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by Donn Felker
Come to this hands-on-lab to be introduced to Android tablet development. We'll build out a simple android application, which showcases features of the new Android Tablet APIs. First, we will cover a short synopsis of what is new in Android Tablet development and then we will dive right in, creating an application which allows users to utilize the action bar, fragments, emulator and more. You will build an app that works on small screen devices, as well as large screen devices. We'll briefly touch on the new Android widgets, RoboGuice integration and internationalization.
Honeycomb was arguably one of the biggest landmarks in the tablet landscape since the birth of the iPad. This operating system re-approached tablet computing with a new UI and represented the first real challenge to iPad's market dominance.
These new UI elements make Android tablets vastly more usable, particularly in the enterprise space, but also requires designers to add even more to their already fragmented Android knowledgebase. This design-focused class looks at how to make the most of Honeycomb, whether it be an original app or a port from iPad. We will cover:
We will mix lecture with interactive lessons. Students should bring paper, a pencil and their laptops if they are not already very familiar with Android tablets and its design practices. We will be doing some activities in small teams and will provide a few printed copies of the Android Design Guidelines to help participants.
6th–9th November 2011