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.

  • Cheno Urizar

    I love their books! I'm in.

  • Tim Brown

    Good luck to all!

  • Bobby Hargett

    I hope I win it and I hope I actually read it.  lol

  • rsmiff

    I would definitely take a copy. Thanks!

  • Ralf

    I've already read the first chapter and I'm excited for the rest. If I don't win, I will definitively buy a copy. 

    Greetings from Germany

  • ramy

    I'll take one :)

  • Michael Sheils

    Love to have a copy of this.

  • Guillermo Andrades

    Good luck

  • Mdowns989

    Exactly what I need!!

  • http://michael-lipson.com Michael Lipson

    o.O please?

  • Emilio F

    Hope i win

  • Phil Heenan

    count me in....

  • DCMich

    If I win I may start believing that somebody really wins something. If I don't, well I'll keep trying anyway. :-) 

  • hurric

    oh that's awesome! thanks guys! these giveaways are very good and educational. I'd love to win this book as I loved the first book.

  • Kentborg
  • Enrique Paños Montoya

    Good luck everyone! ;)

  • aidelos

    Already read "edition", looking forward to the new version. :)

  • Kmoore812

    Good book

  • http://twitter.com/perpetumdesign Pavel Lahoda

    Hey Aaron,

    Interesting to see such a giveaway with such a tremendous amount of replies...seems people are really interested in the book.

    Would you mind to elaborate on your motivation for such a giveaway ? Thanks.

  • Marc Poppleton

    Hasta la coda, baby!

  • http://bartoszgadzala.github.com Bartosz Gadzała

    Always wanted to read it.

  • RyanB

    This would be awfully cool to win

  • Chinaski

    I'm in!

  • IKANs

    1 for Android 2 for tha Police!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sam-Monty/708655348 Sam Monty

    Great way to keep up with the fast growing community of glorified Android development.

  • Rik

    Sounds like a great book. Nice giveaway.

  • anddev

    I want one of those!

  • Maga

    I hope to win because recently I was about to start to learn how to develop Android application. Everything what I need for that is good book:)

  • Carlos S.

    Looks nice! With the "Terminator" and all! You can send me a copy!

  • Chris Comeaux

    I have the Android 2.0 version and it's great!

  • Fedepaol

    If I don't win I will definetely buy one!

  • Johnathan Higginson

    Need to round out my collection on the subject

  • Jamie

    Would LOVE to win this! The awesome boyfriend is a programmer and this would be a stellar anniversary gift for him!

  • flaviucu

    Hope to win this time :D

  • http://ddrvan.com/ Daniel Van Dale

    Yes, please!

  • Jón Ingi Bergsteinsson

    I would love to get a copy!! I've been using older version of this book for help, while developing my own telemedice-systems for the healthcare-sector!
    Great books!!

  • Paul Blundell


  • Cmcg247

    I really really want this book but cant afford it

  • Ohad Maor

    Ohh yea I am going to develop a T-800 HAHA :X

  • Alexander

    I've heard this book is great!

  • Sukumar Patel

    Lovely Oppurtunity, Hope I can win it

  • YetAnotherAndroidWannabe

    As of this writing, total comment count here is ~650. And there are just 10 books. Thats roughly 1 book for 65 posters. Awesome going. Considering the popularity of this book, I wont be surprised if this will reach 2000 by Friday.

    Thanks AP and Wrox for giving us a chance.

  • Talkarliner7

    Thank you I want the book

  • Rachid

    Have been looking for a good android dev book to get me started. Looks just the ticket! :-)

  • http://twitter.com/cristcost Cristiano Costantini

    I've really appreciated the previous version for Android 2, I've seen the table of contents and it seem an interesting update. _However_ it is still missing a chapter (or an appendix) on how to develop for android using Maven: this topic deserve more attention ;-)

  • copolii

    Me me me!

  • Michael

    I like the previous one, so I'll love this one ;)

  • Ary

    This should be a really good reference.Hope I'd get it.

  • Invitado

    I want it!

  • xaniphus

    I've got the second one. would be a nice upgrade. d-(o.o)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1248483278 Chaz D. Tanner

    As a new programmer and android fan i could use as much reference material as possible to enhance my knowledge.  Good luck to everyone..

  • Stefan Sonesson

    Just following Reto on G+ does not suffice ;-) I'd be happy to have his book too.

  • Dev

    wow!give me one

  • Taylor

    I've been seriously thinking about learning how to program Android apps. This would be super useful!

  • Martinp

    How "noob"-friendly is it? 

  • http://twitter.com/mattavellaweb Matthew Avella

    Sounds like an awesome book to have.

  • r0adkll

    Must further my android 4.0 UI developing goodness, All praise the Harbinger of Code

  • Lumi

    Now that's cool

  • indynt

    I'l take one!

  • Thom Schröder

    That cover only looks awesome already!

  • Zhe Xi Ooi

    Pick me please! :D

  • http://twitter.com/themainstrm Mike

    I want this. Scratch that I need this. 

  • AJP

    Would be great to win it! Good luck, all!

  • Derek

    What better way to show your love of Ice Cream Sandwich, then developing an app for it. 

  • Virgi Moriel

    Oh! I really want this book!!! :) 

  • I Love Book

    Yes. Book.

  • Alexpolyakov Ua

    free book!!!

  • Josh Lumley

    Awesome, any other book recommendations for someone trying to learn development from scratch?

  • Fede

    I need this book to improve my android skills, please

  • bC6

    Is this book good for noobs to the development platform? Seems like a thorough book on the subject.

  • http://www.thegeekettespeaketh.com HeadGeekette

    Ooh! I'd love to have this book! Reto's books have so much more information in a more understandable format!

  • tobib

    I am currently looking for a book anyway so why not ICS...

  • Hibbah Nasr

    Would love to get this book.

  • Fawkes427

    I need a summer project...this'll do.

  • Ian

    Wow, that is a lot of comments, but then this is a totally awesome book. Yes please!!!

  • mmathieum

    I already have version 2 but I need the new one with the all the ICS stuff.

  • Emeraldjun


  • Daniel

    sugn me up

  • Pinall

    wow. i would read this guy from cover to cover in 

  • Mario Lo

    I can Android, too?

  • Juancosornio

    I want this book, I hope I get one. :)

  • Pinall

    wow. i would read this guy from cover to cover in a short time

  • lnx

    I've never won anything before but it's sure worth a try. :)

  • Stuart Taylor

    Yes please!

  • Tom

    Looking forward to reading this...

  • http://randyjensenonline.com/ randyjensen

    Yes please.

  • lnx

    I've never won anything before but it's sure worth a try. :)

  • peps

    This is awesome :)
    Hope I've got good luck!

  • Tracee de Jesus

    Awesome! I hope I win!

  • Robbie Lizhini

    I could definitely use this resource

  • Akhil sharma

    I have read Reto Meier's previous edition and it was best in the market at that time. I am very interested to see what updates have been made and also how well 
    ICS is covered.

  • Matthias

    This is a great one. Need!!!

  • bedwa

    This would be SO much better than my 10 year old+ Java book.

  • http://twitter.com/rcdroopy Rucas Gomes

    Did you said 
    quality books written by undisputed experts on the topics!?Signe me in!

  • Wasdvd

    Android Police rock.  These book give aways are great.

  • Chuck

    I would love to win one of these books. Count me in.

  • Vozár Tamás

    - Greetings to Everyone -

    These giveaways are super. I'll take one, if you dont mind  : )

    I wish luck to all of You. Have a nice day.

  • mackermedia

    I'm working on a mobile app with a team. We're targeting iOS first, but are soon going to be developing an Android version. I would love to get my hands on a copy of this!

  • Diego C

    Wow! It would be nice to get this book! :)

  • Xemino

    oh yeah, that's the one i always wanted :)

  • Eddie

    Wanting to learn Android for a quite while now so this would be handy :)

  • http://martin.cubeactive.com/ Martin

    I Really hope I win this time. I Would love to read this book. Hope its useful developing my upcoming apps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1420958093 William Killerud

    The previous version of the book was great! I have high hopes for this version :)

  • Xemino

    oh yeah, that's the one i always wanted :)

  • Andries Spies

    Nice book

  • Chiran

    Oh! thats really sweet. I really want this book ...count me also 

  • foareverywun

    yeah books, do want k

  • http://www.facebook.com/untcodegeek Phil Fernandez

    I love Wrox and Android books.  What a combo to have on my desk!

  • kings moot

    Hope to learn.

  • Damian

    I like books.

  • Marquis Massen


  • zyla

    Cool. Want One.

  • Andre Mercado

    Me me me im the one raising my hand super high on tippy toes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15600783 Andrew Le Nguyen

    I would absolutely love a copy.

  • Majdi Jarrar

    One for me, gentlemen

  • JaffaBoy

    Developer in need of learning from the horses mouth

  • Lyn

    Hoping I get lucky!

  • http://gplus.to/juancgarcia JuanCGarcia

    In it to win it! Any chance of a Barnes&Noble edition for my NookColor?

  • Richard Thompson

    This book is the Bible from the man himself Reto Meier (thanks for the link). I would love a copy to improve my apps.

  • Hayk Dingchyan
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000308704523 Andrew Leatherbarrow

    Always wanted to develop my own apps!

  • Tghall74

    I would love to have this book!

  • Paul

    But... Android devices don't run on 6502s...

  • Phill Henry

    Would love to win a copy if this.

  • Bruno

    Let's hope for the golden lady luck!

  • http://blog.firstdove.com Christian M. Z.

    I'm developing Android apps on hobbyist basis, the book will be great for understanding how Android works, especially the changes in Ice Cream Sandwich! Gimme!

  • Martin Rajniak

    Nice, I like the author, really looking forward to reading this one

  • Youpi

    I love Android, i love this book, i want this book!

  • Aaron1Olson

    I really hope to get this as I plan on doing much with Android Development in my future. I really need new books!

  • Marcin Kłos

    I have the Android 2 issue of the book and absolutely love it! Would be great to get the up to date one.

  • James Marsh

    I've been looking for a good, new, nerd book! This fits the bill!

  • IronMan

    Yep, I'd want it too

  • Van TroI

    Amazing, I want it!

  • Ramon Herrera

    I want this book.

  • http://twitter.com/Maverlck Maverlck

    I want this book

  • Eduardo Cardoso

    I would really like this book

  • David


  • Regis

    Awesome ! Need it :) 

  • RT

    Would be good to get my hands on this book. :-)

  • Cheapmeat

    Wouldn't mind one

  • KDeMoya

    Finally, let's go for it! :D

  • Andrew Jones

    Considering I'm going back to school to learn software development, thus would be a welcome addition to my learning :)

  • Joseph Noell

    Awesome. Pick Me!

  • TRiP

    Great book!

  • Palmer Nyako

     I like women, cuz breasts

  • Thorben

     I would read it for sure!

  • Adde

    I'd love to get one.

  • Skedenj

    I would really really need this book. Please :) 

  • Claudio Bastos

    That's awesome!!!

    Finally some chance to brazillian android lover's.
    I love to follow you guys!
    Thanks Android Police!

  • Mike919

    I'd love to have this book. Especially since I just compiled my first, very own AOSP build for toro. :)