Get a solid foundation for producing Android apps that people want to use. With this practical book, developers new to mobile development will examine the design and development process for making Android applications, from the development of an initial concept to implementation. You'll learn how user experience concepts work on Android, both from a user perspective, and in code. This book provides examples of existing UI designs to show why they work-or, in many cases, why they don't work. By understanding how consumers use their apps, you'll learn how to build excellent Android apps of your own. Focus on design aspects of the platform, and the thought processes involved in making great apps Learn why Android's user interface has evolved in the way it has Work with exercises to reinforce the concepts delivered in each chapter
Christopher has been an Android developer since 2009, working full-time with the platform since 2011, seeing the platform evolve from Android 2.1. He has worked for clients in California and Australia, including working as lead developer on the Meebo for Android client in 2011. Since 2012, he has been working for Asdeq Labs, in Hobart, Australia, doing research and development for their Android phone and tablet client. He's co-presented Android design and development tutorials at O'Reilly OSCON every year since 2011, and has presented on Android development at various Open Source and Mobile conferences since then. Paris Buttfield-Addison is a co-founder of Secret Lab, an independent game development studio based in Tasmania, Australia. He is a mobile app engineer, game designer, and researcher with a passion for making technology simpler and as engaging as possible. Paris recently submitted a PhD investigating how people use tablets for information management.Jon Manning is a co-founder of Secret Lab, an independent game development studio based in Tasmania, Australia. He is a game designer and programmer who's worked on all kinds of projects, ranging from iPad games for children to instant messaging clients. Jon is about to submit a PhD exploring the manipulation of online social networks.