Pro Android 4 App Dev
Last Updated: April 22nd, 2012

Look, I'm going to cut right to the chase here: we've done a lot of book giveaways, and in every single case they were quality books written by undisputed experts on the topics. But the book we're giving away here... well, it's on a whole new level, because it's written by an insider: Reto Meier, Google's Android Developer Relations Tech Lead. Having been involved in Android development (from the inside, mind you) since the initial release in 2007, it's safe to say there are few people who know more about how best to develop for the OS than him.

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:
  1. Enthusiastic Student
  2. Giuseppe La Tona
  3. Paulo Fidalgo
  4. jspangenberger
  5. Davidm
  6. Chris (boss)
  7. FlamingoAttack
  8. henry zou
  9. Tom (bore)
  10. Richie681

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.

Professional Android 4 Application Development

Pro Android 4 App Dev

The book in question is Professional Android 4 Application Development, and it spans a whopping 864 (!) pages, but checks in at an incredibly reasonable $27.38 ($25.64 if you pick the Kindle edition).

Developers, build mobile Android apps using Android 4

The fast-growing popularity of Android smartphones and tablets creates a huge opportunities for developers. If you're an experienced developer, you can start creating robust mobile Android apps right away with this professional guide to Android 4 application development. Written by one of Google's lead Android developer advocates, this practical book walks you through a series of hands-on projects that illustrate the features of the Android SDK. That includes all the new APIs introduced in Android 3 and 4, including building for tablets, using the Action Bar, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC Beam, and more.

  • Shows experienced developers how to create mobile applications for Android smartphones and tablets
  • Revised and expanded to cover all the Android SDK releases including Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), including all updated APIs, and the latest changes to the Android platform.
  • Explains new and enhanced features such as drag and drop, fragments, the action bar, enhanced multitouch support, new environmental sensor support, major improvements to the animation framework, and a range of new communications techniques including NFC and Wi-Fi direct.
  • Provides practical guidance on publishing and marketing your applications, best practices for user experience, and more

This book helps you learn to master the design, lifecycle, and UI of an Android app through practical exercises, which you can then use as a basis for developing your own Android apps.

How To Win

We've got 10 copies to give away, and to enter, all you have to do is drop us a comment. Any comment will do - just make sure you include your email address in the proper field so that we can contact you if you win. Thanks to publisher Wrox's generosity, the contest is open to anyone in the world, and will end Friday, April 20 at 11:59 PM PST.

As always, 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.

  • Greg

    fingers crossed!

  • Giuseppe La Tona

    I hope to get it!

  • Jack

    You guys got DISQUS, nice work! Also nice book!

  • Mll4eveR

    i'd like to learn how to make a app for android and a book like this would help a lot!

  • Jeremy Kane

    I'd love to learn Android App Development!  I have tons of ideas, but don't have Android Dev skills yet...

  • gojefarangi

    me too!

  • Raphael D.

    I want to learn to develop app on android, and I need a book.

  • Koori

    This is perfect! I'm in the middle of learning Android development!

  • tvBilly

    My turn?

  • Jeffrey Chiou

    I'd like one!

  • MJ

    I will win this book!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Travis-Pithie/1513110827 Travis Pithie

    Free book for me plz

  • 宇 覃

    I like the book

  • Jnkleblanc

    Looks like a great book to kick start or advance your android skills.

  • Srbo Droidić

    I need this one :)

  • Eric Axelrod

    I'll take one

  • Haehnel

    Interesting book.

  • Naes21

    This is why I love you guys!

  • izar

    Anseios Police. Rocks.

  • bridgedoc

    about to finish a phd in a totally unrelated subject and i need a new hobby...

  • Iron Victory

    I would love one.  I promise to make whatever type of app you want.

  • A Schultz76

    perfect timing!

  • Shaun

    I would love to read your book and learn Android

  • Nevrene

    Oh you are legend :)

  • Johan Dior

    i want this book!

  • Rooterdog1

    Sounds like a great book..

  • Prayudi

    I want that book, I'm interested to make Android application and need some printed guides!

  • aj34

    yes enter me. I want this book

  • Sakuralirao

    Ohhhh, I would really like this book! And that's a freaking awesome droid on its cover!

  • Jack Weaver

    Reto's books are good, please send one my way!

  • Mplspug

    Me please.  

  • Suresh G

    Love this book..

  • Anjali

    I really need this book... 

  • Akmittal

    Love androidpolice for quality posts and nice giveaways :)

  • Andy Tu

    This book would be a great help for me to learn android (:

  • Parampreet Dhatt

    I'm all in!

  • mtj

    need more books

  • Xholmes80

    Excellent! just the book to help more people to contribute to the Android apps market!

  • Raghavan

    Love reading android books. plus i need one for a course I am taking.

  • Deepu Mukundan

    Help me learn! 

  • Knyto2

    Been waiting for this book to come out since forever!

  • Jason Triplett

    Everyone love free stuff!

  • Andrea D

    Awesome book!!

  • Tharindhu amaratunga

    Nice. Would love one of these.

  • Prokaryo

    the book seems to be really great. Reto Meier knows what he talks about. Thanks.

  • 7merlin

    Would be very nice to get this book

  • Kiran_parmar

    Another great  giveaway! I'm in! I'd surely like a copy of this one!

  • http://www.libcoffee.net Jerry Chong

     Would love to write an Android app some day!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrik-Carlsson/1181990918 Patrik Carlsson

    Yeah, make me a developer!

  • Omi2omi

    thats great, i would love a copy

  • nasuellia

    I'd really like to get better on Android dev. This book would help doing the trick! :)

  • psycho_nole

     Yes have some.

  • ewilliams1009

    this would be awesome!

  • Piotrek

    I've just got an excellent idea for an app and would greatly use that book :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/stermi Emanuele Ricci

    Hey guys finally you have added the support for Disquise :)
    Anyway I'm really waiting for this new book! Need to read more and more!

  • http://www.magmadev.net/giorgio Giorgio Labs

    Please, give me this book =)

  • JC

    Count me in, and thanks a lot for the giveaway :-)

  • Alexander Amato

    would love this book.

  • Ben Pittoors

    Allrighty! :) And from the man himself this surely is a must have Android Development book.

  • http://www.razzil.com Raza Rahil Hussain

    Its nice to have one. :)

  • Carsten Dietzel

    I need this book, because sometimes my smartphone battery is empty when I need something to read on the toilet.

  • etheri0n

    It could be a good read and the cover rocks :)
    I was looking forward to read some good android dev book, so good opportunity.

  • Akitto

    It's not like I even follow him

  • Curt

    Well and 967 comments at the time of this comment, my chances are small to win, but any chance to win is better than no chance at all

  • Daniel Orchard

    Wow this said it wasn't going to be ready to ship on amazon until may when I looked last month!

    Love a free copy instead though!

  • sonolupo

    I am curious about the book as an Android lover. I very well remember showing Reto a bug in the G1 after the Android Developer Labs day #ADL2010 in Berlin. Pressing # at the device's keybord caused a reboot :-) This was the early days and since then significant improvement has taken place.  

  • Qajussi

    Give it to me!

  • Skippengs

    Hello i woulsd realy like this book. i am trying to understand android development and this might help a lot.

  • Lucia

    I really really need this book for my husband!!!! Hope I get one of the 10 giveaways ... thx for the opportunity

  • Do2u

    Very nice book :)

  • Vladimir

    I Want this one!
    really useful book from superior author!

  • jamuraa

    Oh sweet.  I would like to drop my name in the hat for this.  I am still trying to find a book that explains a way to do SQLite databases without 50 pages of semi-boilerplate code well.  Maybe this book does.

  • ken

    Wow i was thinking of buying this very book, but if you give it to me that's even better :)

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

    This book would be really handy!

  • Entrypoint

    I would like to win this book

  • http://profiles.google.com/sibtiger33 Brian Stewart

    Wow want excellent offer - just making the move to android development from iphone - this would be great leg up....

  • Jun Raymond Caluza

    I want this book!

  • laplander

    Want one

  • morgankbtx


  • John

    Exactly what I've been looking for.

  • Stefan222

    I want this book!

  • Sr. Don Marakame Hame-Ha

    Giveaways keep gettin' better!!! Kudos to Android Police!!!

  • Jc Miñarro

    I want this book, because I really need it.

  • http://twitter.com/jsirony John Smallshaw

    Hey...having Androids doesn't hurt at all.

  • uv

    This book looks awesome.

  • Leossmith

    i hope this is my first book on android development

  • Adam Hunchak

    giddy up!

  • Allan H.

    Seems like I am going to have a new book so I can learn to develop some cool apps for android.

  • Víctor Villasante

    I bought the second edition 2 years ago and I would like to have the new one :)

  • Gopi Nutakki

    A must read.

  • Jc Miñarro

    I want this book, because I really need it

  • Asim Khatri

    A must have for the developers, who want their skill level to raise from novice to a professional.
    Reto Meier Rocks...

  • SilverSfr

    I would like to learn Android Development

  • Zawere

    Would love a copy!

  • http://twitter.com/jnfbatista João Batista

    Would love to get this book!  You guys are awesome (as always)!

  • SirCharles

    I hope the picking is random ;) 

    • S_i_r_charles

       I made the 1000th comment, counts for a win, right?!

  • Syaz

    Can I have this book?

  • Aplotko2528

    This would be a great help for my Android Application Development class next year! :D

  • Timothydmccormick

    Awesome giveaway. I hope I win.

  • Ovi Horvat
  • Robert Alex Kibler

    I would love to get the book.  Looks fantastic.

  • KNYapps

    I really need to update my app, TrackMyWeight, with 3.0 and 4.0 features....could really use this book to help me do it

  • LittleBiscuit

    This guy rocks! I would love to have his book.

  • sanka32

    Book looks great, would be good to get a closer look at it *wink*

  • Shane Allen

    I look forward to winning this contest!  I can't wait for you to send me my book.  Thanks!

  • Fun Mastah

    Aaron, please give me all the books so I can sleep on them and gain knowledge at night while unconscious. ;-)

  • Phillipp

    Seems like a good book to start serious Android development with!

  • Ayoze Noda Gómez

    Wow, 1000 comments yet. Interesting book for adquire more skills.

  • vibhor nizhavan

    this will book will help me to carve my ideas into beautiful implementation

  • Polson Keeratibumrungpong

    I need this book too :)
    My Android 4 App http://goo.gl/QPX96

  • Taylor

    Working on some apps now and could definitely put this to good use. :)

  • Nuskool

    Have been looking for a ICS based development book. Thanks.

  • Ray G.


  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.pober Andy Pober

    Yes, please.

  • Andrew

    Always wanted to learn to develop my own apps.

  • Chavanga Abel

    I want this book Android rocks!!

  • Temple343

    Come on new textbook. Really help next year at uni.

  • Nick

    Good Luck Everyone!

  • Troy

    I have the 2nd edition and it is a great book. Would like to update to the latest.

  • Barath

    Yeah I would like this book... So hand it over ;)

  • vikasdiwakar

    Definitely would like this book to progress on my app development efforts.

  • PudgyPanda

    yes to the book

  • Kok Fong

    I've been always wanted to lay my hands on development of android apps and this book would definitely be the perfect kick starter for me! :)

  • Rahul Bhatnagar

    I m in..

  • http://profiles.google.com/laurent.lugon Laurent Lugon Moulin

    It would be great to win this book ! =D

  • Juande

    Good luck to everyone! :)

  • Alexander Dupree

    Hey it is my birthday you know you want to help me with a present

  • http://twitter.com/monocoder Alex Butum

    What are the odds to be the 1 of the 10's?
    What are the odds to be the 10's in the 1033's+?
    What are the odds to be?

  • Takano Sama

    it will make a great present for my friend

  • Hsigmond

    Need some advance android advice for my new android project! perfect timing;-)

  • hurric

    waiting for noon...can't wait to see the results!

  • http://rojekti.fi/ Veeti

    I'd be glad to take one.

  • Nevzat Akkaya

    I want this great book!

  • ewoks

    It would make me really happy to have this book and learn more about Android wonderland :)

  • Androdicita

    if I don't win, can you send me the book anyway..? Please.. blink blink.. 

  • Vanja

    I want one too.. :)

  • Mile

    Needed it as perfect present for my son!

  • DiDi

    I will win, I know 

  • rainyman

    Desperately want it!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Jose_GD José González DAmico

    It will help me a lot to better my Android skilss!

  • tandoori

    good luck everyone!

  • Swdave

    I like free books

  • Davidm

     Learning from one of the creators is always good.

  • Daniel Herrera Marmolejo

    I would really love to have this book!

  • Capo

    I want this book! Perfect :)

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

    10 winners posted!

    • Richie681

      Nice, I won something! 

  • Tom Boreham

    By Tom (Bore).
    Do you mean me? Tom Boreham, if so that's awesome.!

  • Trab

    $31,79 for Kindle edition, #27,38 for paperback on Amazon today. This is some crazy stupid shit..