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Mastering Android Application Development

By : Antonio Pachon
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Mastering Android Application Development

By: Antonio Pachon

Overview of this book

There are millions of Android apps out there for people to download – how do you make sure yours has the edge? It’s not always about innovation and ideas – the most successful apps are those that are able to satisfy customer demands – they’re the ones that look the best, the fastest, and the easiest and most intuitive to use. This book shows you how to create Android applications that do precisely that – it has been designed help you consider and answer those questions throughout the development process, so you can create applications that stand out against the crowd. Learn how to create exemplary UIs that contribute to a satisfying user experience through the lens of Material Design, and explore how to harness the range of features within the Android SDK to help you. Dive deeper into complex programming concepts and discover how to leverage concurrency and navigate memory management and image handling. You’ll also find further guidance on testing and debugging so you can guarantee that your application is reliable and robust for users. Beyond this you’ll find out how to extend your app and add greater functionality, including notifications, location services, adverts and app billing (essential if you want to properly monetize your creation!). To make sure you have confidence at every stage in the process, the book also shows you how to release your app to the Play store – to make sure your maximising your efforts to create a popular Android application!
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Mastering Android Application Development
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Creating your own cloud database

At this stage of the project, we have to start modeling our own version of MasteringAndroidApp. Feel free to develop your own ideas and use the database for your own data. Follow this example as a guide; you don't necessarily have to copy all the lines of code exactly as I write them. In fact, if you develop your own example at the end of this book, you will have something that you can use. For instance, you can create an app for your own personal use, such as a task reminder, travel diary, personal photo gallery—or anything else that is suitable for storage in the cloud.

You could also try to monetize this app; in this case, you should try to develop something interesting for users. For instance, it can be a news feed reader or recipes reader for food; it can be any app where you can submit content to the cloud and notify users that new content is available.

During this process, we will explain the importance of the Application class, which is used to set...