looks of Android apps will finally mature. They can compete very well with iOS designs. Android material apps have a flat design, but come with some interesting differences such as elevations. Consider the following figure for example:

Think of it as multiple slides of paper. It is based on, well, materials. Each slide of paper has a particular elevation. So, the environment is in fact a 3D world with effects such as light and shadow. Any motion should have real-world behaviour as if the moved elements are real physical objects. Animation is another important element of material design.

First have a look at to see what material design is all about. Sure, many things are interesting for designers in particular, and you probably are interested only in the implementation of all this beautiful stuff; however, this link provides you with a little bit more context about...