Last Updated: September 25th, 2011

Once again, we're teaming up with informIT to give away yet another book. This time around, it's perhaps what you'd call a higher-level book that might be especially useful to those familiar with developing, though it's still accessible to those just starting out. The book: Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK.

The Book


Written by James Steele and Nelson To and published in October, 2010, the book spans a whopping 400 pages. It's available in both eBook and print for $25.59 (or $24.34 on Amazon) and $31.99, respectively - or $43.19 for both.

Want to get started building applications for Android, the world’s hottest, fast-growing mobile platform? Already building Android applications and want to get better at it? This book brings together all the expert guidance–and code–you’ll need!

Completely up-to-date to reflect the newest and most widely used Android SDKs, The Android Developer’s Cookbook is the essential resource for developers building apps for any Android device, from phones to tablets.

Proven, modular recipes take you from the absolute basics to advanced location-based services, security techniques, and performance optimization. You’ll learn how to write apps from scratch, ensure interoperability, choose the best solutions for common problems, and avoid development pitfalls. Coverage includes:

  • Implementing threads, services, receivers, and other background tasks
  • Providing user alerts
  • Organizing user interface layouts and views
  • Managing user-initiated events such as touches and gestures
  • Recording and playing audio and video
  • Using hardware APIs available on Android devices
  • Interacting with other devices via SMS, web browsing, and social networking
  • Storing data efficiently with SQLite and its alternatives
  • Accessing location data via GPS
  • Using location-related services such as the Google Maps API
  • Building faster applications with native code
  • Providing backup and restore with the Android Backup Manager
  • Testing and debugging apps throughout the development cycle

Turn to The Android Developer’s Cookbook for proven, expert answers–and the code you need to implement them. It’s all you need to jumpstart any Android project, and create high-value, feature-rich apps that sell!

Sound like just what you need to step your game up to the next level? Read on to find out how you can be one of the five winners of a free copy.

How To Win

This contest is now over. We have selected the winners:
  • Txsrooter
  • Warren Meyer
  • Justin F.
  • rwseif
  • Maniac

Congratulations, guys - all of you will be contacted for your information in the near future.

Everyone else - keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don't miss our upcoming giveaway announcements. You can follow AP on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and RSS.

Same deal as the last time, folks: just leave a comment to this post (below) and be sure to include your actual email address in the "Mail" column - we need it to contact you should you win. There are no rules for what kind of comment in particular, but may we suggest leaving something funny, witty, or why you deserve the book?

The contest will run until Wednesday, September 21 at 11:59 PM PST. Winners will then be chosen at random and contacted via email. The contest is, again, open to everyone in the world.

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • wonsorp

    Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?

    I think so, Brain, but if they called them "sad meals" no one would buy them

  • doseas

    Just the thing I need to start Android development

  • Greg

    Building Android apps beats taking a nap any day. This will be a start.

  • Nira

    Just what i need to start

  • http://plus.psylink.net Scott Psylink Rager

    Pick me or I will make a voodoo doll of you and fill it with catnip, then toss it in a box with schrodingers cat.

  • http://www.mydoomsday86.blogspot.com DooDoo

    I need the book, my granny nagging me to learn how to cook Android >_<!!

  • E

    I have a Java toy that does rap
    I'd love to make it into an app
    So a reference to droid-ing
    Would help in avoiding
    Me making an app that is crap

  • MJ

    I have been wanting to get into Android programming and this book would be perfect...

  • Frrantisek Ciompa

    Yes, I will have it. :-D

  • Kiran Parmar

    Send it to me directly... dont make others comment for it.. ;)

  • Dan

    Wow, looks just what i'm after!

  • Brad

    Error: object reference not set to an instance of an object. Ready to move to a higher level of programming.

  • Brad

    Error: object reference not set to an instance of an object. Ready to move up in the dev world

  • http://www.yazilimkampanyalari.com/ myimmortalize

    Count me in please...

  • Sachin

    I am trying to develop android applications nowadays and this book will be a boon to me.Thanks for hosting this great giveaway.Please count me in.

  • Shubham

    Great giveaway.Please count me in.

  • Edwinek

    I'll have one please, it looks great.

  • ernest0

    Maybe it can help me to lose weight... Maybe to lose my wife too...

  • Andrew

    I wanna make a game about a droid that wears a poptart costume, then fly & smashes through windows, while eating apples and pooping out double rainbow

  • Andrew

    I wanna make a game about a droid wearing a poptart costume, that flies & smashes through windows, while eating apples & berries and pooping out double rainbow

  • Alan

    I'll take 2 please

  • Cov

    Thats a comment.

  • Giokas D.

    I want birthday present and this book is the best!!

  • sotiris

    this book is my dream...come on baby!!!!!

  • Weeny

    yes, perfect after quitting my job.

  • Will Mapp

    I need this book as a companion guide to writing iOS apps. It will make me more well rounded.

  • Shaun

    I love Android and would like to learn how to cook!

  • Alasdair

    I'm working on my first Android app right now but there's still lots to learn. This book would certainly help. :-)

  • MIke

    I want to learn Android so this is perfect. THanks

  • Arunas

    weeee .... its my chance :)

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  • Vinod

    I want this book :D

  • Aaron

    As an aspiring chef, I've been looking for a good cookbook for a few weeks now. This looks like the perfect one to complement my palette.

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  • http://capitalofegypt.com cOoK’N’dRoId

    That opportunity will sure help me learn how to wrap an app with a recipe cooked by the book

  • Anmol

    As a Chef I always wanted to cook this amazing dish. Don't stop it baby let it roll....

  • Maniac

    Thanks Guys!!!

  • http://makingmoneywithandroid.com/ David Webb

    I'd love to win this book. I've been developing Android apps for a few months now, and would definitely appreciate the guidance on best practices for common application frameworks.
    Cheers from Australia!

  • Arpit

    Didn't won again. Damm unlucky again :((

  • Warren Meyer

    Sweet! I won! Thank you so much!

  • P. Bueno

    This book would really be helpful.