Bitesize Android KitKat
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Bitesize Android KitKat

a review of Android KitKat for developers, in 6 bite-sized chunks

About the Book

Android 4.4, better known as KitKat, was released back in November of 2013, and it introduced some cool new features and APIs.

Bitesize Android KitKat takes a look at some of the most interesting of these from a developer perspective. Each chapter takes a look at a different feature, with code and a sample app to aid demonstration. The chapters are detailed enough to allow a reader to get up to speed on complex APIs, but are sufficiently short that they can be digested on a daily schedule.

The book covers the major features such as the new transisions framework, as well as digging out some hidden gems such as the improvements to the Visualizer class.

About the Author

Sam Davies
Sam Davies

Sam is the Technical Evangelist for ShinobiControls, and spends his life creating code for both iOS and Android, blogging about it and meeting people. Prior to working in mobile software development, Sam worked as a computer vision researcher completing his doctorate in 2005 before continuing his research for the UK Government. Deciding that his passion lay elsewhere, Sam has been developing software for mobile devices ever since. Getting out and talking to people about data visualisation, mobile software the wider ecosystem is Sam’s forte - be sure to say hi when you see him at events and meet ups around the world. You can follow him on twitter @iwantmyrealname.

ShinobiControls offer the best native controls for data-visualization and boosting developer efficiency available on both iOS and Android. With complete customer satisfaction and end user experience at the heart of everything they do, ShinobiControls constantly strive to deliver the highest preforming data components at a price to suit all pockets. Take app building to a new level and save yourself time and money with our range of easy to implement Charts, Grids and UI Controls. See for yourself with a free 30 day free trial!

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    • Audience
    • Book layout
    • Source code
    • Thanks
  • Full Screen Apps
    • Introduction
    • The different full-screen experiences
    • Conclusion
  • Using the new Android Printing Framework
    • Printing Images
    • Custom Print Adapter
    • Using the custom print adapter
    • Conclusion
  • Creating a text editor for the cloud
    • Opening a file
    • Saving a file
    • Conclusion
  • Creating a replacement default SMS app
    • Introduction
    • Reading SMS messages
    • Becoming the default SMS app
    • Setting the default SMS messaging app
    • Conclusion
  • Measuring the sound output level with Visualizer
    • The Visualizer class
    • Building the SamplingSoundMeter
    • Conclusion
  • Easy animation with the Transitions framework
    • Introduction
    • Scenes and the TransitionManager
    • Custom transitions with TransitionSets
    • Using XML resources for transitions
    • Conclusion
  • Afterword
    • Useful Links

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