The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development Version 8.11 Released

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Principally, this update adds ~30 pages on Android P, based on Developer Preview 1. This is a lot less than I was hoping for, because many things in Android P do not work (e.g., HTTPS requirement, WebView tracing, directory access settings, FOREGROUND_SERVICE permission) or are still very nascent (e.g., slices). Future book updates will cover more of this, as these features stabilize.

Beyond Android P, this update:

  • Updates the chapter on Android Things for the DP7 release

  • Updates the chapter on ACRA to cover version 5.1.1

  • Updates many samples to use the Support Library edition of fragments, in lieu of the native fragment implementation

  • Updates the chapter on the fused location api to cover the newer API for getting location updates

  • Updates the Maps V2 samples to their newer API

  • Replaced all references to “Android Wear” with “Wear OS”, to reflect the branding change

  • Removes three elaborate examples, with an eye towards moving them to Android’s Architecture Components (after a substantial rewrite):

    • the dynamic tab sample from the chapter on advanced RecyclerView techniques

    • the TinyTextEditor sample from the chapter on consuming documents

    • the document mode sample from the chapter on tasks

  • Removes the chapter on the percent library, which has been deprecated and supplanted by ConstraintLayout

  • Removes the chapter on implementing a nav drawer, pending some future rewrite

  • Fixes a variety of errata

If you’re wondering about the naming convention, this book will hit 9.0 sometime later this year, once Exploring Android covers enough of Android. At that time, I will retire the EmPubLite series of tutorials and start the 9.x numbering series.

The next update to this book depends a lot on what Google does. If I had to guess, I will not update this book until shortly after Google I|O 2018. However, if Google ships a substantial Developer Preview 2 in April, I may push out an update to this book sooner.

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