About this Book
Android in Action, Third Edition is a revision and update of, you guessed it, the Second Edition, published in January 2011. This third edition adds new content related to Android’s push into the tablet space as well as enhancements to various sub-systems within the Android platform. Like its predecessors, this book covers important beginner topics such as “What is Android?” and installing and using the development environment. We then advance to practical working examples of core programming topics any developer will be happy to have at the ready on the reference shelf. The remaining chapters present detailed example applications covering advanced topics, including a complete field-service application, localization, and material on Android web applications, Bluetooth, sensors, AppWidgets, and integration adapters. We even include two chapters on writing applications in C—one for the native side of Android and one using the more generally accepted method of employing the Android Native Development Kit. Brand-new content covering tablet programming is found in chapters 20 through 22. Chapters 20–22 specifically require Android SDK 3.0 and beyond, whereas the balance of the book is compatible with 2.x versions of Android.