Last Updated: July 10th, 2012

The contest is now over. Here are the winners, selected at random:
  • Danny Holyoake
  • Zhe Xi Ooi
  • Marc Zdon
  • Dennis F Heffernan   
  • Melvin Blokhuijzen   
  • Pegasus195   
  • Raido   
  • Sirdeiu   
  • Justin  
  • Brett Glisson

Congratulations - you will be contacted for your information in the near future!

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There are a lot of integrated development environments out there, and when it comes to Android, Eclipse is one of the most popular. As always, Apress has every budding developer's back with a book written specifically for getting people up and running on the IDE. The book is called Android Apps with Eclipse, and it covers everything from installing and configuring Eclipse to finalizing and tweaking your app.

Android Apps with Eclipse


Written by Onur Cinar, the book spans a 372 pages and is offered in both paperback ($31) and eBook ($32).

Eclipse is the most adopted integrated development environment (IDE) for Java programmers. And, now, Eclipse seems to be the preferred IDE for Android apps developers.

Android Apps with Eclipse provides a detailed overview of Eclipse, including steps and the screenshots to help Android developers to quickly get up to speed on Eclipse and to streamline their day-to-day software development. This book includes the following:

  • Overview of Eclipse fundamentals for both Java and C/C++ Development.
  • Using Eclipse Android Development Toolkit (ADT) to develop, debug, and troubleshoot Android applications.
  • Using Eclipse C/C++ Development Toolkit (CDT) in conjunction with Android Native Development Kit (NDK) to integrate, develop and troubleshoot native Android components through Eclipse.
What you’ll learn
  • How to use the most popular Java IDE for Android apps development
  • How to install and configure Eclipse for Android development
  • How to build an Android media player app using the Eclipse IDE
  • How to leverage Eclipse with the Android Native Development Kit for C/C++ needs
  • How to leverage Eclipse for scripting using Android's SL4A (Scripting Layer for Android)
  • How to do continuous integration in Eclipse, including source code controls, scripting builds with Ant and more
Who this book is for

This book is for both beginner and intermediate developers who would like to quickly come up to speed on Android development using the Eclipse IDE.

Developers who follow along with the examples in the bok will build a movie player app, then learn to add AVI support to it. It will also teach how to script for the app using Lua.

The Contest

Apress has been generous enough to partner up with us to give away 10 copies of Android Apps with Eclipse. To enter, just leave a comment telling us what kind of app you want to create with your new-found skills. Be sure to include your email address so that we can contact you if you win!

The contest is open to everyone in the world (fully international) and will run from today (Saturday, June 30) until Wednesday, Thursday, July 5 at 11:59 PM PST. Winners will be chosen at random and contacted via email.

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.

  • TrumpeterBuizel

    Being the band geek that I am, I would probably make a marching band-themed tower defense game with all of the various instruments as towers, and then put it on the Google Play store as either an ad-supported or paid game.

  • Marc Zdon

    I've already built an application designed to educate people on how settings in the phone can make you phone more or less secure, but it's ugly and functionality is minimal.  I'd like to beef it up.  It needs to look nicer, and I'd like to include application security scanning to educate users on how data is handled by applications and what that might mean for a user and potential attacker.  Mobile devices are targeted by attackers constantly and some people just make it too easy just by not knowing how to protect themselves.  It was a senior project at Drexel, but I want to make it something that people could actually use and learn from.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1239985606 Nicholas Herlinsky

    I would like to make an app that notifies you when an app that you like but have uninstalled is updated.

  • billracine

    I'd like to write an app that would allow Church's to keep in touch with their parishioners, provide homilies online via audio, calendar of parish events, contact info for their Priests, sign up for volunteer opportunities, keep track of Feast days and Holy Days of Obligation.  

  • ChrisM

    I would create an app that makes your life easier by taking all the all-day hassle out of your brain and outsourcing it to your mobile phone / tablet

  • Sven79

    I can't give away my idea, but trust me, it's good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Captain.Eric.Gagnon.the.III Eric Gagnon

    I stole Sven79s idea and i would like to make it my own ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/larsgbnielsen Lars Gyrup Brink Nielsen

    The first app I would create is a general time management app for busy families/househoulds :)

  • gmv

    I would like to make a historical events aggregator. 

  • Graham Woodward

    I want to make an app for moving and keeping track of nandroid backups

  • Dennis

    A better twitter app... No seriously.

  • Dominickford

    e and the wife are on the Dave Ramsey plan (Getting and staying out of debt). I would like to make a $0 budget app taylor made for me and my Dave Ramsey buddies that allows us to pay off debt. In the budget every dollar has a name down to $0. This would greatly help

  • Bas

    A handy toolkit for everything that has to do with time, like a timezone converter, clock, stopwatch, counter, etc.

  • jim_cureton

    I would like to an app to help me learn Spanish conjugation. Jim underscore cureton at Hotmail dot com

  • Apovtx

    Well i'm not sure yet, but i have couple of nice ideas!
    Good luck!

  • Stefan
  • FirefighterMatt56

    I would expand on my mass texting app and build a multipad that I have been wanting to make for a good while.

  • CordellCollins
  • Majdy Shaltaf
  • bdoserror

    I want to make a better app for splitting a restaurant receipt.

  • Roman Baumgaertner

    An application which makes the Nexus Q a killer device for your home environment. Don't want to go in to details but the app would be a bundle of cool stuff not only streaming audio and video ...

  • Gre Gor

    A game and an app for a web service to make it easier to navigate on a phone.

  • Raido
  • Jays2Kings

    I may make some apps for certain sites without a mobile sites, as well as a few games.

  • ערדור הבר

    i want to develop a game that take advantage of all the features of the smartphone and that be easy to play without the uncomfortable buttons i start studying it  and i have some neat idea and this cam help me achieved my goal and make a real game that will be built for the phones and yet be worth playing

  • fixxmyhead

    A better clock app with neat features

  • Dana Kianfar

    I'd want to make a simple app for keeping track of what you owe to others and what they owe to you (money, etc) with some integration into the calendar and email notifications.

  • scsmith_di

    I'd like to build a smaller weather widget with better push notifications.

  • Gábor Barta

    An organizer app for images.

  • br_hermon

    I want to create anything my imagination will let me. I'm a freelance, self-employed, designer/developer and I just want to learn more and add to my knowledge of Android and app development :)

    Email me through Disqus.

  • shirt guy zach

    i'd like to create a better lockscreen, based off an idea i have had for a while.

  • MJ

    So many ideas but so little time... A free book would go a long way towards re-prioritizing my time. :-)

  • Joash Trash

    And app that will monitor bus so I know how long I will be waiting or how late for work I am going to be. Subways too

  • zmberven

    I'd like to start with Hello World... Then on from there.

  • Scott Cole

    Yahtzee like app.

  • Steventribe

    I'd like to create an app for football fans to list fixtures and give the details of how to travel to ground, parking, hotel information and local eating places.

  • Johannes

    I want to create a comprehensive University-Assistant, able to manage your day to day life as a student in a deeply connected way.

    So I really hope to get a copy of this book to support my skills =)

  • hollywoodfrodo

    I'd like to develop a cool unique alternate lock screen that takes a different approach than the others out there.

  • Speedy Kevin

    With the knowledge I gained from reading this book I will not create a App myself. I will transfer my knowledge to my class of students, so they can create the Apps they want!

  • Andy_in_Indy

    Androind needs a 3D scanner app using the camera and render script.

  • engemasa

    I would make a power management app, an app keep logs of vehicle maintenance along with collecting data from a Bluetooth enabled OBDI port dongle... And many others as well. :D Perhaps I would have enough skills to quit my job and work from home so I can enjoy my first born son now. :D

  • Joshua Carnett

    I'd probably go with a game of some sort because they're just fun to build.

  • Dani Litland

    I would like to make apps that can simplify your daily life.

  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    Holo Facebook app.

  • JamesTiberiusKirk

    I want to make a keyboard that combines Swype with swift key like functionality as well as some other features such as two finger scrolling. May seem unreasonable, but this is the first step!

  • http://komorkomania.pl/author/michal-brzezinski Michal Brzezinski

    Some badass Holo-like Twitter app!

  • Chris Peng

    Combining this with the other book on gaming, create a gaming app. 2d sidescrolling shooter

  • Going_home

    I'd like to make an app to have state laws on concealed weapons and those with reciprocity for other states instantly available for those traveling with their weapons. 

  • Sirdeiu

    I would like to create a new social media application, combining Twitter, Facebook etc.

  • Greg Harris

    I'd like to create an app that can hold a (regularly updated) db of what it will cost you to roam on different cell networks as you travel

  • http://twitter.com/ericwilborn Eric Wilborn

    I have an idea for a task app that I'd love to develop.

  • Dennis F Heffernan

    It may seem silly but I'd write some character builder apps for MMOs I play. Champions Online and maybe City of Heroes. Among other things of course.

  • Jerry

    I'm going to create the best damned flashlight app ever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alejoar Alessio Panacotta

    I have an idea about a music+video app, where you would record several tracks (like a looper, one over the other) while filming you playing your instruments at the same time. Then you can compose everything and make a videoclip with your song adding visual effects and stuff. 

  • Eric_D

    I'd like to create an app that scans shoes and tells you where to buy them. ;)

  • Mitch frankel

    I'd like to make an app that allows for simple sounds to play when you press a photo, like the digital picture frames with sound that I have sent my grandmother.

  • http://profiles.google.com/vittorio.maric Vittorio Maric

    I would like to make a music generator :)

  • sta27

    A notes app that logs your notes with time and location so you can do stream-of-consciousness note taking.

  • nassT

    why is the ebook version more expensive than the physical version?  I'm not sure that makes sense.  Any who, I would continue making apps for students, like ones that explain sciences, physics, chem, math, bio, etc.  but hopefully they will look a little nicer than they do now

  • savage fury

    I want to design and build an app that integrates microsoft and google calenders flawlessly.

  • egorzilla

    I would create an app to manage all my books and movies.

  • Brian Walker

    I have a plan with my brother to make a game for Android, and it would be nice to have a reference point. I'm starting my programming classes in the fall, but having a book specific to Android would be great. 

  • Alex

    I want to make a floating hide and seek game that interacts with all of your apps and sends you on missions to go find things to teach people about their phones. :D

  • Jeremy

    I would like to make a couple of card games and then go from there.

  • Jenslyn42

    I would like to make an app that would allow you to create gestures with associated actions, which would always work, no matter what app you were in.

  • Tarek El-Eter


  • Anthony Mironenko

    I'd make an adventure platformer game, my first foray into game development

  • http://twitter.com/alxalejandro393 Alex Esparza-Sandy

    I actually have several ideas ranging from games (adventure, homage, action, casual), school related (such for Calculus, Chemistry, etc) and other as well. This contest could be the start I need!

  • smithers85

    I'd like to make an app that can tell me why the e-book version of this publication costs more than a paper printed copy of the same book. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1004018091 Izar Tarandach

    Why constrain ourselves with one idea only? With a great book like this, the sky is the limit!
    But my learning app would be a dog-friendly travel companion that would help you find nearby accommodations, restaurants and parks willing to cater for our four-legged family members.

  • Tindleaj

    I will create an app to sync my phone with the current temperature on the moon, via equipment left behind during the final Apollo mission.

  • jaykeeley

    I'd create an app for the students at my university to tell them information about campus automatically. This would include the availability of campus computers, the location and nav to classrooms using google maps and potentially indoor mapping and pull information from the university system for email, timetabling etc. The source code for this would allow other users to tune this for their universities

  • Aerinx
  • http://www.facebook.com/Blalasaadri Alasdair Collinson

    I'm currently working on a game engine for Android and this book would be extremely helpful for some of the tasks still awaiting me. :-)

  • James Wadden

    I've got an app I'm working on that will take the android community by surprise. Android Police, and Apress. Would you like to be listed in the credits?? If so, you know what to do. :)

  • http://twitter.com/sakura_candy Lumi

    I'm going to make a "procrastination prevention" app that warns users when they are using their phone during office hours.

  • adam

    I would use it to make a great, free app...however, it doesn't seem like a good idea to openly tell everyone. That is how inventions/ideas are stolen.

    The book will be worn when I am done reading it - so please pick me.

  • Michael

    I'd love this to help get me creating an app

  • Jonathan

    I would like to learn how to make a fantasy baseball app.

  • calvinnbs

    I think the current home automation apps are either lacking or seriously overpriced so I'd start writing one

  • Atpiggy

    I would create an app for my high school's mobile development club, as a project to let students be able to see and read school events and news, doing things like being able to set events accordingly

  • Sgtreesh37

    I'd like to see if it's possible to make an app that keeps track of how often which apps crash or force close. I believe this info will make for better quality app selection.

  • ins0mn1a

    I would like to make an app that controls some devices at home.

  • Zach B

    Probably a student planner app that I've been meaning to start for about, idk, a year or so.

  • Stevemiske

    Working on my now game app and fighting with my current IDE I need something better.  using to many IDE's as it is. 

  • The Big Difference

    I will make an app that allows you to see through clothes.

  • Randy

    I'd like to make a custom alarm clock.

  • Shaun

    I would like to create an app to make my job more efficient less paper and just more organized.

  • Kevin Kintner

    I want to create a new social media widget pack. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/JOHN.R.P.JR John Robert Peters

    I would like to create a "Don't Break The Chain" app. All the one's I have found are no good in my opinion. I would like to create my own and I know a ton of people that would love to have one including myself.

  • Brett Glisson

    Looking to build an app around tracking and categorizing beer, with a social aspect. Hooray beer!

  • TheShadowZero

    i really want to create an app that handles parking information at our school, because it's never easy to tell when you can park where

  • Andrew L

    I'd like to develop business-oriented apps

  • Muhammad Assar

    I'd like to make a dashboard for business ERP solutions

  • Hensen Lizar

    I want to make a stylish, easy to use and lot of function clock app

  • dito

     I'd like an app that makes new apps.

  • J Kay

    daily shopping price comparison app

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BORBZ4CRU5QLUX7426N7FDR4ME Ali

    that would be awesome! 

  • Rimvydas Masiukas

    write my own client to control my PC over WiFi

  • Mohammed Affan

    I'm looking to create an app that connects to the ALPHA heart rate monitor (
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/alphaheartrate/alpha-the-holy-grail-of-heart-rate-look-ma-no-hand) over Bluetooth to record and analyse the user's heart rate over time and perhaps allow extracting that data for use by medical professionals.

  • http://payaxy.myopenid.com/ payaxy

    I'd like to try to learn, quite simply. I know some basic Java already, but I wanted to get better, and what better way to learn then by coding for device I use every day :)

  • Markus Unger

    I want to create a awesome game for everyone :)

  • kenwen

    I want to improve my dog lost app. It integrates with a UK national database of lost dogs to help reunite them with their owners

  • erivani

    i want to make an application which integrate your accounts into one app so you can easily do your banking activity from your phone, be it making a transfer, paying bills, etc. 

    • dodanhhieu

      contact me via skype : do.danhhieu
      we are outsource team.

  • Mukund

    i'd like to create interesting puzzle games for android.

  • Apekaas

    I would like to make a calender app that would inter grade with my university calender :)

  • Ashish

    I want to develop my own app... It's high time now

  • Jacob Siebert

    I'm going to make a specialized Larping RPS generator.  Niche app ftw.

  • Matteo

    An app to manage my book collection.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    I would make some stock applications and improve others with functionality similar to iOS but with an Android twist such as widget functionality and compliance with the Android design standards.

    They would be made primarily for CyanogenMod (and indeed other ROMs) but will also be placed on Google Play, these are including starting off with a decent Memo, Clock, Calendar, Calculator, Voice Recorder, File Manager... 

  • Paul B

    I want to make some games for young kids as I can't find many good ones!

  • Hassan Latif

    I want to build an app for giving access to whmcs customer panel for hosting companies. Right now we have an app to manage admin area but there is no app available which gives ability to manage customer area by customers themselves.

  • besthiroeu

    Id like to build an app for my local public transportation. App would include list of stations (integrated with Google Maps), list of routes and other related stuff.

  • Dudauandrei

    I'd develop an app about the public transport in my city.

  • Harish

    I want to create a more intuitive and stronger password manager

  • http://twitter.com/rafaugm Rafa UGM

    I want it to make an app that will help me with everything in my life.

  • József Király

    The book would definitely come handy for University (beginning in September), so I hope I win one :D

  • Aditya Kavoor

    i'd like to create  a suite of applications which offer a unique ui design inculding, dialer, sms, music etc

  • http://twitter.com/patatdrolleke83 patatdrolleke83

    I really don't know what to make, but still willing to learn! :)

  • Florin Vîrdol

    I want to develop a GPS-tracking app. Hope I'll win! 
    Thanks in advance!

  • shadowdrakken

    I have a number of RPG and TCG/CCG utilities I'd like to create. I'm hoping this book will be a good help with the UI side of Android apps.

  • Aflate

    I would like to use the video functionality to create moving textures in games, and the lua scripting to script for the game I will write for university next year

  • bertraze

    I'd like to make a rendition of the card game Mille Bornes, which doesn't currently have a good Android app.

  • Dominikos

    With my new-found skills, I would make an app which alerts me if someone is at my front door, even if I'm not at home.

  • Kelvin Xu

    Really typical but I want to make a simple game (sort of like Doodle Jump in terms of programmatic simplicity) or something that will be productive e.g. I'm currently developing a timetable application for my school.

  • Luis Sanchez
  • AndroidSince08

    Iv`e always had many ideas for great apps, but no idea where to start. Obviously I wouldn't want to share any,  because if I don`t win, I can`t stop someone from taking it.

  • http://twitter.com/YoX89 Jonathan Hagberg

    Some cool live wallpapers.

  • Jman

    I'd love to make an app to help track and manage my own stock portfolio as well as other tools for managing personal investments.

  • James Jun

    A notes app that is incredibly easy and simple to use, yet offers a powerful palette of tools for the more advanced users. One that connects seamlessly across your apps, recognizing what you want in your notes, and making changes automatically for you so you don't have to. An intelligent notes app basically.

  • Matthias

    I want to make an app that will make me rich. 

  • RNMack

    With this information I want to build an app to keep a running set of vital signs, meds given, and patient response to be used in an emergency room setting for up to ten parients; will include some history on regular visitors.

  • droid1234

    The app I would try to create will help users to have an unified launcher experience will all their devices. 

  • http://twitter.com/SoWhy SoWhy

    As a jurist, I'd love to attempt to develop an app for all the laws I currently have to carry around in paper (but with the same options I have with paper - current apps only allow viewing them, not comments, links, etc.)

  • Dieter Vandenbroeck

    Just like Matthias, preferably an app that makes me rich. On the other hand, probably some useless stuff until I find a good idea (or stop).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chad-Hoblitz/643362430 Chad Hoblitz

    I would like to design and write  a location aware task list

  • AgustinRodriguez

    I would like to create a cloud storage aggregator that lumps all of your cloud storage into one place. I would also like to port some old games from the 90s (Rogue Squadron, Episode 1 Racer, Sim Copter) I would love playing those again.

  • AgustinRodriguez

    I would like to create a cloud storage aggregator that lumps all of your cloud storage into one place. I would also like to port some old games from the 90s (Rogue Squadron, Episode 1 Racer, Sim Copter) I would love playing those again.

  • Alex

    Right now I want to make an alarm clock similar to the Blur alarm clock for use on non-motorola phones.

  • Lateef

    I would like to make an app that will let anyone share files through wifi, 3g/4g, Bluetooth, and nfc

  • Vladimir Svydenko

    I want to write some interesting games - i have two ideas to make puzzles to increasing your brain.. ))
    And want to do it in Eclipse

  • http://www.facebook.com/jmatt306 Matt Johnson

    Well I don't want to give away my idea for an application. But it's a way to connect a lot of thoughts and relevant ideas in a unique way and with a very unique interface. You should let me win just so you get to find out what I'm making at some point.

  • Tyler Chappell

    I want to create an app that is helpful for actor's with finding auditions and monologues!

  • touchboarder

    Create a media player application with overlays! 

  • Devgeek

    I have several insurance related apps that I want to write

  • Andrey Ogrodnik

    I want to make a app to check my grades at college

  • http://profiles.google.com/kanebateman kane bateman

     Education - Ive started writing plans to develop apps for the disabled.  This book would help me implement the development and gain more understanding in developing more quality driven apps.

  • JamisonFrady

    I want to build an app that enable users to easily create, join, and participate in neighborhood watches. Oh, and you can contact me @ jamison --at-- quietartphoto --dot-- com if I win a copy, thanks!

  • Override182

    faily simple and lame but important for me, an Nfc+Wifi Direct app just like in GalaxyS2. Its annoying that this isnt a native feature in Android.