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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

Chapter 9. Push Notifications and Analytics

We will start the chapter by talking about push notifications. You will learn how to implement custom solutions with notifications using Google Cloud Messaging, both on the server side and app side. Then, we will add notifications with Parse to our example. To finish with notifications, we will display our custom notifications using NotificationCompat.

In the second half of the chapter, we will talk about analytics. Having analytics to track what the user does in our app is essential to know how the user behaves, allowing us to identify patterns and improve the experience. We will implement one example with Parse and take an overview of the most popular solutions in the market.

  • Push notifications

    • Sending and receiving with GCM

    • Notifications from Parse

    • NotificationCompat

  • Analytics

    • Analytics with Parse

  • Error report