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Last Updated: November 3rd, 2011

While most of you have heard of Open Source software at this point (I hope you have, anyway), you probably aren't aware that each year Packt Publishing puts on a contest to highlight the best and brightest Open Source projects across all platforms. The contest is currently in its voting stage, ends on October 31, 2011.

The contest features applications in six different categories, including Mobile Toolkits and Libraries, CMS, Most Promising Open Source Project, Business Applications, JavaScript Libraries, and Multimedia Software; with five contenders in each category.

The Giveaway

As such a big supporter of open source software, Packt Publishing has offered to let us give away three print books and three ebooks to six lucky Android Police readers, just for simply checking out the Open Source Awards. Even though it's not a requisite to enter the giveaway, we encourage each and every one of you to check out the applications involved and show some love to those that you find useful, well made, or just all around cool. Since voting ends on Monday, this is your homework for the weekend. Don't forget it!

What You Get

Like I said, we're giving away three print books and three ebooks to six AP readers -- here are just a few examples of all that Packt has to offer:

Android 3.0 Application Development Cookbook

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As its name suggest, this book is all about application development for Android 3.0, but the code throughout the book is also applicable to lower versions, as well.  The book covers all aspects of mobile app development, including application components, screen layout and design, sensor management, multimedia capabilities, and everything in between. Regardless of whether you're a newcomer to the Android apps scene or a seasoned veteran, this book should have something for everyone.

Android User Interface Development: Beginner's Guide

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This one is designed to teach the user no frills interface designed, geared towards beginners. With a "learn by doing" approach, you'll learn all aspects of design theory, including themes and styling to make your app look as good as it possibly can.

Android Application Testing Guide

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Touting itself as "the first and only book that focuses on testing Android applications," this is everything you need to know about how to make sure your app runs stable and efficiently. It offers tried-and-true approaches to testing, as well as explanations as to what each does and how it works, so, by the end of it, you have a thorough understanding of the entire process.

Keep in mind that there are several other books to choose from -- take a look here for the full list.

How to Win

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:
  • Tyler Lane
  • HomerSp
  • Johann Reyes
  • Freak4Dell
  • wirbly
  • A Lee

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.

Entering is easy (as always) -- just drop a comment and you're in. The contest begins immediately and ends on Monday, October 31st at 11:59 PM PT. After that, we'll randomly choose the winners and send out the notifications!

This contest is open to all users across the globe, but print copies are only available to residents of the US and Europe. Users from all other locales are limited to the eBook only.

Good luck, and remember to use a legit email address when you enter so we can get in touch if you win!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Johann Reyes

    Count me in too! Thx

  • Raptor

    I'm in, i'm in...

  • Phil Oakley

    Need one of these books. I'm the leader of teamROU, developing ROU Launcher. These books are vital to how we as a team develop our launcher and the upcoming apps from ROU.

  • Andrew

    Yeah, I'm in too :)

  • kerjani

    Yess, I'm in too! :D
    I hope i win one of these useful books

  • http://themaverick.me mustafa

    There's nothing I love more than writing Android apps.... these book will help a lot!

  • AngelZxxWingZ

    I'm In !!!!
    Hopefully seeing one of these books content on my display.... and benefiting from it..

  • zmijek

    yet another great give-away

  • Stfan

    Great giveaway. Count me in

  • Kuroshima

    Well, I've been wanting to enter Android development for a while, so getting one of those books ought to help me.

  • Weeny

    In it to win it.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/104617509872531167054/posts?hl=en Marius Wishman

    Wow! Gimmi book! ^^

  • Serhio

    Sign me too pls!

  • Cindy McDonald

    I'm into any and everything to do with Android as in.... I absolutely love it. But, my experiences with Android, at this time are only as an obsessed consumer wanting more. So for a chance to get one
    of the free Android Beginners books ....... Then I'm here and I'm asking for a chance. Good luck to all.

  • A Lee

    sign me up please!

  • http://twitter.com/jtwebman Jeff Turner

    Pick Me Pick Me :)

  • Helten

    Winning entry :)

  • Adryan

    Cool would like to win a copy.

  • Freak4Dell

    I'll take a book.

  • Nirmit

    give me this :)

  • http://exitomedia.com william

    it is mineeeee, it is a fact! thanks in advance, I need it :P

  • Deepak Gupta

    Will I win this time? Let's find out :)

  • Philippe Batigne

    I really hope I win this!

  • sbenson1189

    Me me me me me me me. PLEASE

  • Ctannerd

    Wow! these books would be a great read

  • Ctannerd

    please pick me i never win anything

  • Andrew

    crossing my fingers.

  • http://ira.abramov.org/blog Ira

    eBook please, I'm an Israeli :)

  • victor

    I've never won anything online. Hope this can be my lucky time. Very interested in the testing book...

  • Alasdair Collinson

    I'm a great fan of open source projects (e.g. Firefox, Eclipse, Linux, ...) and would love to be part of that world. And a book about that sure wouldn't hurt. ;-)

  • Paolo Vitali

    I just need a good reference help on my desk @ work! awesome giveaway as always! thx AP

  • http://mike.thedt.net Mike

    Here's my comment!

  • geauxtig3rs

    Sweet...I'm in.

  • matt

    here, here, here! i'm in :D

  • Travis

    Always looking to enhance my Android bookshelf!

  • David Erosa

    Well, I do never win anything, but let's try it anyway ;)

  • seeklerhun

    I am ready to win.

  • Jared

    Love Packt. Have a lot of their Drupal books. Would love to get up to speed on Android development!

  • http://www.designfuture.it Emanuele Ricci

    I feel lucky this time :)

  • Michael Morris

    I really want this! I'd love to have a guide on how to do some of this stuff!

  • Harald


  • Lizard

    Random comment generated...

  • Zac Cross

    11th time is a charm right?

  • https://market.android.com/details?id=net.mdtec.sportmate Phil

    could use all of these....

  • Prabho

    Yes, please! I want those books!

  • John d

    I want this, count me please

    john d

  • wirbly

    Yay! Any idea of the approximate ETA? I'm looking forward to reading!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Just pinged our packt contact again - looks like the email was never sent out. Argh.