The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development Version 4.1 Released

(yeah, I know, it’s a bit before the first of the month, but I didn’t think you’d mind…)

Subscribers now have access to the latest release of The Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development, known as Version 4.1, in all formats. Just log into your Warescription page and download away, or set up an account and subscribe!

This update includes:

  • New chapters on Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) and GridLayout

  • A small chapter on the basics of widget-based UI frameworks, for those reading the book without much experience in that style of UI

  • A new chapter in the Widget Catalog for ExpandableListView

  • Coverage of the two-up ViewPager example that I mentioned in a recent blog post

  • Minor updates to coverage on the Kindle Fire (SDK add-on now available with Fire-specific emulator images) and notifications (switched from NotificationCompat2 to the new Android Support package)

  • Lots and lots of errata fixes

Those using the APK version of the book have two small improvements to the EmPub reader app:

  1. You can zoom in a bit more, which might be useful on some devices. Note that this is via the app preferences, not via pinch-to-zoom, lest I get sued by a fruit-flavored firm for patent infringement (next issue: is my face a rounded rectangle?).

  2. You have an option in the preferences to have the BACK button return you to the previous chapter you had visited this session (ignoring the cover and Table of Contents). By default, the BACK button exits the app.

If you encounter any problems with this update or your Warescription in general, please contact, and be sure to provide your Warescription user ID.

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