Fully updated for Android Studio 2.3 and Android 7, the goal of this book is to teach the skills necessary
to develop Android based applications using the Android Studio Integrated Development Environment
(IDE) and the Android 7 Software Development Kit (SDK).
Beginning with the basics, this book provides an outline of the steps necessary to set up an Android
development and testing environment. An overview of Android Studio is included covering areas such as
tool windows, the code editor and the Layout Editor tool. An introduction to the architecture of Android
is followed by an in-depth look at the design of Android applications and user interfaces using the
Android Studio environment. More advanced topics such as database management, content providers and
intents are also covered, as are touch screen handling, gesture recognition, camera access and the
playback and recording of both video and audio. This edition of the book also covers printing, transitions
and cloud-based file storage.
The concepts of material design are also covered in detail, including the use of floating action buttons,
Snackbars, tabbed interfaces, card views, navigation drawers and collapsing toolbars.
In addition to covering general Android development techniques, the book also includes Google Play
specific topics such as implementing maps using the Google Maps Android API, in-app billing and
submitting apps to the Google Play Developer Console.
The key new features of Android Studio and Android 7 are also covered in detail including the new
Layout Editor, the ConstraintLayout and ConstraintSet classes, constraint chains, direct reply
notifications, Firebase remote notifications and multi-window support.