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.

  • mn

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  • Rones Pander
  • Vyrlokar

      Android 4 development! Exactly what I was looking for! good luck everyone!

  • CHANGiism

    I would love a copy of this too, so I can start learning to become a dev of the century!

  • Michael Franklin

    I would like the book for reference purposes.

  • Drod2169

    Would love one :) 

  • Hensen Lizar

    I really need this book

    Going to start my android app for final year project soon

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  • Randy Donald

    o long johnson

  • Juhani

    I really don't have an idea where to put in my email when logged in disqus qith a twitter account but I guess that twitter is good enough way to reach me if I win :)

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

      We can see your email if you use Disqus just fine.

  • Cody Oss

    I want!

  • Brian Hanifin

    I have been learning iOS development, but I really feel like a traitor. As penance I have been sentenced to learn Android development. This book would be a great help!

  • sssgadget

    looking forward to some android development!!!

  • Bif MacMullen

    Looking forward to this book!

  • Larry Badagliacca

    I liked the Android 2 version.   

  • Markus Plänitz

    Trying to get my hands on one of those :) 

  • DumJumJmyWum

    Yay for freebies!

  • RhythmicNature

    I can't wait to learn from such a comprehensive source!

  • http://www.geeknik.com/ geeknik

    I will create awesome apps with help from my new book! =)

  • Johny

    Best giveaway

  • The One and Only

    Pretty prettyyyyy please

  • Casey Kline


  • Paul Raymond

    I love a copy of this book to help with developing Android 4 applications. I have a lot of experience programming in the past. Thank you and Good Day! Regards!

  • micke gråborg

    Hopefully this is my lucky day..

  • Johannes

    I'd loove to win this gorgeous book as I want to become a good developer :P

  • flo

    This is great, I'd love to have that. One of the few development books I'd like to have on my desk (instead of just using Google etc.)… thank's android police :)

  • Drew Nusser

    Yes please!

  • http://profiles.google.com/sungam Magnus Kwan

    Just in time for my first Android app

  • Pzagor2

    Me me me !!!! 

  • Charles Guardino

    Trying to get my hands on one of those :)

  • KreeTerry

    ok, trying to win another dev book.  hoping to get this one, wife wont let me drop the cash to pick one up from my local barnes and noble so you guys are my only chance :)

  • Devon

    Would love to get this book!!

  • Dreamhawk

    Id like one please! :)

  • http://www.netuality.ro/ Adrian Spinei

    Ok, count me in! :)

  • Blackhawk5177

     i alway wanna know how to make app

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=634701320 Marcelo Zambrana

    Nice!!! i need it right now :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/murphy2712 Julien D.

    Very useful book!

  • http://profiles.google.com/gregrnel Greg Nelson

    I would use my development powers to fight the powers of evil!

  • Fireball9199

    This is a Comment.

  • Forrest Rawls

    I so want this. I hope I win one.

  • RocketScience11

    I already won one of these books awhile back, but it is growing outdated and this seems much better... so count me in!

  • Eric dube

    I'd quite like this book!

  • Nick Nikolaou

    Help a poor undergrad student out ;)

  • DirkB

    Ok... Maybe I can finally get it right with this book!

  • ninjadan9

    Looks interesting.

  • IL

    Shouldn't general parts of this book be open-sourced? Anyway, book is worth reading for general understanding of Android 4 platform.

  • Antonio Chillarón

    I have being looking for this book, it would be nice to win it. If not I think I will purchase it

  • Mike Adams

    Really looking forward to this  book.. even more so if it's free!

  • Neal S.

    I have an older version of this book.  When will upgrade pricing be available for tech books if you go digital?  I think Amazon needs to support these kinds of purchases in the future.

  • Sqf_varios

    I think that is the book that I need to learn android.

  • Johan Pelgrim

    Feeling lucky...

  • Andrewscs

    As a lonely android developer, I haven't make the switch to ICS yet, been waiting for the right book and I think this is the book I have been waiting for. I will make full use of it if I get my hands on it.

  • Squid!

    ANY comment will do? ANY?

  • Appelflap

    Aha! Updated for ICS. Count me in :-)

  • theangi

    I would really enjoy this book, becouse i'm developing app for Android!

  • Shimizu

    I'd like to read this book.

  • Lukaszp

    I'd love to win a copy :)

  • Virgilio Paulino

    Come on. I hope I win this book seems really interesting to read.

  • Mcstraun69

    I wish everyone (mostly myself) good luck in winning this great gift.

  • billracine

    Wrox books ROCK!

  • http://profiles.google.com/thomas.walters.jr Thomas Walters

    This looks like a great way for an entry level programmer to get involved with Android! 

  • Kaz

    sweet! This would be a great pickup!

  • Taffit

    Me! Want! Now!
    And keep on your good work...

  • Mikem

    I would love this book.

  • http://profiles.google.com/borcegeorgiev Borce Georgiev

    My app needs some NFC Beam love :)

  • Jean Carlos Jimenez

    That book is mine!

  • Higbie Tom

    Just what I need!

  • Nishanta

    thanks for all the giveaways!

  • kevink

    This is way too cool

  • Alejandro Yepes

    I want to start some projects around android programing! I want it!

  • Ykadoura 87

    This book would be nice to have.

  • Android All Da Way

    This book will be the best birthday gift I'll get!

  • Duncan Roosma

    Oh i really really want this book!!!!

  • http://www.feedchimp.com/ Nick DeSousa

    Honestly I'm a beginner at Android Coding, but I learn through challenging myself.  I would make great use of this book!  Thank you AP.

  • Adamphillips123

    Thanks for opening this to the world :-D hope I win :-)

  • BigMoeW

    Lemme get that book

  • UmangKedia

    Got an Atrix 2 today! Wanna get started with the android development!

  • Andrey Ogrodnik

    Do want

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    pick me! pick me!

  • Floppy_virdol

    interesting offer

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    I'd like one...

  • Rowad

    One for me please!

  • Dmdrummond

    Would like this for my bookshelf.

  • Nathan Schubert

    Headed to I/O in June and could use a book like this. Trying to learn as much as I can between now and the big day! Thanks.

  • patapongirl

    Pick me please! <3

  • Patil Vishwa

    I never got anything in giveaway till now.. Hope I get this..!

  • Luis

    I'll be happy to get one.

  • Sebastian Gansca

    I develop Android Application for over 2 years now and I want to start using the power of Android 4 to my apps. I think this book will help me a lot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=701646133 Aytekin Ozdemir

    I am a .NET developer, why not trying a little bit on Android? Looking forward for it!

  • Andrew Riis

    I have been looking at developing for Android, hope I win!

  • Srichand Yella

    That book will greatly help make better apps. I want it.

  • Denys Salikhov

    Hope to have it :) 

  • http://rojekti.fi/ Veeti

    I like turtles.

  • Russ Wilde

    I would like to win this book. That would be awesome. :)

  • Badin Cristi

    Count me in!

  • jason jones

    I would love to own a copy of this book

  • casey

    I have an earlier version (2) - it's excellent.  Can't wait to read the new one. :)

  • Rob

    knowledge is power!

  • Jerkyshore

    oh wow, i would love that :)

  • henry zou

    can't say no to free books!

  • Patrick


  • http://twitter.com/Aidanchurch Aidanchurch

    I leant my Android Development 2 book to a classmate and it was never returned. Would be really cool to get an upgraded replacement!

  • Camino

    I would like to get a copy )

  • Flavio Costa

    Finally this book is available!!!! I want it!!!

  • mike shelton

    Definitely need this, I got some ideas a brewing!

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    I really need this book! please pick me!

  • Codygilchrest

    wow seems very interesting :D

  • Janitha Karunathilake

    I also want it :)

  • Alin Postolache

    I could really use this book! I've just started developing for Android and the Reto Meier' book is a must!

  • Dudau

    I'd like to win.

  • Bailey Sandlin

    Need it....need to start making android apps

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    Gimme, gimme, gimme Your Book after midnight ;-]

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    Yes Please!

  • Joselillo

    I'd love to have it...

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    I would love this pretty please

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ITLNJH5KJBZM4XFFK3M3KKXA6I Old

    already 869 comments... this book is a great success, would love one.
    Thank you Aaron and Android Police!

  • Alexandre Ladeira

    I want one!!

  • Boni2k

    Please make me happy!

  • Amar

    Wow, everyone needs a copy

  • Lateef

    I want a book!

  • redGNU

    I'd like to take a shot as well!

  • Anirudh

    Favour me, oh random algorithms. This book would be a godsend.

  • Pescadofresco

    One for me please!!

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    Count me in, I'd like to get this book in front of me

  • Marc Zdon

    Count me in!

  • Aron Knifstrom

    That would be nice to have that book.

  • RedZalgo

    This would be amazing to have! I've always wanted to get into Android Application Development! 

  • Drew Romanyk

    It'd be awesome if I get this!

  • Cole Boggess

    I would really love to start making Android apps

  • Nenad Kostic

    Lett the force be with you!

  • Derek

    I'd like the book.

  • MDroid

    I want to keep learning...

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    Count me in!

  • Allen

    In it to win it

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    I WANT!!

  • Luis Martins

    this book promises...

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    need this :)

  • http://twitter.com/davelowp David Lopez

    One book this way please!

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    Indha puthagathirku naan tharpodhu thagudhiyaanavanall.

  • http://twitter.com/mexedavian Mexed Avian

    I would love this thx for doing the giveaway

  • Michell Bak

    That'd be awesome!! :)

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    Yes, please!

  • Zacthespack

    would love this book :D

  • Jerry

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  • Gusthema

    This book is great! At least the previus one was...

  • Apovtx

    Good luck!!

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    Im down

  • Cvielma

    I want this book sooooo much!

  • Allen

    I would love to have one...