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The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development Version 4.4 Released

Subscribers now have access to the latest release of The Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development, known as Version 4.4, in all formats. Just log into your Warescription page and download away, or set up an account and subscribe!

This release:

  • Moves all the device and accessory material (Google TV, Kindle, NOOK, etc.) into a separate section at the end of the book. Just as the Widget Catalog chapters will enumerate various widgets not covered significantly elsewhere in the book, the Device/Accessory Catalog has all of the device-specific chapters.

  • Adds a new chapter on focus management and accessibility

  • Expands the SQLCipher for Android and anti-patterns chapters

  • Adds a SeekBar chapter to the Widget Catalog

  • Updates the tutorials to work on the R21 edition of the Android Developer Tools

  • Adds some miscellaneous Android 4.2-specific material, including notes about multiple user accounts, new default ContentProvider export behavior, and the revised status/system bar plan for tablets

  • Adds a sample of using nested fragments, in the form of having a ViewPager be hosted in a fragment and use fragments for pages

  • A number of errata fixes or other minor improvements (e.g., better configuration change support for the ThreePaneDemo)

All told, this adds not quite another 50 pages of material.

Version 4.5 will be released in early January 2013. Planned enhancements include: lockscreen widgets, FragmentTabHost, ShareActionProvider, and more.

Note that the price for a Warescription will increase from $40 to $45 on January 1, 2013. This is the first price increase in three years. Since renewing your Warescription simply adds time onto any existing Warescription, if you know you are planning on renewing, and would like to save $5, do so before the end of the year. After this, the next price increase is not planned until 2016.


Do you need a book on Android app development, but are having trouble finding one that is new enough? Try The Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development!