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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

The importance of analytics

It's very important to know what the user does with your app. Analytics help us understand which screens are most visited, which products the users buy in our app, and why certain users drop out during the registration process along with obtaining information pertaining to gender, location, age, and so on.

We can even track crashes that users have in our app along with information about the device model, android version, crash logs, and so on.

This data helps us improve user experience, for instance, if we see that the user is not behaving with the app as we anticipated. It helps define our product; if we have different features in our app, we can determine which is the most used. It helps us know the audience, which can be beneficial for marketing purposes. With crash reports, it's easier to keep the app free of bugs and crashes.

We will use Parse as an example to start tracking some events.

Analytics with Parse

Without adding any extra code and only with the Parse...