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Hello, Android (4th edition) now in beta

January 21, 2015

Did you know that the Nautilus, the very first nuclear-powered submarine, was launched on this day way back in 1954? That's over sixty years worth of nuclear subs.

Google's Android is much newer than that, but possibly a lot more popular: Android powers the majority of cell phones and tablets in the world. Android is a platform you can't afford not to learn, and Hello, Android (4th edition) gets you started, now in beta at

If you need to catch up on what's new in Android 5, or are starting from scratch, this book will help you get up to speed quickly.

And a special surprise: if you bought the 3rd edition of Hello, Android directly from, you'll find a coupon in your account for 35% off.

Hello, Android (4th edition): Introducing Google’s Mobile Development Platform

Android is a software toolkit for mobile phones and tablets, created by Google. It's inside more than a billion devices, making Android the number one platform for application developers. Your own app could be running on all those devices!

Getting started developing with Android is easy. You don't even need access to an Android phone, just a computer where you can install the Android SDK and the emulator that comes with it. Within minutes, Hello, Android
gets you creating your first working application: Android's version of "Hello, World." From there, you'll build up a more substantial example: an Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe game. By gradually adding features to the game, you'll learn about many aspects of Android programming, such as creating animated user interfaces, playing music and sound effects, building location-based services (including GPS and cell-tower triangulation), and accessing web services. You'll also learn how to publish your applications to the Google Play Store.

This fourth edition of the bestselling Android classic has been revised for Android 4.1-4.3 (Jelly Bean), 4.4 (KitKat), and Android 5.0 (Lollipop). Topics have been streamlined and simplified based on reader feedback, and every page and example has been reviewed and updated for compatibility with the latest versions of Android.

If you'd rather be coding than reading about coding, this book is for you.

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Upcoming Author Appearances

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    Geographically Distributed Agile Teams Webinar
  • 2015-01-27 James Grenning,
    OOP Conference, Munich, Germany
  • 2015-01-28 James Grenning,
    OOP Conference, Munich Germany
  • 2015-01-29 Andrew Hunt,
    Leadership In Technology Series, NC State University, Raleigh NC
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