Top 6 Android App Development Books for Beginners

Android is a mobile operating system managed by Google. It is based on a modified version of the Linux kernel and other open-source software. Android is designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Android is sharing almost 72% Market of Smart Phone Users in the world, as per StatCounter report for October 2021. And in India almost 96% users are using Android. So that future of Android Application Development is bright and there are lots off scope for career inhancement.

Mostly Programming for Native Android Application are either Java or Kotlin. Development of Android Application contains various sections like Designing Layout and Screen, API Integration, Various Permission Handling etc. Here are some books those can help you to start the journey of Android Learning.

We have founded Best Books for Android for Beginners:

1. Head First Android Development

  • Author : David Griffith
  • Publisher ‏: Shroff/O’Reilly; Second edition (1 January 2017)
  • Language ‏: English
  • Paperback‏ : ‎932 pages

You’ll learn how to structure your app, design interfaces, create a database, make your app work on various smartphones, etc. This book explains things with the help of diagrams and flowcharts. This book is perfect for those who are visual learners and build a strong foundation for new Android developers.

You’ll learn :

Concepts like activity, layout, intents, SQLite database, etc.
Hands-on learning about how to structure your app, design flexibility, and interactive interfaces.
Understanding of running services in the background.
Make your app to work on multiple android devices etc

2. Android App Development for Dummies

  • Author : Michael Burton
  • Publisher : ‎Wiley; Third edition (1 January 2015)
  • Language‏ : ‎English
  • Paperback ‏: ‎440 pages

In this book, you will find the latest programming techniques that take advantage of the new features of the Android operating system. The best thing about this book is it doesn’t require any prerequisite knowledge of Android Application development from your side. This book consists of all the Android programming basics, techniques required to develop better Android applications. This book also covers the latest programming techniques and features like scrollable widgets, enhanced UI tools, and much more. The series of dummies mainly focus on learning things from scratch to an advanced level.

You’ll learn :

Set up your IDE to create a functioning android app.
Familiarity with tools, frameworks, and SDK component.
Building an android application and publish it to the Google Play Store, etc.

3. Android Programming for Beginners

  • Author : John Horton
  • Publisher : ‎Packt Publishing Limited (31 December 2015)
  • Language ‏: ‎English
  • Paperback ‏: ‎698 pages

The book will introduce you to all the fundamental concepts of programming in an Android context, from the basics of Java to work with the Android API. This is another book that covers basic topics like building applications from scratch. This book will introduce you to all the fundamentals concepts of Android programming. This book consists of three real-world apps and 40 mini-apps to learn android. It actually provides the project-based approach and designed to teach you the concept of android by thoroughly describing the process of app development.

You’ll learn:

Install and set up your Android development environment.
Create an interactive user interface with XML.
Add UI, data capture, sound, and animation to your apps.
Build, deploy, and publish them to the Google Play Store.
By the time, you finish this book, you’ll have sound knowledge about android app development and start building your fully-featured Android app.

4. Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide

  • Author : Bill Phillips
  • Publisher ‏: ‎Big Nerd Ranch Guides; 4th edition (10 December 2019)
  • Language ‏: ‎English
  • Paperback ‏: ‎624 pages

If you are fundamentally good in Kotlin then you should go for this book. This book covers all the best practices using Data Binding and MVVM architecture to unit test an application. The book starts with the fundamentals of Android projects, activities, fragments, layouts, and explicit intents.

You’ll learn :

How to write programs for Android.
Covers all the key concepts and APIs.
Practical techniques for developing apps compatible with all versions of Android.
Knowledge and experience you need to start in Android programming.

5. Android Studio 3.0 Development Essentials

  • Author : Neil Smyth
  • Publisher ‏: Amazon Digital Services; 1st edition (25 September 2017)
  • Language : ‎English
  • Paperback ‏: ‎726 pages

One of the books which covers basic as well as advanced features. It also covers things like map implementation and submitting apps to the Google Play Store. You’ll begin with Android basics – including how to work with Android Studio and its built-in interface builder. Then you’ll dive into more advanced topics such as solid Android development patterns and much more. You’ll also be able to tune and test the app for performance.

You’ll learn :

Android studio, the code editor, and the Layout editor tool.
Testing environment, database management, content providers, and intents
Concepts of material design.
Advance features such as App Links, Instant Apps, the Android studio profiler, and Gradle build configuration.
Start with the basics and progresses to developing production-ready applications.

6. Android Programming with Kotlin for Beginners

  • Author : John Horton.
  • Publisher ‏: Packt Publishing Limited (30 April 2019)
  • Language ‏: ‎English
  • Paperback : ‎698 pages

Kotlin is a statically typed general-purpose programming language and it is widely used to develop Android Application. This book reveals the different concepts and introduces numerous shades of Kotlin. This book gives you a strong grasp of how Kotlin and Android work together before exploring the various APIs. It also has a great introduction to Kotlin. This is one of the best books for beginners to kick-start your Android journey.

You’ll learn :

The project-based approach to learn Android app development.
Build beautiful, practical layouts using Scroll View, Recycler View, Navigation View, View Pager, and Card View.
Build a simple database application that can sort and store the user’s data.
Add user interaction, data capture, sound & animation, etc. to your applications.
Implement dialog boxes to capture input from the user, etc.

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