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Last Updated: November 19th, 2011

Packt Publishing is back again with another new book, and to celebrate, we've teamed up for a giveaway. The book in question is Android 3.0 Animations: Beginners Guide, available now for $41 for a print copy or just $23 for the eBook (or $45 for both).

The Giveaway

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Written by Alex Shaw and spanning 304 pages, the book is devoted entirely to what is (sadly) an oft-neglected aspect of Android development: creating and utilizing animations. Though the emphasis is on Android 3.0+, many of the techniques can be used for previous versions of Android. You may be asking yourself why you would deal with animations in particular?

An enjoyable, understandable, and eye-catching user interface is a key part of getting users to love your app. Users today expect a polished multimedia experience on their mobile device, and animation is a core part of that. The Android operating system is at the forefront of tablet and smartphone technology, and there is a plethora of opportunities for developing exciting applications with animation.

Certainly hard to argue with that.

How To Win

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:
  • RazorHail
  • Andrew (RF)
  • Jon (K K)
  • Jonathan (AF)
  • BU

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

If anyone is interested in reviewing this title, contact Packt at [email protected] with the subject line "Android 3.0 Animations - Review request."

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 the giveaway is, as always, very simple. Check out the product description, and pick out what aspect of the book most appeals to you. Let us know what it is and why via the comments below. Be sure to include your real email address in the email field, as that's how we'll contact you to let you know you've won.

The giveaway ends on Friday, November 18 at 11:59 PM PST, at which time the winners will be chosen at random. It's open to anyone in the world, though only entrants in the US and Europe are eligible for a print copy; entrants from other locales will receive the eBook.

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.

  • Hugh Thomas

    because it's for beginners :D

  • Sami

    Android needs more live wallpapers and this book might just help me to implement those.

  • http://www.martynhaigh.com Martyn

    I've been hacking my way through Android animations up until this point - this would be an awesome way to learn to do it properly. Also who doesn't want to Move, distort, and generally mess around with parts of your user interface?? G'wan... make my day!

  • http://www.taow.fr kouray

    "Design your animations to look great and work well on different Android devices"
    For all the subtleties android has regarding the screen size

  • luke

    "I want to write an application with elements of animation, but now I do not know how to do it and this book tells me."
    I want to write application with elements of animation but currently I do not know how to do it and this book tell mi it.


  • monoik

    "Step-by-step approach" - as I'm a beginner in the world of Android animations.

  • Jon

    from simple stop motion animations and fades, through to moving input forms, then on to 3D motion and game graphics.

  • RazorHail

    The thing that I'm actually most interested in is the general idea of building sophisticated animations for android.
    I've been building some minor android apps so far...
    but they're all rather stale and boring....I would figure that including animations would really make the apps feel more "alive"

    and I also hope that this books is going to cover Renderscript (which was newly introduced in Android 3)

  • sungam

    I want my app to look better.

  • teovald

    i need to learn how to do better transitions between activities, this books looks like a good start.

  • http://mgamerzproductions.com Mgamerz

    Being able to make my application stand out yet remain elegant will give applications I develop a robust appeal to end users. As long as the underlying code itself works as intended, polish can only make a product shine even more, and this book could help me do that.

  • Robin

    Cause I want to win again^^

  • Chris

    The beginners step by step approach so I can learn to right way to get my apps looking great!

  • Scott

    I would love to learn how to make some nice animations :)

  • Freak4Dell

    This will go nicely next to the one I won earlier...my bookshelf will look empty if I only have one book on it.

  • jf dionne

    Animations.... No clue how to do them.....

  • Bruce Cheek

    "Create Dazzling 3D motion with a few simple principles" is what appeals most to me about this book. The apps I've co-written are sadly lacking in the area of graphics.

  • BU

    "Create a live wallpaper to bring motion to your home-screen" - I've had a few ideas brewing in my head but I need helping putting those into code.

  • David

    -Create a live wallpaper to bring motion to your home-screen
    -Design your animations to look great and work well on different Android devices


  • Rohan

    "Step by step" -> Good for me, since I am a beginner developer for Android! I already know how to develop for other platforms in Java, but I have never done Android before!

  • ash

    I want to learn how to do 3D animation from the book.

  • tyler

    The live wallpaper section really intrigued me.

  • jon c

    Contrary to what people think, this book will allow people like me to move past being "just a user"..

  • Tal

    Making a frame animation i need all the help i can get

  • Travis

    Tutorials and Real World examples are the best way for me to learn.

  • aj34

    "Step-by-step approach" will really help me get started quickly. Thanks for the contest!

  • Gregg Martinson

    "Design your animations to look great and work well on different Android devices"

  • Brian L

    Wanna try my hand at making animated backgrounds for androids, this book could really help me along.

  • Michael

    To create stunning animations and give my Android apps a fun and intuitive user experience. Snap, pazzaz and the wow factor are important as an initial experience to my users. Keeping them engaged and using my app regularly requires an intuitive interface and experience. A beginners guide is an excellent example of presenting simple, powerfull and sometimes complex information in an easy to use style. I look forward to embracing many of the techniques and methodologies from this book into my own applications. Thank you for writting this book!!

  • jak3072

    i want one! always wanted to learn how to create live wallpapers.

    With this i'll become developer & not just another user.

  • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

    The 3D motion and Game Graphics part seems very interesting.

  • ocdtrekkie

    Animations are the biggest thing I'm stuck on with Android programming. I have a program in mind, and even started, but without some help on animations, I'm going nowhere.

  • Murphy

    I want to make my apps pretty with nice animations!

  • Andrew

    I like that it shows you how to "Design your animations to look great and work well on different Android devices".

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

    I really like this part: Design your animations to look great and work well on different Android devices.

    At the moment I'm more confident only in the smartphone part of the development process.

    Thank you!

  • Jeppe

    I really like the idea of learning howto create a live wallpaper with emphasis on the animation, and being able to design my animations so they look good on all android devices, as I don't just want nice animation to look good on one device.

  • http://kennydude.me Joe Simpson

    I love to read about android and this concept is difficult to understand. :D

  • lajvy

    "If you are familiar with developing Android applications and want to bring your apps to life by adding smashing animations, then this book is for you."

    This is exactly what I want to do. I'm developing apps today, but they to need to look prettier and more smoothly animated!

  • Martin Rajniak

    I think that with all the power that new smart devices offer we have a great opportunity to build really nice GUI applications with 3D animations.

    I was already playing with the thought how to enhance my applications and this book can be a very good start.

  • Mauro

    Because its for begginers, and I always wanted to do animation for Android (this is my biggest leak as a developer).

  • Borche Georgiev

    wanna learn open gl and other animation techniques for android 3.0

  • arellanosac

    To be familiar with developing Android applications and to bring my apps to life by learning to add smashing and stunning animations for android applications and games, this core of the book is what I look forward the most.

  • A_P lover

    TO learn something new everyday will be as GUD to have Android with us
    and it Deals with ANIME... :)

  • Allison

    It starts with very simple graphics and takes you into more complex ones. I'm a graphics/animation newbie!

  • Dimitris Manargias

    I want to learn how to build custom live wallpapers so that my phones has it's own unique live wallpaper animations.

  • thekindladies

    The whole book is interesting. If I have to pick one thing it'll be "You will become adept at moving and transforming form data to bring boring old input forms and displays to life.". Why? Because I like to learn.

  • Alasdair

    Android UI is becomming more beautiful and I don't want to be stuck with the old, ugly stuff.

  • JLyle

    I would like to learn how to create live wallpapers. Add a little extra personal flare to my phone.

  • Jonathan

    Because it covers the beauty of an app. Knowing how to make an app is important, but consumers look for beauty, and this book teaches how to make your app visually stunning!

  • Ryan

    Very interested in making live wall papers and since I'm a beginner, I think it would be a very beneficial book to have.

  • Kyle

    I want to make my apps more appealing and attractive to consumers and beautiful animations can help with that.

  • Kree Terry

    Would love to win this book, good luck everyone.

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

    I have been building android apps for only a few months and it seems that the tablet is behind because not enough developers build apps for them. I would love to learn to Dazzle 3D motion and make some apps that make Android shine!

  • Jonathan

    "Design your animations to look great and work well on different Android devices" this!

  • http://androidpolice.com andrew

    cause animations are cool ;)

  • http://www.joedonofry.com Joseph Donofry

    My favorite part is "Design animations to look great and work well on different android devices." Why? Well, the UI is one of the most important aspects of software. It determines the user's initial reaction to the software (once they've actually downloaded it) and determines how professional the app feels. Creating a unified experience across devices gives the app that much more professional appeal. Creating the animations so that they work well means the interaction between the device and the user is a good one. The user should focus on using the software rather than noticing blemishes in the UI.

  • Martins

    My favorite part is:

    "Create a live wallpaper to bring motion to your home-screen"

    I'm fascinated by screen savers and the possibility to create my own screen savers was the best that could happen

  • http://bevonfindley.com Bevon

    I love this book because it lets me be a part of the greatest mobile os ever. Teaches me how i can give back to the community something that's even as simple as a live wallpaper.

  • Mostafa

    "Create Dazzling 3D motion with a few simple principles"
    I've always wanted to learn how to create 3D motions in applications, and this book looks perfect because they say it only takes a "few simple principles," showing that they can teach me how to do it in an easy-to-learn manner.

  • Zac Cross

    I would love to learn to make animations such as live wallpapers. I also enjoy the fact that it is for beginners so I don't have to feel like an expert to be able to start using it!

  • https://plus.google.com/110084792940352260039/ Victor

    My lack of knowledge in implementing a visually-appealing interface is the only reason I haven't taken the time to sit down and build what I want. I know people like pretty, and I have no idea where to begin.

    This book sounds like the perfect start.

  • Andrew

    "Create a live wallpaper to bring motion to your home-screen"
    I've always wanted to experiment with Live Wallpaper first before going full-on with creating games

  • Apostolos

    I want to learn how to create android animations!

    Good luck!