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Last Updated: December 29th, 2011

Who's ready for another developer book giveaway? This go around you'll have a chance to win one of two different books: The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK, or Android for Programmers: An App Driven Approach, both of which are coming from our friends at InformIT.

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:

The Android Developer's Cookbook:

  • phill henry
  • Tristan
  • Frederic Müller
  • Ben Bw*
  • Siva
  • Kiran
  • Milind
  • Tori
  • Daev
  • Svinkall

Android For Programmers:

  • John Ex*
  • Schubatis1
  • Dennis F. Heffernan
  • D Law*
  • Greg Back*
  • Dharmin Kansara
  • JonathanWardRogers
  • Clayton REEVES
  • Gregg Martinson
  • Kiran Parmar

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 quick glance at what each book is all about:

The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK

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

And the other, Android for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach

Billions of apps have been downloaded from Android Market! This book gives you everything you’ll need to start developing great Android apps quickly and getting them published on Android Market. The book uses an app-driven approach–each new technology is discussed in the context of 16 fully tested Android apps, complete with syntax coloring, code walkthroughs and sample outputs. Apps you’ll develop include:

  • SpotOn Game

  • Slideshow

  • Flag Quiz

  • Route Tracker

  • Favorite Twitter® Searches

  • Address Book

  • Tip Calculator

  • Doodlz

  • Weather Viewer

  • Cannon Game

  • Voice Recorder

  • Pizza Ordering

Practical, example-rich coverage of:

  • Smartphone and Tablet Apps, Android Development Tools (ADT) Plug-In for Eclipse

  • Activities, Intents, Content Providers

  • GUI Components, Menus, Toasts, Resource Files, Touch and Gesture Processing

  • Tablet Apps, ActionBar and AppWidgets

  • Tweened Animations, Property Animations

  • Camera, Audio, Video, Graphics, OpenGL ES

  • Gallery and Media Library Access

  • SharedPreferences, Serialization, SQLite

  • Handlers and Multithreading, Games

  • Google Maps, GPS, Location Services, Sensors

  • Internet-Enabled Apps, Web Services, Telephony, Bluetooth®

  • Speech Synthesis and Recognition

  • Android Market, Pricing, Monetization

  • And more…

PLUS:  Online chapters that cover Android Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4), including a complete, working Ice Cream Sandwich app!

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

How to Enter

Entering is easy - all you need to do is drop a comment telling us which book you want and why. When entering, though, make sure you put a valid email address in the email field of your comment (otherwise, we won't be able to notify you if you win). We'll randomly pick 20 winners (10 for each book) at the end of the contest period.

This contest will run for 24 hours, and will end at 2PM PST on December 21, 2011.

This contest is open to residents of the following countries:

THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, MEXICO, CHILE, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, INDIA, FRANCE, BELGIUM, THE UNITED KINGDOM, LUXEMBOURG, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND, SWEDEN, FINLAND, DENMARK, NORWAY, SPAIN, IRELAND, RUSSIA, THE NETHERLANDS, SOUTH KOREA, SOUTH AFRICA, TAIWAN, ITALY, PORTUGAL, SLOVENIA, ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, ROMANIA, SLOVAKIA, MALAYSIA, VIETNAM, THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, THE CZECH REPUBLIC, CROATIA, THE UKRAINE, POLAND, BULGARIA, AND HUNGARY WHICH ARE: (i) OVER THE AGE OF MAJORITY IN THEIR COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE ON THE DATE REFERENCED BELOW AS THE START DATE FOR THE CONTEST; AND (ii) WHO ARE NOT RESIDENTS OF THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND IN THE UNITED STATES; THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, CANADA; OR RESIDENTS OF THE AUSTRALIAN STATES OF VICTORIA, QUEENSLAND OR THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Good luck!

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.

  • http://esausilva.com Esau Silva

    I would love to win "The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK" since I have been wanting to start developing for Android and well, I never win anything, hopefully I get to win this time :-)

  • http://esausilva.com Esau Silva

    I would love to win "The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK" since I have been wanting to start developing for Android and well, I never win anything, hopefully I get to win this time

  • Alasdair

    I'd prefer the first one, "The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK" because, though both books look very interesting, it seems to fit my needs (creating games) more accurately. And who knows, maybe this time I'll actually win! :-)

  • Shyun Chen

    Android for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach

    I like to learn Android programming

  • mostlyDigital

    The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK because I've been putting this off for much too long.

  • MJ

    I would like both books but will choose "The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK" as it looks to have more meat to it.

  • ryan

    The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK

    I want to make my own applications :)

  • Bryan Hadlock

    The Android Developer's Cookbook.

    I would like to learn more about developing for android.

  • Stjepan

    The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK

    i always had ideas for new apps or tweaks that could benefit everyone. But these were only ideas. most of them found its way onto iOS with cydia with the help of my friends. But I never could fully take the credit for the tweak/app because it was only an idea that somebody else has made it into reality. With this book I could make the apps myself, and learn while doing that ;)

  • Alex

    I'd like to have "Android for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach". It's because I'm a programmer, and I'm really interested in getting some knowledge about the app-driven approach.

  • Adam

    The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK Because one can never have enough Android Programming books!

  • Thomas Rubner

    The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK
    - I am currently learning to develop with my son, and would love this guide. My son and I would appreciate the guidance offered by this book.

  • Zlajo

    Android for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach , I would love to see more practical examples besides the ones on android.com

  • Andrea

    The Android Developers cookbook! because I'd like to understand android programming more!

  • Sergio Ramírez

    Android for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach, I'm already an iOS programmer and Java programmer, what I need is examples and tips so that i can improve my future android applications.

  • Alan Tong

    Android for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach

    I'm a new Android developer, just starting out. I could really use this book to help get me up and running. Thanks!

  • http://about.me/pinter Mike Pinter

    Android for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach - I've yet to start app development, but I've got 20 years on other platforms. I have some ideas for school apps for kids and would like this to get started programming for my Iconia A500.

  • Adam

    Android for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach

    Looks like this book is great for seeing how some of these apps really work.

  • Zac Cross

    "The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK"

    Main reason for choosing this book is that I am getting the other book for Christmas!

  • http://neighborhoodthoughts.blogspot.com JonathanWardRogers

    Android for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach
    Because hands on is the best way to learn a new platform!

  • Craig

    Android for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach

    I like the hands-on approach, and AfP looks like an excellent introduction to Android development.

  • TheAxe

    Android for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach... because it looks like a good book.

  • Murphy

    "Android for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach" because I like seeing apps cut into pieces.

  • John Musselwhite

    "The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK" I really want to get into Android app development and I think this could really help.

  • phill henry

    "The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK" because i've been reading about app development on the internet but it can become difficult to follow when things get fragmented by clicking to many links. this would have everything i'd need in one place.

  • http://jackmanlabs.com Andrew Jackman

    I am in the process of developing a dynamic routing system for professionals that is founded on web, mobile/smart phone, and PC applications. The android portion has yet to start, but it's about the only thing left! I'd love the SDK book.

  • Laia

    I'd love Android for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach, I've got some ideas for applications and i would enjoy to see them made real.

  • Steven

    Android for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach. I think this book would teach me more with it's "hands-on" approach, and the satisfaction of seeing a working app that *I* created would encourage me even more.

  • Morley Abbott

    I find myself with free time, and a desire to make my phone more useful. I have ideas, but need the knowledge. Let me win a book!

  • Edwin

    The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK. I would love to get on the Android spaceship and learn to make my own apps.

  • Curtiss Wiggins

    Android for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach - Sounds more friend than the Android Developer's Cookbook.

  • http://Saintless.com Misty Fowler

    I would choose "The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK", because it sounds like it would be better for me, as a 8+ year software developer. From the descriptions, I think this one provides more information from the tiny details to the big picture.

  • Edward

    I would like to have 'Android for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach', it is useful for learning Android development. And I always love Deitel's book, C++ How to Program is the book I used while I was learning C++.

  • Nikhil S

    As a game developer, "Android for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach" seems a much better choice.

  • JB

    The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK

    Looks like a great place to start...

  • razorhail

    I want the cookbook, because I think its way more interesting how it focuses more on the overall integrated system side, instead of just isolated apps
    which I think is kind of underestimated today - but far more interesting

  • Jason

    The Android Developer's Cookbook: Building Applications with the Android SDK

    I like having the tools I need instead of doing a bunch examples that I may not use.

  • Stefany

    Android for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach.
    I'm currently studying Android development (on my own) and have been having a hard time deciding which book to get. Getting this one would solve all my problems! :)