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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 add notifications to our app. We implemented push notifications with Parse and discussed how to create our custom notifications service using Google Cloud Messaging, with all the code needed on the client side and tools to test the server side. In the second half of the chapter, we introduced analytics, explaining why they are important, and tracked events with Parse. An important aspect in the analytics world is the error report. We tracked the errors in our apps using Parse and HockeyApp as well. To finish, we took an overview of other analytics solutions, such as Google Analytics and Adobe Omniture.

In the next chapter, we will work with location services and learn how to add MapView to our example, displaying a Google map with location markers.