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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:

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!

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.

  • Adryan

    awesome i need help to get me started

  • Frank George

    Great prize and good to be encouraging more developers...myself included. Cheers

  • Matthew

    I've been poking my nose into learning to develop Android apps. Awesome opportunity for a free jump start!!

  • landan cheruka

    I would love to learn more about android programming.

  • Kelly Pearce

    I'm a retired systems/application programmer seriously considering app programming to supplement my income. This could be a great start.

  • Patrick Mahoney

    Lot's of great opportunities lately!

    • Eric C

      Would love a copy

  • Kellye

    Would love to this book. I've been trying to decide the best training material to get started android programming. Please count me in! Thanks!

  • rufflez

    Sweet, lots of books being thrown around here lately. I love it.... and i would love to add another book to my developer library.

  • aj

    Would love to snag a copy of this book!

  • VoodooGTR

    Looks like a good read for a 12 hour shift :-)

  • Puay Khoon

    I'd like to start on Android programming!

  • Ashish Sharma

    My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read

  • yuku

    Same as before, under-documented Fragments, ActionBar, Loaders, and those so high-tech Android design patterns make transition to 3.x or 4.0 so difficult. Moreover the mistakes in Android reference docs. May this book help.

  • Sankari

    Love to have one

  • Tyler Watthanaphand

    I would love this book

  • http://ideepu.blogspot.com Deepu Mukundan

    need this to convert my ideas from fiction to fact. please pick meee.....

  • Dubya

    I would love to learn how to develop! HTML is too easy for me, I need to learn harder things!

  • Kapil Sukhyani

    I would love to have this book to increase my understanding of the platform.

  • vinay solanki

    I would love to have this book.This will help me to understand platform nicely.

  • Erko

    I would love to have this book

  • Andrei Markovits

    it will be a great present for my sister

  • http://www.barcemex.com Antonio

    I would like to win it to improve my ICS skills.

  • Will

    Always read the feeds, always see the contests, figured I'd enter one!

  • Michael Schmidt

    ICS here I come

  • CrazyAndro

    Need it to bring to lyf some of the ideas i have

  • Tim

    Just the book I need to get me started with android development.

  • Mr Pudding

    I always fancied delving into app developing this book sounds like the ideal starting point.

  • amad3r4

    this book will kick start my first android app

  • b3ast1

    I have been wanting to get into developing for Android. This seems to be a great opportunity to start moving in the right direction.

  • DT

    I want to develop for android for quite some time now!

  • matt

    I'd like a good resource to finally complete a real app.

  • Greg

    I would love get my hands on this.

  • MacZee

    I have been delving into Android development in my spare time, but would love to get my mitts on a book like this.

  • Jan

    I would sure love to get some help.

  • David Glaude

    The highlight must be on "Wireless" because so many book focus on the other kind of app (those that require wire). ;-)

  • Eduardo

    Great rewards those kinds of books! I want it!! Thanks guys!

  • Radu

    The book sounds really nice :)

  • Garry

    Sounds Great to me!

  • meti

    Really love to get it

  • http://Www.androidpolice.com DW

    bing bing bing .. Winner winner ..chicken dinner... Seriously. May i have a copy of the book? Thanks

  • Josh

    Seems like a great book. I may buy it if I don't win it first. Can anyone suggest a similar book for PHP or Ruby on Rails?

  • Ben Teichman

    It's never too late to learn more

  • dcastilhos

    I'd love to win!

  • Kareem Jabr

    This is a great book I wish I can get one.

  • vDroid

    One book for me please. :)

  • Zak

    awesome, would be a great resource in helping me learn android development!

  • Joshua Ortiz

    Looks like a great resource for learning Android.

  • Bolski

    I've been learning Android developing myself. This book would be a great help to me as well.

  • GREG

    I'll save some pulp and opt for the ebook to learn development, thanks!

  • Robby Smet

    would love to have this book

  • Boby

    Cool! Would love to read the book.

  • knyghtryda

    I could use the reference!

  • Michael McDargh

    So glad it's updated for 4

  • gresham

    Really looking forward to getting my copy ;)

  • Chetan Karia

    Great I need to get started.

  • Gene

    I'll take a book to add to my collection.

  • Jesse

    I want to be a Dev. Hook me up! Thank u!

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Aaron

    *sigh* Sometimes I wish Android Police wasn't so popular, so the individual chances of winning these contests wasn't so slim.

  • Bill

    That's the next thing on my list to learn.

  • Alex B

    I'd be interested in a free copy of this!

  • Andrew Kachaniwsky

    This would be an awesome development reference.

  • Emeka

    I wouldn't mind a new book!

  • Bazar6

    I didn't win the App Inventor Giveaway, but I'd love a shot at this one!!

  • mirumirai

    I'd like a copy of the book!

  • David

    Would love to win a copy. Looks like a good book for getting into Android development.

  • http://www.bevonfindley.com Bevon Findley

    awesome could really use this :)

  • Tõnu

    I need this book too for getting in

  • Jason Learst

    I love these contests I hope to win eventually!

  • Nick

    Awesome Contest!

  • http://darshankaria.com Darshan Karia

    good for refreshing some concepts before i start developing android app :-)

  • Kevin Krawczuk

    Would be a great compliment to Android for programmers

  • Simon

    No matter how many online resources one has, a book in hand is always better :)

  • krishna vattipalli

    There is always a new thing to learn in Android and a book is a best way to learn.

  • Ashish Bagaddeo

    I have already started development, but need some help. Hope this book provides me with what I want.

  • Andrew

    I'd certainly like to learn more about developing Android apps. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jonathan

    I need to learn how to create awesomest jD

  • http://martin.cubeactive.com Martin

    Sounds like a nice read.

  • Chinmay

    Make me win!
    This is the longgggggggggg commennnntttttttttttttttttt

  • Lino

    Me, me, me, me..
    Choose me, please :)))

  • Renee Roberts
  • Damian Sosnowski

    I am C++ student, but dream of making Android apps and games ;)

  • Alan

    I can prepare for Android Development class next year. :D

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

    10 winners posted!

  • Rinkesh Jain

    Would Like to win a copy of it !!

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