Last Updated: June 10th, 2013

Nothing can break a good app quicker than an ugly interface. Conversely, a subpar app can be thrown into the limelight thanks to a beautiful UI. The point is: we're all slightly vain and love to look at pretty things. If you're a developer, making your app visually appealing is absolutely clutch for success; if you're just not sure where to start, however, we've got a book that should be just what the doctor ordered: Android User Interface: Turning Ideas and Sketches into Beautifully Designed Apps ($25, Amazon).

And now's your chance to get one of ten copies for free.

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  2. Jagannath Patil
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  5. Sidiq Tri Nuryadi
  6. Ashiq Ja
  7. Eric Garcia
  8. Aakash Lakhotia
  9. Mitch Ware
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As if the name alone isn't enough, here's a bit about what this book is, well, about:

In today’s crowded Android marketplace, it’s more important than ever to differentiate your apps. Great design is the best way to do that. Now, leading Android app design expert Ian G. Clifton shows you how to make your apps come alive and how to deliver apps that users will want, love, and buy!
Reflecting the Android 4.2 SDK, this book serves both as a tutorial for the entire design and implementation process and as a handy reference you’ll rely on for every Android development project.
Clifton shows how to create effective designs, organize them into Android components, and move gracefully from idea, to wireframe, to comp, to finished app. You’ll learn how to bring your own voice, personality, and style to your app designs; how to leverage advanced drawing techniques such as PorterDuff compositing; how to test designs on diverse Android devices; and much more.
Android User Interface Design details each step of the design and development process and contains extensive downloadable sample code, including complete finished apps.

  • Learn how Android has evolved to support outstanding app design
  • Integrate app design with development, from idea through deployment
  • Understand views, the building blocks of Android user interfaces
  • Make the most of wireframes and prototypes
  • Build efficient layouts and integrate smooth animations
  • Make apps more useful by automatically updating ListViews
  • Combine views into custom components
  • Use image compositing and other advanced techniques
  • Work with the canvas and advanced drawing
  • Leverage Google Play and Amazon Appstore assets

One step at a time, this guide helps you bridge the gap between Android developers and designers so you can work with colleagues to create world-class app designs...or do it yourself!

Entering the giveaway is simple: just leave a blog post comment (but make sure to complete the entry in the Rafflecopter widget, otherwise your vote won't count!). Users in the US, Canada, or the UK are eligible to win either a print copy or eBook; all other areas are eBook only. Ready? Go!

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The giveaway begins now and will run until Wednesday, June 5th at 12:00AM PT (Midnight). Good luck!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Bunkai

    Enter Face!

  • http://filmitnow.moonfruit.com/ Brandon Wood

    I want to learn more about Android development and maybe build my own app. This would help me out A LOT! :)

  • Kanarico

    I was going to get into Android development so this is perfect!

  • RevLee

    User interface design is often the hardest part of an application.

    • Mike Reid

      +1 & Does nobody vote here ?

      Rafflecopter didn't let me enter any text.

      My app's UI is reported to "kinda suck", though much better than 2 years ago.

      My poor users have suffered this in part due to virtually no alternative apps in this area. Also because the more technical low level part is reverse engineered and thus very hard, and this, and tech support have taken all my time.

      It doesn't help that I have almost no experience with the niceties of UI.

      I hope to improve the UI this year.

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    • Krzysztof Zych

      It is the hardest part very often :)

  • Ionut Lala

    This book would help me create user friendly apps because I didn't enrol in the Computer Human Interaction course at my university.

  • http://www.facebook.com/duckofdeath Hans Pedersen

    Maybe I should take up those old programming skills... Do they have Edlin for Android?

  • Robert Iagar

    Android UI Design has always been a challenge for me and I've always struggled with it. This might help me bridge the gap between good coding and good design.

  • darkmuck

    UI/UX is certainly the most difficult part of development on mobile devices

  • Sergey Otro

    I'm doing Android Coding everyday, at work and at home, on my own projects. So, I think I'll find the use of this book. :)

  • Sqlpro

    UI makes/breaks a great functionality of an app, you want to teach me that i wont say no!

  • bertraze

    I'm familiar with desktop UI design in my work as a programmer, but I'd like to get into Android development and would love tips for mobile UI design.

  • gmplr831

    I need something that will give me the knowledge to create an app. I have a few good ideas, but not the know how. This book should provide that!

  • Joshua Robusto

    I've been wanting to learn more about interface design, it would be helpful to have an android specific resource.

  • David Wiebe

    I would like to use it to help fine-tune my app.

  • Julio García Muñoz

    Some tips on how to build efficient layouts always come in handy.

  • Irwin McNeely

    I will use the book to break into app creating. Ideas are great, knowing how to implement them efficiently is priceless!

  • Ali Salman

    Tips and tricks to make an app look modern :)

  • http://twitter.com/tekchic Shari Morehead

    This looks like a fantastic book. I just finished the "Big Nerd Ranch Guide to Android Programming" and this falls nicely in line as the next book to read!

  • Tyler Bibeault

    Have an idea right now so this may help!

  • Corneliu Dascalu

    I've been following lately the Android UI design blogs, in addition to just development. I'd put this book to good use...

  • Enrique Diaz

    I would love to get this book,i am really starting to get how to get into making apps

  • patapongirl

    This book will be quite helpful to polish up my apps.

  • Paras Mhatre

    might help my app to look better....

  • David Moore

    This book will be helpful to refine my apps.

  • http://twitter.com/AlicePhan11 Alice Phan

    Hope I can derive great benefit from this book to enhance my job as a freelance designer.

  • Omar Salah

    This book will satisfy my learning needs .

  • Albin Hermansson

    I guess this book will help me polish and better my apps!

  • iboalali

    follow the guidelines of the book

  • MJ

    My weakest area in programming is interface design and it looks like this book would be a great help.

  • i.Oan

    I want it! With this book I can increase my number of apps!

  • ozzysong

    As an android dev and design lover myself I would enjoy this book so much.

  • Eric Beyer

    I tend to suck at UI design so I'm looking forward to something like this to help me improve.

  • Christopher Saylor

    I think this is far more complicated than actually programming the app.

  • DieDeutscheDickköpfigkeit

    I'm very interested in design and im defenetly lookin forward to win this!

  • RenatoFontesTapia

    Happy comment and stuff :3

  • Marcell Lévai

    Although programming is not a new thing to me, the UI department has never been too close to me... I hope this book will help with that! :)

  • Russell Waterson

    I haven't ventured into making an app yet, but when I do I'd love for the user interface to look beautiful which I'm sure this book can help with

  • jdgoldie

    I definitely need to integrate the new features that allow adaptive UI/UX for different screen sizes/layouts.

  • JadK3

    Please give? :D

  • Vladimir Svydenko

    as I am Android developer - it would be nice to have this book in my collection..

  • Sarvesh Darak

    I'm totally newbie in app creating, so by this book i would be able to take baby steps towards app creation..:)

  • David Margolin

    Will use the book to make sure my apps are more holo cause #holoyolo

  • Alexander Fuchs

    I want to update all my apps and am not sure of the best practices

  • http://www.radioshak.co.uk Shakil Shaikh

    These books are even more essential in the Android world!

  • Hunter Knepshield

    UI is the part of development I really need to learn!

  • Varun Priolkar

    don't have a phone but should be an intresting read

  • Mihir Chheda

    This will definitely be very useful!

  • undertaken316

    It'll be nice to win it since I'm starting an Android project with my friend this summer

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    I'm familiar with app design but I'm not a UI designer. I know what makes things good but it's creating and implementing my ideas that gives me the problem. I'd use this book to get my ideas off the ground and make a new app

  • Kaustubh Ghanekar

    of course, new app! will decide after getting book though.

  • Sean Fitz

    I've been an Android developer for about three months professionally, and I have so much to learn still. I'd love something like this to get my chops up to speed.

  • Mark King

    I hope to learn the language and start coding for android before the year is over.

  • Özgür Özkan

    This book will help me to design my apps

  • David Chan

    By knowing what to do first.

  • raedchen

    I am starting to learn developing for android and this will help a bunch!

  • Ádám Vincze

    Love Android, Love UX, Yum Yum!

  • Ferdy Rodriguez

    As an Android Developer, this book will help design better my apps!

  • icyrock1

    I'd use it to help guide me through the process of designing a fluent, beautiful app and using the tips inside to use the assets of the play store to its full potential.

  • Carlos Mendizabal

    I want it to make beautiful appealing apps.

  • Timothy Catibog

    I promised myself I would start Android development this year and hopefully this could help me get through the UI design portion of it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • http://www.zazzle.com/tommynoshitsky* TommyNoshitsky


  • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.pavel Benjamin Pavel

    This book could help get my Apps getting more appealing. >.<

  • Jonathan Perry

    I find the user interface to be the most difficult part of programming, as a result I have not released any apps because I can't get them to look how I want, with this book I may be able to finally get one app released.

  • Joseph

    This book is great!

  • Herman

    That sounds interesting!

  • fidasek

    Mm, could be very useful.

  • http://7babe.blogspot.com Danial

    I like to know more about it..

  • http://www.facebook.com/izena.rezonli Izena Rezonli

    Entering for the ebook :)

  • Joseph Remy

    I'm hoping it'll help me enter this decade, since the last UI I designed was in the last!

  • Toddharr

    I would use the book to avoid interface design problems such as the rafflecopter! I have wondered in past "post to enter" contests if my entry was voided for not following the post content instructions that I did not see until after posting when I clicked in the widget!

  • Dwight

    I'm hoping it helps me create more vibrant, animated apps.

  • Kostas

    I will use them to create the app I want for my thesis :)

  • Corey Buttel

    I want to see what it has to offer and what new insights the author provides. I've read the official design guidelines, watched the Android design video podcasts, and have some experience of my own... but there's still so much to learn :)

  • Stefano Picciolo

    Android UI better and better!

  • Akath19

    I'm having a hard time designing a widget I'm making, hopefully the book will help me understand what I need in order to have a great design

  • Antonio Chillarón

    I need to smooth my UI design skills or hire a UI designer...

  • http://twitter.com/Eickhel Eickhel Mendoza

    Or just to improve my theming skills ;)

  • ori

    gr8 book

  • Mohammed

    I will gain so much knowldeg from this book because I'm not that good on the design part

  • http://www.facebook.com/jnason Jarrod Nason

    hone my skill, i will

  • Kieran Cox

    UI design is one of the most underrated parts of an application from a development point of view. Why have a fabulously functional app with a UI you can't use?

  • Leo Kanellopoulos

    this would be great for improving my designing skills :D

  • Luc Hall

    Ive been getting into android development and I could definitely use some help in the design area.

  • Thomas Pinna

    I'd make an rssreader that instead of showing snippets, tries to show more information, like the entire article, making it a competitive newsreader.
    I would also make a graphical app that allows you to easily develop on your tablet, but compiling and building it on a remote server. So that when you have an important job, and you go on vacation, you just need your tablet to perform a quick fix or somethin like that.

  • Chris

    I've started my own app company a couple years ago (mostly as a way to try and build up a portfolio of work, and perhaps pay off my student loans if successful enough), and later this week a friend of mine will be joining me in this endeavour so this book would come in really handy as we'll be ramping up production over the coming months.

  • Chris T

    Nice, would love to learn as much as I can.

  • Matthew Fry

    I want to make the slickest app ever made and I CANNOT without this book.

  • pula

    I am in desperate need to update my app to a beautiful UI/UX

  • krishmasand


  • http://www.brubro.com Bruce Brown

    Pretty but functional instead of plain and functional

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

    I have never coped with design, only pure programming part, so this would be really useful

  • m1st0

    I will be able to combine best practices with beauty. I like what I create to look incredible while still meeting best practices.

  • Mark Llego

    I’m lucky enough to have a software background and some time to learn. I target the niches I already address with my blogs. This makes the whole marketing process easy: I already have readers, newsletter subscribers, twitter followers.

    Regarding the funding, I use a classical strategy. A full version, and a lite version with reduced functionality. Not sure about ads in apps, though.

    The reason for starting in this business is simple: diversification. It’s one more source of income.

  • Ojas mehta

    i will try my best to make use of the book by making an app.

  • http://twitter.com/jusuchin85 Justin Alex

    I was thinking to create a couple of new apps for Android, and since Holo + good design is all the fame now, this book would allow me to improve on this, as well as learning new techniques and ideas that would make a good app great!

  • dash_ok

    make a smooth design

  • rabadi

    eBook format only? No problem! Go green and way much easier to save space! :-D

  • Jeffrey Smith

    I'm planning to start beta testing of my first app any day now, but it has minimal UI. Hopefully my next app will be more substantial. I am a programmer but recognize the importance of UI design. I've been watching Android Design in Action and have read a couple of general UI design books, but an Android UI design book would be great to read.

  • Oguz

    Seems like a great book.

  • Chong Jen Tan

    Have ideas for an app, just didn't know where to start. Hoping for the book to be a good starting point for my first app.

  • Mark Biegel

    I would be using this book to gain better knowledge on what the standards are. Take twitter for example, they updated their app with a more holo approach because it was the 'standard'. I think bringing standards to Android and sticking to them will help me create better and more usable apps.

  • http://geffchang.wordpress.com/ Geff Chang

    I wan to create new apps, while considering the design suggestions in the book.

  • Irvin B.

    Cool prize! Would be a very good read!

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    I want one :)!

  • blahmoomoo

    I will be working on an Android app for the first time soon, so this book should be a good help!

  • Quek Ting Hong

    This is the book I am looking for. I have been struggling in designing a good looking and user friendly app. I believe this book can guide me through.

  • jramirezw

    Jut tried my hand at a 'Droid app, but I'd like to get my paws on this to redesign it.

  • BigDropz

    This book would help a lot. I have have some never heard or seen before ideas for apps.

  • Ben Smith

    Gotta love holo

  • Rudy

    Man, UI is the first thing we see when open the app. If the UI is ugly, even how great the app is, user will stay away from it. I hope by this book, I can build better and more attractive UI.

  • Endro Kustono

    I will create a new app, with my new knowledge and tips tricks inside from this book.

  • delesh

    UI is becoming the most important aspect of all apps/sites.

  • YoHoJo


  • Paras Sidhu

    I am weak in designing from birth. I want to win this book only to improve my UI designing.

  • dalex7777

    Would really appreciate winning this. Amazed by the advances in Android UI over the last two years.

  • Mason

    I've been creating Android apps solely for experimentation for awhile now, but I've always wanted to create and release a genuinely useful app to the public that would (hopefully) become popular. Maybe, with this book, I can find the inspiration and skills I need to do just that.

  • Vishal Kr

    good read.. :)

  • Danny Cotton

    This book would help me "put it all together" after going through some of the Android developer tutorials.

  • Kcls

    I'd use this book to hone my ui skills while I learn to code/program for android! A lot of apps out there are lacking in this area, especially on android.

  • Jaime Larios

    I want it please. I'm designing some apps right now and this would bea good help.

  • Andrew Chelladurai

    Sounds like the good book to guide and help me code the UI and UX of my applications.

  • Steven Bell

    I'm looking to become an Android dev. Where else to start?

  • Sandeep Saini

    I've always been wondering how a perfect Android app should look like and what the UK must be.. This book cab certainly help me have better understanding of this and much more..

  • clifdweller

    hardest part in android ui i ifnd is making it look pretty in widscreeen and fullscreen ratios

  • avataranjie

    i will make my app fking shmexy

  • Alexandru Socol

    I'm thinking to build my first app so I need any material I can get.

  • Eyal Rofe

    From Israel. Jewish. Must know everything.

  • rommi0

    Since I'm learning programming at the moment and I'm planning on developing for Android, this would be an awesome thing to have...

  • Dario

    I think the UX and UI Design get more and more important to atract the User.

  • http://twitter.com/romain_aymard Romain Aymard

    First they look, second, they use.

  • will baker

    It would be fun to have, looking to learn.

  • http://twitter.com/WoShiJiawei Adrian アドリアンタン郭華

    I my in the midst of designing the ui for one of my app ideas and this would make it a hit!

  • Peter Nyilas

    I need to refresh my app's UI, now, it's a good tool

  • Utkarsh

    UI attracts more attention than the actual working.
    The sexier, the better!

  • Juraj Janecek

    pleease I need it ;)

  • swajdaan

    looking forward

  • Ivo

    I am a business informatics Student and have been teaching myself to develop android applications but until now I did not really get the hang out of UI designs. This ebook could possibly change that.

  • Matt S

    As a CS student, I'm always looking to improve. Android interface design is something I know little about directly (only noticing trends in current apps). This book would be great to have :)

  • Lee Mercer

    Simplistic UI's I find are the best for user experience and the design interface. That's what I would achieve

  • John O’Connor

    There's always room for new development on Android. Time to put some of the information garnered at I/O to use. #fullspeedahead

  • Jachym Kokesh Lukes

    My apps would definitely need better UI :)

  • Leon

    The UI is what people see of your app (No matter how good the function is) if the UI sucks the app sucks

  • Jagannath Patil

    I will use the skills from this book to befriend the users of my apps. :)

  • Alasdair Collinson

    Interface design has always been a challenge to me, so this would be very useful to finally design my app properly, thus letting me publish it.

  • M.

    UI is my weakest skill

  • Ujjobbágy Attila

    hope I win :)

  • Eric Thor

    I've just start android programming and taht book will be a valuable addition to mines

  • slovenec88

    This will be a nice read at the toilets! :)

  • AndroidLove

    I'm currently designing an app that would serve as the university portal. Starting out at a small scale, would definitely like this book!

  • Lynxy

    Hopefully it would help me to design the UI in the ballpark of Google Keep, Cliffhanger and similar gems.