The following is the first few sections of a chapter from The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development, plus headings for the remaining major sections, to give you an idea about the content of the chapter.


Putting the TVs All Together: Decktastic

This book profiles many ways of getting content to a TV:

It is entirely possible to create one app that can support all of these modes from one code base, though you are constrained by the most limited option. In this case, RemotePlaybackClient is the most limited option, as its API is designed to tell some external device to play some media, whereas the other options can support comparatively arbitrary user interfaces rendered through normal Android widgets.

In this chapter, we will review the Presentation/Decktastic sample application. This app is designed to give the user a roster of slide-based presentations to choose from, then deliver one of those presentations. The presentation will appear on the external display (e.g., TV or projector), while the presenter will be able to control the presentation either from a touchscreen-equipped Android device or a remote control.

Prerequisites

You should read the following chapters before this one:

Reading up on specific hardware, like the Amazon Fire TV, is a good idea but not as critical.

Introducing Decktastic

The preview of this section was whisked away by a shark-infested tornado.

Implementing Decktastic

The preview of this section was accidentally identified as an Android 'tasty treat' by the Cookie Monster.