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Wi>Android Apps with App Inventor provides hands-on walkthroughs that cover every area of App Inventor development, including the Google and MIT versions of App Inventor.


Kloss begins with the absolute basics of program structure, syntax, flow, and function, and then demonstrates simple ways to solve today’s most common mobile development problems. Along the way, you’ll build a dozen real Android apps, from games and geotrackers to navigation systems and news tickers. By the time you’re done, you’ll be comfortable implementing advanced apps and mashups integrating realtime multimedia data from all kinds of Web services with the communication and sensor-based features of your smartphone.


Topics covered include

  • Installing and configuring App Inventor

  • Building modern, attractive mobile user interfaces

  • Controlling Android media hardware, including the camera

  • Saving data locally with TinyDB, or in the cloud with TinyWebDB

  • Streamlining and automating phone, text, and email communications

  • Tracking orientation, acceleration, and geoposition

  • Integrating text-to-speech and speech-to-text in your apps

  • Controlling other apps and Web services with ActivityStarter

  • Building mobile mashups by exchanging data with Web APIs

  • Testing your apps for diverse hardware with the Android Emulator

  • Example apps, including multimedia center, online vocabulary trainer, finger painting, squash game, compass, geocacher, navigator, stock market ticker, and many more

This book will empower you to explore, experiment, build your skills and confidence, and start writing professional-quality Android apps—for yourself, and for everyone else!


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2 Responses to “Android Apps with App Inventor: The Fast and Easy Way to Build Android Apps”
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  1. This is probably the most current and finest book on the exciting subject of App Inventor. It is lucid, concise, very well organized and comprehensive in its scope.As you may know, App Inventor is still in its Beta testing stage, so the whole environment is changing rapidly. As such, it is always prudent to check various web sites and discussion groups to get the latest and greatest information about bug fixes, new features and the like.This book does an outstanding…

  2. Charles B. Wilber says :

    “Android Apps with App Inventor” is a keeper Recently I was offered the opportunity to review a copy of the new book entitled “Android Apps with App Inventor” by Jorg H. Kloss. The book describes itself as providing “a fast and easy way to develop Android apps” and I believe it achieves that objective.The offer came at an amazingly serendipitous time as I was just embarking on an Android app development project for one of my clients. Having been taken by surprise (like many other developers) by the sudden ending of support for…

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