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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

Communicate with other apps using content providers

If you read Google's documentation about content providers, you will notice that a content provider basically is intended to supply data from one application to others on request. Such requests are handled by the methods of the ContentResolver class.

We will create a new app that will read our daily thoughts from the other one.

Getting ready

For this recipe, you need to have completed the previous one successfully. Make sure you have added some thoughts to your app as well or there'll be nothing to read otherwise, as Captain Obvious could tell us.

How to do it...

First we will create a new app. It is going to read our thoughts. That's for sure!

  1. Create a new project in Android Studio, name it DailyAnalytics, and click on the OK button.

  2. Select Phone and tablet and click on the Next button.

  3. Choose Blank Activity and click on the Next button.

  4. Accept all values in the Customize the activity view and click on the Finish button.

  5. Open the AndroidManifest...