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Android UI Development with Jetpack Compose - Second Edition

By : Thomas Künneth
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Book Image

Android UI Development with Jetpack Compose - Second Edition

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By: Thomas Künneth

Overview of this book

Compose has caused a paradigm shift in Android development, introducing a variety of new concepts that are essential to an Android developer’s learning journey. It solves a lot of pain points associated with Android development and is touted to become the default way to building Android apps over the next few years. This second edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect all changes and additions that were made by Google since the initial stable release, and all examples are based on Material 3 (also called Material You). This book uses practical examples to help you understand the fundamental concepts of Jetpack Compose and how to use them when you are building your own Android applications. You’ll begin by getting an in-depth explanation of the declarative approach, along with its differences from and advantages over traditional user interface (UI) frameworks. Having laid this foundation, the next set of chapters take a practical approach to show you how to write your first composable function. The chapters will also help you master layouts, an important core component of every UI framework, and then move to more advanced topics such as animation, testing, and architectural best practices. By the end of this book, you’ll be able to write your own Android apps using Jetpack Compose and Material Design.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Part 1: Fundamentals of Jetpack Compose
Part 2: Building User Interfaces
Part 3: Advanced Topics

Technical requirements

All the code examples for this book can be found on GitHub at Please download the zipped version or clone the repository to an arbitrary location on your computer. The projects work best with Android Studio Giraffe or later versions. You can download the latest version at Please follow the detailed installation instructions at

To open a project, launch Android Studio, click the Open button in the upper-right area of the Welcome to Android Studio window, and select the base directory of the project in the folder selection dialog. This chapter has one project. It is called Hello and is located inside the chapter_01 folder. Please make sure to not open the base directory of the repository, because Android Studio would not recognize the projects. Instead, you must pick the directory that contains the project you want to work with.

To run a sample app, you need a real device or an Android Emulator. Please make sure that developer options and USB debugging are enabled on the real device, and that the device is connected to your development machine via USB or WLAN. Please follow the instructions at You can also set up an Android Emulator. To get started, please follow the detailed instructions at