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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


Android Wear is what many wearable devices run on. You might have a smartwatch yourself. Will wearables be the next hype after phones, phablets, and tablets? Or will smartwatches become part of something bigger, such as the Internet of Things (IoT)?

Android Wear is a special version of the Android SDK and is dedicated to wearables that are often more limited in hardware and available sensors and have smaller screens. Wearables may appear as watches, glasses, or maybe in future as contact lenses, tattoos, or clothing.

Currently, we see wearables appearing mostly as watches but there are plenty of other wearable devices that you can think of. However, it will take some time for people to adopt this new technology. Think of the Google Glass project for example. It is a brilliant solution but mostly because of the built-in camera, people are having serious objections to it. In San Francisco, they have even made up a word for it: glass hole. Hmm. That is not really flattering is it...