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.

  • Pecksr92

    This would be epic. Android is offically badass.

  • Cláudio Ribeiro

    WOW. Ok. I'll take one for this table please! 

  • Thekyz


  • 19Kilo

    Looks like a nice book!

  • Benoit808

    Me me me... Got to update my android skills and I'd only trust Reto to do so!

  • Jamison England

    I would like to have this book!

  • Benny

    This would make a nice addition to my Android library!

  • Christophe Pecsteen

    Should be very useful !

  • Nescafemix

    Here we go :)

  • lasersocks

    i like reading. 

  • http://twitter.com/eatmode4life Ray Mendoza

    If I win this, I already know which Dev I would give it to.

  • Chris W

    This would be great to have since I am taking a break from school for the next couple months.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JTKGL7QBBV2TSZHUJGWXEVKOJM Kevin K

    I like reading and free stuff. 

  • Dakkon

    Come on.....

  • Rich Lyne

     Hasta la vista, baby

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1038599182 Krista Dominguez

    I'd like one too

  • William G.K. Zhang

    Can I has?!

  • Undressed

    Participando :D

  • Razvan

    Dropping a comment

  • eugene downing

    Looks like a good book would love to win this one.

  • Andrew Hochmuth

    this is an awesome looking book

  • Nicole Poklitar

    I need a birthday present for my programming hubby, this would do just fine!!!

  • http://www.technogeekguy.com dswartze

    Excellent! Looks like a great book!

  • Stefany Baez

    Thanks would LOVE to win this, perfect for my Android dev studying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wkd2639 Andrew Simon Jones

    I keep saying I am going to learn Android development and now that I have a ICS device (HTC One X) I really should learn. I think I would find this book very useful!

  • Lobo

    This is great, and for the whole world, thumbs up for you guys!

  • http://twitter.com/ArtVandelay440 Art Vandelay

    Awesome. This would greatly enhance my professional skill set and bring nore apps to market! :)

  • FlamingoAttack

    I want to start developing for Android!

  • kapil sukhyani

    I would to like get on my tabld

  • Obakesan

    I can has books please ^_*

  • http://profiles.google.com/markgoho Mark Goho

    I want one!!

  • Cockerham Andrew

    Help out a budding amateur developer :)

  • Shay

    This is my comments. There are many like it. But this one is mine.

  • Richie681

    I could definitely use that book. 

  • Shubham Bakshi

    I never win these type of contests. Well tying my luck anyway..

  • Bojan Harjač

    Learning is nice. This looks like an interesting book. Wanna! :)

  • nasst

    Will this comment do?

  • aChipmunk

    I want one!

  • Hank Greer

    Good luck all!!! May the Droid be with you.

  • Logan C.H.

    I'm in for one!

  • Dustin

    I would love to have this book and in fact if i win and get a book and i learn how to make apps and i make any money i'll promise to donate 10% of all the earnings on each app to androidpolice for making this possible.

  • Spydie

    I always wanted to know how this development-thing worked!

  • Notblood

    Oranges. That is all.

  • JamesRamone

    Wow, would love to win that one! :)

  • Aleksandar

    Great book!

  • Rrjp

    Cool looking book. Would be very helpful.

  • Andrew

    I hope whoever win this would put it to good use. I know I would.

  • Ben Bloom

    Please give me one of these.

    I love android, but I really love Terminators.

  • Lucek_86

    Awesome book. A must have position.

  • Brett Skinner

    the android bible

  • Joe

    I'll take one!

  • synurge

    I must have this book

  • Joseph10

    This would be awesome to have

  • John

    Sounds like a nice book.

  • Michael Oberhausen

    Yay for books!

  • http://patmahoneyjr.com Patrick Mahoney

    It's got a robot on the cover!  It's GOTTA be good!

  • http://twitter.com/tyleralane Tyler Lane

    Sign me up! I'd love to add this book to my collection of reference material.

  • Dan

    I keep a list on my phone of "Great apps I'll write when I get organised and learn the differences between Android and vanilla Java". I need this. And so does everybody else.

  • Adamus


  • Frazer McIntosh

    Good luck to everyone:)

  • lrdeyo

    This is sweet! Fingers crossed ;)

  • Patryk

    Wish you all good luck :-). Reto is a yugernaut when it comes to Android development. 

  • Nikola Despotoski

    Mail me that I'm the winner.

  • Oviroa

    This looks like a great book.

  • http://profiles.google.com/crasher.it Domenico Casillo

    Looking forward :)

  • Lorne Laliberte

    Sounds like a great book. :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/boris.malensek Boris Malenšek

    I want that book...

  • Etienne

    Good luck to everyone!! :-)

  • Rick H

    Would love to add to my desk reference!

  • Philippe Boblet

    Very cool ! I'll probably pay myself this book if I don't win it :) Thanks a lot guys !

  • BigAlUK

    I've got the v2 version of Reto's book, would be great to have the latest version.

  • Carlos Silva

    /me wants :)

  • Carlos Silva

    /me wants

  • Luisn2210-72

    Great news, thanks Reto for the copies.

  • Erik L.

    Need to catch up with the changes in the latest platform. This book would really help.

  • Maxweipo

    i need one!!

  • Peter Å

    I could take one :-)

  • Tim

    wouldn't mind that book

  • Mariano

    Nice chance!

  • Tom

    Looks good!

  • Raul Marengo Lopez

    Looking forward to reading this!

  • PeEllAvaj

    Hey there! I want to win!

  • Castaway

    Just trying my luck

  • Rafa

    International? Nice!
    Good luck everyone ;)

  • http://twitter.com/AmanAlam Aman Alam

    It will surely be a pleasure to the eyes as well as to the brain.

    Wishing to win at least one :)[email protected]

  • nayajhen

    Oh this'd be perfect for a budding Android dev like me, eh? eh? eh?

  • Hesham Abo El-Maged

    Good luck , hope i could get a copy of this marvy book . 

  • Frannois

    good Luck

  • Mvdcamp

    Interesting....let's try my luck

  • kenwen

    I'll buy it if I don't win but I never turn down free books :)

  • Aaseesh

    I would love to read this book :) Good Luck everyone!

  • Brandon T.

    Cool looking forwards to setting up a widget with a listview.

  • Carsten

    Just seeing my apps on ICS makes them look much better! Loking forward to get even more out of Android 4

  • BoD


  • Dariusz Gadomski

    I hope this book is as good as ICS itself :)

  • Steven

    Seems to be are really good book. I'd love to win one :-)

  • http://profiles.google.com/dustin.steiner Dustin Steiner

    I would love this one :D

  • gary

    I'd like to own one and start development on my galaxy nexus

  • o0


  • Prash D

    Ooh I'd love to get my hands on this..maybe learn a thing or few and actually update the apps I have in market for the better.  

  • Iñaki

    Hi, One for me please

  • DrHotmann

    Count me in!

  • SergiBC


  • Keith Kaplan

    I'd love to get a book. I'm in the process of learning how to develop for Android and it would help so much.

  • alopix

    Yes please :D

  • Stephane Castrec

    Good luck everyone.
    I hope I'll get one. Could be useful!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bhavik-Tikudiya/100000911900347 Bhavik Tikudiya

     allways wished to have one copy...hoping this time i will..!!

  • Gracek

    That's a great book. It would be awesome to win, as I get closer to writing my own app.

  • Jara

    Just starting to learn android! Would be great to win :)

  • jdex

    I want one

  • John Frink


  • Mandhor

    Wishing all you best luck!

  • Rodrigo Sim

     I read the version 2.0 of this book and it is really a excellent book. Hopefully I will get this one also and learn more about the Fragments API.

    Best Regards

  • Karnaj

    And very nice looking book!

  • Ian Barker

    **DO NOT** click that 'Download>>' button if you see it.  It is an advert that has nothing to do with this site or the author and goes to a place where it offers you a download manager.

    It may be harmless (I'm not going to try it!) - but it's definitely unethical and does not have anything to do with the book.

    It's a Google ad problem btw, not this site or the author.

  • Rodrigo Amaro

    I really want this books! =) In my country this books are sooo expensive! 

  • http://twitter.com/tadejkolino Tadej Rudec
  • Noobs

    I'd love to win

  • fixxmyhead

    pick me im gonna be going to school for programming in the summer and this would help me out alot

  • Ilzarka

    It will be awesome if I get it!

  • http://twitter.com/StevenWeldler Steven Weldler


  • Dylan Ea

    I've been learning Android development from one of the books I bought after hearing about it from AP. I would love to win this one.

  • Jeremy W.

    I would love to have a copy of this book and getting it for free would be aces.  I guess if I don't win, I'll likely still go buy it since the Android book I have is ancient.  Good luck everyone.

  • Jabawack81

    I've really wonna this book

  • Angel2005 Miguel
  • Neil Connor

    Looking forward to starting some Professional Android development!

  • Zeta FA

    That would really REALLY help

  • Alan Jeon

    It's worth to buy it. :)

  • karthikeyan ramaswamy

    Looks like an offer on hard copy of the book. I would love to receive one with author signed (if possible).

  • Florian Bernstein

    Nice contest. 

  • Chris

    I'd love a copy of this book. I've yet to find an Android development book that suits my needs, but this one just sounds awesome. Need something to help me kickstart my development.

  • r1fo

    Here goes!! Thanks for the give away

  • Sean Rector

    Sweet!  Would love to win this!

  • Henning

    I never win anything.

  • Seymores

    Fuck, now I am never going to get that free books.

  • Chris Burbank

    I'd LOVE a copy of this one

  • Dipito31

    Great book. Can use it to improve my app development skills.

  • Onyx Mueller

    The book looks great!  Nice job Reto!

  • Seth

    Prior editions were fantastic.  Would love a copy!

  • http://profiles.google.com/elad.richardson Elad Richardson

    Looks like a fine book, can't wait to read it :)

  • Valentino Delussu

    Lo voglio!

  • Guitarskoota

    Would love to win a copy of this book.  Always wanted to learn how to make some apps.

  • thommcg


  • Ryan Berkeley

    I really want one. Thanks.

  • Eric

    Nice prize, thanks for all the good articles!  I'd like to look into developing Android apps.

  • savedR


  • Paweł Zięba

    It would be nice to read it. But chances to win the book are very low :)

  • Asbjørn A. Fellinghaug

    Would be awesome to have this book!

    Have previously read one of Reto Meier's Android books, and its pretty good!

  • Arun Prasad

    It would be cool to have this book....

  • Rickyt92

    Game Development