Building Android Apps in easy steps


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Building Android Apps in easy steps


By Mike McGrath
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Publication: May 28, 2012
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1-84078-528-9

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New edition covering App Inventor 2 now available


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About the book

Have you ever wondered how to create an app for Smartphones? Here’s your chance to find out!

Android has become the dominant operating system for smartphones and a host of connected devices. Building Android Apps in easy steps will help you develop your own brilliant Android App using the popular Android App Inventor. Your App idea can now become a reality!

Assuming no prior knowledge of any programming language, Building Android Apps in easy steps is ideal for newcomers wanting to easily create apps for the Android phone, as well as programmers and web developers looking to quickly expand their skillset.

Starting from setting up your computer to develop and test your Android apps, Building Android Apps in easy steps shows how to create graphical interfaces; define application properties; add interactivity; integrate with the web; build and deploy complete Android apps and more – all using simple drag-and-drop blocks – and demonstrated here by examples. Each chapter builds your knowledge so by the end of the book you’ll have gained a sound understanding of application development for the Android platform.

Use Building Android Apps in easy steps to create your own Android apps without doing any coding!

Covers the first version of App Inventor hosted by the MIT Center for Mobile Learning.


About the author

Mike McGrath now lives in South-east Europe, on the sun-kissed shores of the Aegean Sea. Mike gained his extensive knowledge of computer languages while working as a developer contracting to companies around the world. His interests include coins of ancient Greece, dining-out with friends, and the ongoing evolution of the world wide web.



  1. Getting started
  2. Designing interfaces
  3. Controlling progress
  4. Calling functions
  5. Managing text
  6. Handling lists
  7. Embracing media
  8. Sensing conditions
  9. Deploying apps
  10. Handy reference



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Learn Android App-building basics for free!

Click on the links below for free PDFs to get you started while you wait for your book to arrive:

What is Android?

How to install Java

How to install App Inventor

How to build an Android app

How to add behavior to an Android app

How to add components to your Android app

How to prepare devices for testing Android apps

How to run an Android App

How to manage projects in App Inventor



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