Last Updated: December 29th, 2011

This afternoon we have yet another developer book giveaway, this time you'll be entering to win one of ten copies of Sams Teach Yourself Android Application Development in 24 Hours (2d Edition) by Lauren Darcey and Shane Conder, thanks to our friends at InformIT.

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:
  • christopher Woodward
  • D.L. Wall
  • jayavignesh reddy
  • Cory JB*
  • Lucan
  • Alex Vidrean
  • gwood
  • wyngo
  • daroz
  • skmpowdjy

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.

Here's a summary of the 512-page book:

Android is the world's #1 mobile development platform, and with the new Android 3.0, it's becoming as popular for tablets as it is for smartphones. If you are a beginner, in just 24 lessons of one hour or less, this friendly, full-color book will help you master modern Android development. You can build a fully-featured app from scratch, learning all the skills you'll need to create your own. Each lesson builds on prior chapters, providing a solid foundation for success. This edition is thoroughly updated for Android's newest features and development tools, while still supporting the popular Android 2.0. Coverage includes:

  • Using Eclipse to write apps quickly and efficiently
  • Understanding the application lifecycle
  • Building robust, friendly user interfaces
  • Retrieving, storing, and using data
  • Adding network, social, and location-based features
  • Supporting the camera and other hardware
  • Internationalizing, testing, and publishing apps

Winners will be able to choose either a hard copy or eBook edition.

How To Enter

In the comments section below, (before you even get that far, PLEASE make sure you put a valid email address in the email field below the name field for your comment) tell us the why you want to learn how to develop Android apps using Sams Teach Yourself Android Application Development in 24 Hours. Be creative, funny, or silly - we'll randomly select ten entries as winners.

This contest will run for 24 hours - meaning it will end at 2PM PST on December 18th, 2011.

This contest is open to residents of the following countries:


Good luck, everyone!

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Hellion

    I would really love to make alarm clock that would not annoy me every morning and that I would love and wake up as a happy man every time :) and Im first

    • MrTuring

      Old-school analog techy geek traded in his little "greenie" for a memory stick. Now needs to learn some programming skills to stay relevant in the marketplace.

  • Deepak Gupta

    So that I can make an app which reminds me to enter all the awesome giveaways at AP :D

  • Pedro Pina

    to make some kick-ass APP's for the droid community!

  • Chris D

    It has been said that for every need, "there's an app for that." I challenge that assumption, and would like to create an app for that unmet need. This book will help me do this. THAT, my friends, is why I would like to win this book! :)

  • sriracha

    because the future will be controlled by apps. gotta get my foot in the door now!

  • Mads Gluud

    So i can earn a hell of alot of money! And i have a game i have wanted to make for 3 years!

  • Michael Thomsen

    I might need to make an android app for my bachelor, and this would be a nice place to start.

  • Kit

    I would love one to create an app that can win a Nobel Prize!!!

  • ryan

    it's always good to learn :)

  • Mark Arslan

    Need to diversify my experience while leveraging my synergy.

  • Robin

    In order to provide the open source community with something and bringing me in in brilliant Android development.

  • Tommy

    Well, I actually asked you guys awhile back what would be some good books to read to help someone who is a noob when it comes to Android development. This looks like one of those books to me!

  • Chris

    So I can make enough money to move out (I'm still living with my parents) and I really really don't feel like getting an ordinary job.

  • Jeremy

    Although I don't want to spend my whole life hammering on code, I would want to learn on how to create an app about something useful in life. /thats what all programmers say.

  • Gicos

    I want to make a good app for the Android Community :)

  • Aaron

    I took an Android Development class this quarter at my school and it was an utter, utter failure. It was poorly taught and not rigorous or thorough at all. I want to get that bad taste out of my mouth.

  • Connie Northrop

    I enjoy programming and it would be fun to do Android stuff!

  • João Batista

    To make Android development my specialty!

  • NeoSabin

    To figure out what I'm doing right or wrong while making apps and learn optimization.

  • Carwyn Stephen

    Because I want to spam the android market with a thousand farting apps, mwuahahaha!

  • Des

    I want to learn how to make cool android apps!

  • Cory

    To develop a means to give back to Android community

  • NeoSabin

    To figure out what I'm doing right or wrong while making apps and learn optimization. I also love reading about everything Android.

  • Andrew

    I want to learn to develop apps for Android so I can make a few billion, no, make that a few trillion, dollars selling them.

  • Matt D

    I would enjoy writing android automation apps.

  • Cole

    Because it is something that I have really wanted to learn to do and these books are very easy to understand. Besides...I will be one more step closer to taking over the world with this book.

  • Rock

    Because developing for the open OS is the best way to contribute to the app world.

  • Paul Mendoza

    I Love android and i will love to make a better app for students =) ..

  • meee

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  • http://luisivan.net Luis Iván Cuende

    My first phone was a HTC Magic. I was amazed of using free software... in my smartphone!
    I tried to start developing some small apps but nothing more.
    Now I would like to port some of my developments to Android!

  • Zane

    Open Source is fun.

  • Eric

    I have always wanted to get into programming, I think having something like this would be a GREAT first step :)

  • Andarre

    I've got lots of ideas for apps but can't bring them to life due to my lack of coding skills. This book would most definitely help!!

  • http://zackboehm.com ZackBoe

    While some say the future is in new web technologies, not everyone is 'always online.' As carrier restrictions grow and become more daunting, the need for apps with offline capability is ever growing.

  • Kevon

    I would love to win one of this I can start devloping the app for my school and for one of the choirs I'm in. Please let me win! Thanks Android Police for the oppurtunity to win something everyday during this Holiday Season!

  • Graham

    Because my mom's basement walls are starting to close in. Someone get me out of here! WHAT WAS THAT NOISE?! *twitch*

    Or give me this book and let me "teach myself to fish" as it were.

    And don't worry. When I'm a quasi-quadrillionaire Android app developer, you guys will all get free monkeys.

  • Richard Thurston

    I am permanently disabled and on fixed income now. Physically, I can't do what I used to but my mind is still active. Having been in the IT industry for 20+ years now, I thought learning Android Programming would be the way to go since I love the Android OS, but courses are just prohibitive to me right now. The book would be a good step in the right way for me!

  • Erik

    So i can make apps like a boss

  • Erik

    So i can make apps like a boss!

  • http://twitter.com/stetsonaw Andrew Stetson

    I want to win one so that I can make more than just themes!

  • BinkyJ45

    I QA apps as part of my day job and all day long I keep thinking "I could create better apps than this stuff"

  • kerjani

    I want to make my ideas true with Android development!

  • entropic

    Ive been a developer for 15 years now, and I think its time for a new challenge. I would love to get my feet wet with this book, and hopefully the game development one as well. I promise to make Irresistable Flatulance on the High Seas one of the best games ever made (exclusively for Android too) and I will give it away for free if I win ome of these contests!

  • Syber

    Beware of computer programmers that carry screwdrivers.

  • Travis Hannon

    Because i can never find the app im looking for!

  • Michael

    I'm just beginning to learn programming and what better way to practice what I learn?

  • Stuart Alsford

    Do I can make an app to help my wife with her various medications, everything out there is not quite what we want.

  • Bender

    to copy-cat ios apps that arent available on android

  • AJVFox

    I'd it sad that I would be happier wining this than anything else you've given away?

  • Lars

    Love to read and learn about anything, Android in particular.

  • Josh Phillips

    I would use it to turn a cocktail book I am writing into a ridiculous cocktail app that not only gives recipes and whatnot, but actually teaches people how to create a proper cocktail.

  • Kurt Liget

    Android is the next big arena in development.

  • http://rohanmathur.co,nr Rohan

    So that I can learn how to program apps for Android and all the libraries since right now I dont! :D

  • Jared Meyers

    Programing and Android are two things I enjoy, so it only makes sense to put them together.

  • http://techash.tk TechAsh

    I would like to learn to make Android Apps so that I can create something awesome that'll earn me enough money to pay my University fees!

  • Daniel

    I want to create a better app for rockhounding/ prospecting as well as keeping track of waterlevels and conditions on area waterways

  • http://romalley.com Ryan O.

    So I can create what was thought to be the uncreateable!

  • Alejo

    Just honest: During the whole last semester my class buddy and I been planing to learn and develop an app during February when we get some free time off from finals (that's how it works here in Spain). The original plan was to start reading android development during the whole semester in the spare times, but we got really ran over by classes and study (engineering) and couldn't achieve the original objective. This book will come seriously handy at the end of January. Was thinking of buying something of this sort anyway, receiving it as a price would be awesome :)

  • gwood

    Mobile development is where the world is going and I don't know the first thing about it

  • Tyler Cooke

    So I can create an app that changes the face of android gaming!

    • Tyler Cooke

      My email was wrong. Right in this comment.

  • http:leijonat-2011.blospot.com Petri Kaunisto

    Well as mentioned in an earlier contest.
    I'm going to create Skyrim for Android.
    Thats what's gonna happen, after i create a time-machine for Android.

  • Hassan Mahmood

    I own a Samsung Galaxy Note and I would like to write a few applications that can unleash the potential of the underlying hardware. I am a university graduate with a masters in computer science and so I think the combination of an introduction to Android development in conjunction with my prior experience could result in great things for the Android world. I used to focus on Symbian development back in the day because I was a loyal Nokia user and enthusiast - but given their recent slump I decided it is time for a switch into something new - and this book is the perfect opportunity to shine in a new field of development and programming.


  • Christopher

    I'm tired of being on the outside looking in. I want to live the sexy life of a programmer and app developer.

  • Mitch

    I often think about different apps that I would like to create.... I am a karaoke/dj host and would love to be able to make an app that would serve this purpose well!

  • James

    I have a few app ideas and I want to get them working.

  • suco

    i want to create my own apk for free

  • Kurtacious

    I want to learn how to develop so I can make some damn money! I'm a Computer Science major (currently a Junior) having to take now two semesters off from school due to financial difficulties. It SUCKS. I'm in the process of teaching myself Java for Android development so my time off school isn't totally wasted. Would be great to make some cash to add to my savings, also! This book would make a great addition to my collection of resources!!

  • Tim

    So I can learn to create android apps, why else?

  • christopher Woodward

    I need to learn to make hello kitty island 5... But really I would like to develop solutions for my daily Android wants and needs;) but I'm not prohibiting hello kitty.

  • Christophe

    I want to work as an android developper in two years.

  • Gretchen

    So I can add these skills to my web development skills and expand my business

  • Andrew

    I want to learn how to make apps so that I can get a job maintaining and updating them for big companies.

  • Robert Walters

    I love the android community and if I could make an app that adds to it that would be great.

  • praveen

    so that I can create new apps and share with the rest of the world!

  • Dennis F. Heffernan

    I'd like to find employment in software development and Android looks like a good opportunity. I'd also like to contribute to the open-source community.

  • James

    Because i have always wanted learn more about android and start making my own scratch to see what i can come up with

  • Nathan

    loveJava = true;
    loveAndriod = true;
    if (loveJava && loveAndriod) {

  • Tim

    I would love to broaden my horizons and learn new things so I could develop my own apps the way I like them for people like me

  • Michael Wilson

    I think that there are still many holes where apps haven't played a significant role, and I want to help to fill those gaps, be it in integrating home systems, controlling other equipment, etc...

  • Nicholas Vettese

    Actually, I am entering for my son. I think this would be awesome for someone looking to start something new.

  • Tristan

    Because I want to make my five android phones into some kind of evil machine that connects to the internet.

  • Patryk

    To change the world, and to show how much the iphone sux

  • aj34

    I want to learn android so I can brag that I am smarter than the average bear!"

  • Steven Strickland

    Bird Flock Together

  • Daniel

    I really want to develop apps for android. But I don't know where to start. Android has changed the way of computing.
    I really wanna make something

  • Freak4Dell

    I want to learn using this book because Sam's a trustworthy guy.

  • BaconSquid

    I am web developer and I would like to expand my skill set and combine the two.

  • David

    It's a great way to spend your free time, and a good creative outlet.

  • Joshua Morgan

    I'd like to win because what I wanted for Christmas was Android application development books. However, my wife was laid off last week when the hospital she works out decided to clean house of all the nurses that had worked their 10 years + to bring in new graduates that would work for less money.

    So this year the kiddos are getting presents but my wife and I are going to skip buying for each other since obviously rent and utilities is more important.

    and that's why it'd be awesome to win this book.

  • Scott Mallette

    I want to leave my mark on the world.

  • scott

    I taught myself basic flash development and I know want to turn that knowledge to mobile development. Android is such a great OS and I would love to create apps for me new gNexus and amazon fire when I root that.

  • David Nilsson

    I want to make apps for fun and hopefully get to make some at work too later on.

  • Rxpert

    To make some science apps that rival IOS

  • sujjaad Rashid

    would love this book so I can do something productive when I get sick of revising.

  • Pete

    To bridge the gap between my web development and my technical obsessions.

  • Branden W.

    I've never been into programming but lately I have really wanted to get into it. This would be an awesome way to do start.

  • John H

    I want to make an app that helps me take over the world.

  • Aaron

    I want to make an app as a sort of side job and maybe raise some money for charity

  • Rafe

    ^^ what they said

  • daroz

    I want to devlop droid appz cuz I cant speel. :D

  • Ranman

    I want to make some change to give back to Obama.

  • Dave

    I simply want to give back to a great community that has given me so much fun.

  • Tkun

    I want to create games for Android so that I'll have experience (and a way to show that experience), and thus a higher chance of getting a job at a local game company, such as Epic Games (even if the initial job is as a tester instead of a programmer, like I want).

  • Jonathan

    I want to learn how to write android apps so my CEO will stop blaming the IT department for everything.

  • mushy

    I want to earn some moolah!

  • kenwen

    Um, running out of funny things to say for this comp.

    I know - will build a random buzzword generator

  • Steve

    I would like to learn android to create an application that I can use to streamline information, and allow access to it anywhere that I am, for use daily in my job!

  • Daniel Slaven

    I would love to learn it so I can teach my kids how to dev. also!!

  • Allan

    Need to learn more, let Santa be good, and my 14 year old wants to learn...next years science fair, who knows...

  • Jonathan

    I'm an Android fanatic, and I have a few App ideas I'd like to learn how to make!

  • Zeke Sanders

    I want to RTFM at last!

  • http://mgamerzproductions.com Mgamerz

    I'd love to win this book because I still have time to make a christmas app!!!

  • Mike Caro

    I bought one already. I just need one to give to my friend to help me develop some apps.

  • Eric

    To be a billionaire! hah.. and make apps myself that IMO is too weird that nobody does.. or that there are no decent ones that get the job done

  • GeneBean

    I started learning Android development a little while back and would like a structured way to learn more.

  • Coach Jim

    Want to teach my 10 yr old to create apps.

  • Lloyd

    Learning stuff is cool!

  • Rohn

    I'd just like to learn how to write Android apps!

  • Tim Dowker

    I want to learn how to program Android apps so I can create a simple app that allows users to select where to save downloads in the stock browser (save as). This has been missing in Android from day 1.

  • http://www.facebook.com/victorciccone Victor

    I want to learn Android development because I would like to supplement my income during the hours my workplace is closed with work that I can do in my own home that does not have large start-up costs. This will help me not be poor, afford delicious and clean food, and pay off my student loans so I can be a free person.

    Also, learning new things is fun and keeps my mind engaged and me connected with technological advances.

  • Gary

    In this economy, who wouldn't love to learn how to develop Android apps and make some more money on the side. God knows I don't make enough being in the military. Help me out AP!!!

  • http://simplifying-technology.blogspot.com Ashutosh

    Why do I need the book?
    Because Android has got me by the hook,
    Because Android promises loads of fun,
    And its the fastest growing rage, under the Sun
    Because Android is the way to be,
    Its pragmatic, open source and also free!

  • http://www.jasonglisson.com Jason

    I'd love to learn Android developement with this particular SAMS book because I'm about to start a new job that only has IOS development right ow. Its my job to start more android development. I love android.

  • http://www.twitter.com/kitster Kitster

    I have a great idea that I cannot get off the ground. This book would set me down the right path.

  • XzinteR

    I think it's about time I got into developing, I've been thinking about it for months

  • http://www.twitter.com/kitster Kitster

    I have a great idea that I cannot get off the ground. This book would set me straight.

  • jim cureton

    To realize my wildest fantasies.

  • Gerardo

    I want to start developing for Android 4.0 and a book like this would be of great help!

  • Shorever

    I have some good ideas for apps and I think I can make some $ with them.

  • mirumirai

    I have ideas for educational apps!

  • R2-D2

    I just want to have more control on my little green friend.

  • Steven

    I want to develop for android because i can port it to Blackberry PlayBook too. By developing for android, i'm killing two birds with one stone.

  • Roy Roney

    I Would Like The Book Because I Would Like To Be A Mobile App Developer. I Want To Make The Next Multi-Billion Pound App!!
    I Want It To Be Bigger Than Any App Ever Made!!

  • Nikhil S

    I'd rather spend $25 than $99/year.

    • Bas

      That's a really good one.

  • http://unforgivendevelopment.com Gerad Munsch

    I'd love to further my skills in Android application development, so I can code up a killer app, put it on the Market, and make lots of money -- so I can buy nice things for my newborn daughter. :)

  • CharlyBrown

    I have great ideas for apps but I don't know how to make them :(

  • Jocelyn Miller

    I'd love to learn Android app development, so I can make the next big thing

  • harsh bhanvadia

    New to Android development, this could be a nice push, and if its from a winning then also more inspiring. Want to start Android app development factory (me)

  • Charles Norris

    I am a truck driver and would like to make apps geared towards a truckers needs.

  • Yellowdavid

    I would like this book to learn to code for android and create great apps that will make everyone change from Ios to Android thanks to yellowdavid ! weeeww!

  • Tony Santos

    I teach Linux at a local college I'd like to incorporate Android and programming as part of the class

  • Matt

    I would love to be able to design a notepad app that has all of the features I want. I want an incredibly simple notepad app, but can't find one that's perfect for me!

  • http://about.me/siliconchaos Robert Wallace

    By learning to write Android apps it will allow me to add another entry of skills on my Resume :)

  • Steve C

    This isn't random!

  • JCS

    I need this book so that I can learn how to write a "QuickPull" type of program for all of those users still using low RAM droids, such as the OG. I have to reboot my OG Droid every couple of days due to lag and Force Closes, missed having a program similar to that on my BB.

  • Piyush Parulkar

    i wanna develop android apps because i wanna earn some money...
    now everyone would say to earn money??
    yeah because my parents don't give me any pocket money
    so there's no choice i can get money for myself...
    good luck everybody...

  • https://plus.google.com/110628298676868245591/posts Fadi Al-Mubarak

    I need this book to write an app about awesome giveaways

  • R Murphy

    I want to write some custom apps for the high school baseball team I am coaching. The boys like when I show them apps on my tablet.

  • Jeremiah Seymour

    Because no one is writing the demented kind of apps I want!

  • Saswata Mohanty

    Because I want to be a noted developer. :)