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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


In this chapter, you learned how to create a database, use a database contract, and a database open helper. We saw the pattern of the DAO and made basic operations with it. Additionally, we replaced the DAO with a content provider, explaining how the URI matcher works and accessing it through a content resolver.

This allowed us to use CursorLoader with our own implementation of CursorAdapter, which is compatible with RecyclerView, to have a system where the UI is synchronized with the database. To finish the chapter, we saw how to use the popular feature, pull to refresh, to update the content on demand.

In the next chapter, we will take a look at how to add push notifications to our application as well as analytics services with an overview of the differences between the current analytics and push notification options available in the market.