2012-03-24 09h22_51
Last Updated: April 1st, 2012

Learning to develop isn't always easy - and learning how to do it well is even harder. While it's true there are a plethora of resources available on the subject, sometimes they dive in too deep or skip over some of the prerequisites. Thanks to our friends over at informIT, though, we have just the book: Android Wireless Application Development Volume I: Android Essentials.

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:
  • Barnett Hsu
  • Travis B
  • Phil (hagger)
  • Noah (colvin)
  • Kellye
  • Bazar6
  • David Shaver
  • Eduardo
  • Tamas Farkas
  • i300

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.

The Book: Android Wireless Application Development, Vol. I

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Spanning 544 pages, the book is designed to help you start at the very beginning - including setting up your developing environment and learning background knowledge about the industry.

Android Wireless Application Development has earned a reputation as the most useful real-world guide to building robust, commercial-grade Android apps. Now, authors Lauren Darcey and Shane Conder have systematically revised and updated this guide for the latest Android SDK 4.0. To accommodate their extensive new coverage, they’ve split the book into two volumes. Volume I focuses on Android essentials, including setting up your development environment, understanding the application lifecycle, designing effective user interfaces, developing for diverse devices, and optimizing your mobile app development process--from design through publishing. Every chapter has been thoroughly updated for the newest APIs, tools, utilities, and hardware. All sample code has been overhauled and tested on leading devices from multiple companies, and many new examples have been added. Drawing on decades of in-the-trenches experience as professional mobile developers, Darcey and Conder provide valuable new best practices--including powerful techniques for constructing more portable apps. This new edition contains full chapters on Android manifest files, content providers, effective app design, and testing; an all-new chapter on tackling compatibility issues; coverage of today’s most valuable new Android tools and utilities; and even more exclusive tips and tricks. An indispensable resource for every Android development team member.

The book was written by Lauren Darcey and Shane Conder, and can be purchased for $35.99 for the print edition, $28.79 for the eBook, or $48.59 for both.

The Giveaway

Entering is, as usual, almost as easy as it gets. Just drop us a comment below, and make sure you include a valid email address in the email field of your comment so that we can contact you if you win. Winners can choose print or eBook, whichever they prefer. The ten winners will be chosen at random from the valid comments below, and contacted shortly after the contest ends.

The contest is open from now (Saturday, March 24) until Tuesday, March 27 at 11:59 PM PST. It is open to residents of the following countries:


Good luck!

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.

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  • Tyler C

    Judging by the title alone, it seems exactly like what I would need to create apps that allow wireless appliances to communicate to each other!

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    This is a comment.

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    Need something like this to take me beyond "Hello World". :)

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    Love these giveaways

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    I wonder if I'll win this time?

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    Please add me to the list of possible receivers ;-) Thanks!

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    Tossing my hat in the ring.

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    This would be a great start to my Android library.

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    As I said in the g+ comments, these are the best books on Android dev, and I have every edition, except this one. Would love to add it to my collection.

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    Getting ready to start to developing an app. I couldn't find much about Android 4. Thanks!

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    This would be a great way for me to expand my programming knowledge already gained in Java. Thank you for the contest and the insight into Android Dev Books.

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    Lets see if I win this just so I can say Ive won something cuz I never win....

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    I'd like to win a copy of the Android Application Development Book please ! Thanks !

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    This is a cool book and would be great to win to aid in my Android development projects!

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    One of the books I've had my eyes on, however just not had the cash to buy it at the moment. Would love to win! :)

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    another great giveaway :D
    someday I will get my first book about programming ;)

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    This book will be very useful for me!

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    Just the things I need to get started!

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    I am currently in college taking a course on Java. We're doing Android development soon!

  • Kuroshima

    You guys are so cool!

    I love your giveaways! I just hope I can win one someday.

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    This is a comment. I WANT TO WIN THIS!!!!!!

  • Steve N

    I don't yet have a reference book that includes Android 4.0... this would be perfect.

  • Jacob Hampton

    I'm very interested!

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    Looks to be just what I need

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    I would love to get my hands on this up to date book! From the description its sounds like a must have for a new guy like me.

  • Giorgio Aresu

    That would be great!

  • MJ

    I be needing me some books on Android Wireless Application Development so pick me as the winner. :-)

  • charles guardino

    Tossing my hat in the ring

  • Clint P

    Help a student out! I can't wait to start working on Android development.

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    I want it! I have some projects in mind!

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    Is the book able to be rotated? I am from "Down Under"

  • Pierre Wong

    This book is good reference for my development.

  • Jon

    *fingers crossed*

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    Love it! Want one!

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    I have an idea for a unique app but I'm not really a developer! Need to learn my way around :-)

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    Looks like a good read

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    I would love to have one :)

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    Id love one of these books! Im very interested in getting into the Mobile App development show!

  • Paul M

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  • Barnett Hsu

    I love books. Books related to Android -- even better. :-) :-) :-)

  • Christopher S.

    This would go great with my Mobile Communication Classes at College. I would love to have this book. It would help out alot. Thank You!

  • Thom Schröder

    Sounds like another great book. Although the title state wireless I guess this volume contains the essentials and doesn't dive in too deep on the wireless part. Would love the book to make me set that first step to actually start developing.

  • Anthony

    This would be extra helpful. Very timely, as always!

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    Seems a good introduction to Android SDK 4.0. Love to read it.

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    This will help..and Thnx for these awesome Giveaways..

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  • jacob

    Looking foward to learning how to create my own apps

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    For the Android SDK 4.0 yumm!
    I'd love to get my hands on this.
    Its always good to start from Volume 1 :D

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  • jason rhodes

    I would love to learn the proper way from the ground up to develop & upgrade some of my clients & my own native android applications. I have been trying to learn/develop for the last 6 months, jumping from adobe flash/air, eclipse, html5, as well as several online mobile builders.

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    Am I the lucky one? :)

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    great giveaways

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    I would love to learn better ways to program for Android.

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    Comment to enter

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    Enter me too, please!

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  • Samarth Rajeev

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    Didn't know development books were already updated to 4.x. Every book I have is still 2.x.
    Hope I become one of the lucky winners, can't wait to learn about development on 4.x!!

    Goodluck to everyone!

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    I'm really interested in this b\c i just had a new app idea come my way.....

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    Good luck to everybody!

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    I want to make awesomeness!!

  • Tix

    I hope it will be usefull for learning some android stuff

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