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Ultimate Android Power Tips: Make Your Mobile Work for You

May 29, 2013

At the end of 2012, there were 6.8 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, including both smart and not-so-smart phones, according to the ITU; close to 70% of smartphones now run Android. But how much do you know about your Android phone or tablet?

Get under the hood and customize and automate your Android device in unique and interesting ways, from creating your own talking clock to sounding an alert when approaching geographic coordinates, with Mike Riley's latest book, Ultimate Android Power Tips: Make Your Mobile Work for You. Now available in beta from

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Ultimate Android Power Tips: Make Your Mobile Work for You

You’ll be far more productive with the fully customized mobile experience that you’ll create using this book.

You’ll start by learning how to change the look and feel of your home screen and leverage Android applications that enhance everything from visual multitasking to creating custom information home screens. You’ll personalize the way you work with applications, and learn a new and interactive way to use an Android headset.

Next, you’ll create your own custom mobile workflows using task-driven event software. You’ll create triggers for actions that offer alerts, then go further by crafting sophisticated scripts in Python and Ruby. You’ll take the leap into full-blown Android application development by learning how to code, compile, and execute truly native Android programs entirely on your phone or tablet.

You’ll practice your new customization skills in a step-by-step walkthrough for building a Pomodoro widget. Then you’ll combine the power of task-driven workflows with Python scripts to have your Android device speak new email messages, post to Twitter just using your voice, and track your Android’s location via instant messaging. And you’ll create programs using graphic interfaces that you can create and execute on your device—no PC required.

Now in beta and available from

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Upcoming Author Appearances

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    Norwegian Developer Conference, Oslo, Norway
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    QCon New York
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    Ruby Nation – Washington, DC
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