Sunday, April 25, 2010

Book Review: Professional Android 2 Application Development

Professional Android 2 Application Development (Wrox Programmer to Programmer)

Written by an Android authority, this up-to-date resource shows you how to leverage the features of Android 2 to enhance existing products or create innovative new ones.

Serving as a hands-on guide to building mobile apps using Android, the book walks you through a series of sample projects that introduces you to Android's new features and techniques.

It is perhaps one of the most in-depth Android books available, and is also very regularly updated, currently covering Android SDK 2.1 r1.

The Book's author, Reto Meier is a software developer who has been involved in Android since the initial release in 2007. He is an Android Developer Advocate at Google.


  1. I just recently bought this book. Skimming through it I felt it was thorough enough. I'm gearing up to work through the book. Did you find that it lacks in any particular area?

  2. Hi Carlos,
    It's hard to say, I always try to read multiple books to get different developers viewpoints on each topic.

    There's really no one book that covers everything brilliantly, especially a technology as new as Android. I found quite a few of the early books were a bit ordinary and probably more interested in getting in first and getting sales, rather than being a great book. And then of course Android itself has changed quite a bit too.

    Best wishes for your journey, we're all on it together :)


  3. I started with this book, and I don't recommend it for beginners. It is very thorough and is designed for intermediate to advanced android developers. I thought I could dive in to it, having a Java background, but I had to read Android Application Development for dummies first. Now that I have that under my belt, this book has been very helpful. Otherwise, it's a bit intimidating to start with.