Android Studio Essentials

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  • Install Android Studio on your system and configure the Android Software Development Kit
  • Create your first project and explore its structure
  • Improve your productivity while programming by getting the best of the code editor
  • Design the user interface using layouts and learn how to handle the various user events
  • Integrate Google Play services into your project efficiently
  • Monitor your app while it's running and constantly improve its performance

Android Studio is an IDE that is based on the JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA. It gives developers a unique platform to develop and debug Android apps using various developer tools. It has a wide array of features such as live layout facility, Gradle build support, and template-based wizards, which makes it a preferred choice for developers.

Starting off with the basic installation and configuration of Android Studio, this book aids you in building a new project by helping you to create a custom launcher icon and guiding you to choose your activity. You then gain an insight on the additional tools provided in Android Studio, namely the Software Development Kit (SDK) Manager, Android Virtual Device (AVD) Manager, and Javadoc.

Finally, it helps you to familiarize yourself with the Help section in Android Studio that enables you to search for the help you might require in different scenarios.

  • Learn to install and configure Android Studio on your machine to create your own projects
  • Test your apps using the Android emulator and learn how to manage virtual devices
  • Familiarize yourself with the fundamentals of Android development through an exemplary coverage of practical examples, functional code, and relevant screenshots
Page Count 126
Course Length 3 hours 46 minutes
ISBN 9781784397203
Date Of Publication 28 Jan 2015


Belén Cruz Zapata

Belén Cruz Zapata received her engineer's degree in computer science from the University of Murcia in Spain, specializing in software technologies, and intelligent and knowledge technologies. She earned an MSc in computer science and is now working on her PhD in the Software Engineering Research Group from the University of Murcia.

During the 2013/2014 academic year, Belén collaborated with the Université Mohammed V-Soussi, in Rabat, Morocco. Her research is focused on usability applied to mobile health (mHealth) applications.

Belén is currently working as a mobile developer for Android and iOS in the San Francisco Bay area. She is also the author of the book: Testing and Securing Android Studio Applications, Packt Publishing.

To follow her projects, you can visit her personal webpage at and you can follow her on Twitter: @belen_cz.