Android combines the ubiquity of cell phones, the excitement of open source software, and the corporate backing of Google and other Open Handset Alliance members. The result is a mobile platform you can’t afford not to learn. This second edition is completely updated for Android 1.5 (Cupcake) and Android 1.6 (Donut).

Out of Print

This book is currently out of print.

About this Book

  • 272 pages
  • Published:
  • Release: P2.0 (2010-01-04)
  • ISBN: 978-1-93435-649-4

This book has been replaced by the Third Edition

About the Author

Ed Burnette is a software industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience as a programmer, author, and speaker. His development credits include everything from commercial video games to high-performance grid computing systems. Ed is a founding member and senior researcher at the SAS Advanced Computing Lab.

Ed has authored numerous technical articles and books, including Google Web Toolkit: Taking the Pain out of Ajax and Eclipse IDE Pocket Guide. He writes the Dev Connection blog for ZDNet, and is the creator of Planet Android (

In his copious spare time, you can often find him playing video games with his two sons at their home in central North Carolina.

Comments and Reviews

  • I’ve read several books on Android from cover to cover, and skimmed several others, and ‘Hello, Android’ is hands-down the best introduction to Android development.

    —Steve Oliver
  • I remember when I first started to work with Android; it was like a huge maze. With this book, the introduction would have been much less painful. I am convinced that by reading this book new Android programmers will have an easier start.

    —Gabor Paller Senior Software Architect OnRelay, Ltd.
  • Ed Burnette covers an impressive amount of ground in a nicely compact book while retaining the popular Pragmatic style. For the material on 2D and 3D graphics alone, this is worthy of a spot in any Android developer’s library.

    —Mark Murphy Founder CommonsWare
  • This is a most excellent book: very well written, easy to read, and fun. In addition, any of Android’s quirks are explained along with just the right amount of detail to ensure quality programming principles are followed.

    —Anthony Stevens Founder and CTO PocketJourney