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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
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Google Volley and OkHttp

To master Android, we can't depend on a solution such as Parse. As developers, we must be prepared to face different server-side solutions. We can't always work with ParseObjects because we need to be able to do an HTTP Post request and consume the data in the JSON or XML format. However, this doesn't mean that we have to do all of this manually; we can use Google's official libraries to help us with parsing the data and the network requests.

For this, we will take a look at Google Volley, a powerful library, to manage our network requests. We will also discuss OkHttp, an ultrafast HTTP client, and combining the two them to get an amazing solution for network requests.

Google Volley

According to the official definition and list of features from, "Volley is an HTTP library that makes networking for Android apps easier and, most importantly, faster".

Volley offers the following benefits:

  • Automatic scheduling of network...