Mobile Developer News Roundup, Android Edition: Get “50 Android Hacks” Cheap, Accesibility, Consume Azure Mobile Services from Android

by Joey deVilla on October 5, 2012

50 Android Hacks

Today’s “Deal of the Day” — a regular offering from Manning Publications where they make one of their books available for far less that it would normally go for — is for 50 Android Hacks. Here’s the publisher’s description:

“In this compact and infinitely useful book, Android expert Carlos Sessa delivers 50 little gems like you’d learn from the old guy in the next cube or the geniuses on StackOverflow.”

50 Android Hacks is an “early access” book, which means that it’s still a work in progress. Buying it now means that you can download the current version and all updates including the final book.

The ebook normally sells for US$27.99, but with the access code dotd1005cc, you can get it for US$15.00 today only.

As an added bonus, you can use the same dotd1005cc code to get  Android in Practice and Android in Action, Third Edition at 46% off.

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Android Apps Accessibility

Here’s the video of the Google I/O 2012 presentation Making Android Apps Accessible, which covers the platform accessibility APIs introduced in Android 4.0 (a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich) and features such as “touch exploration, speech synthesis, multiplatform support through use of a DPAD, magnification for low vision, braille, and more.”

There’s also a recent Grokking Android article, Take These Steps to Make Your Android App Accessible, which is also worth reading.

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Consuming Azure Mobile Services from Android

In yesterday’s Mobile Developer News Roundup, I linked to a series of MSDN articles on using Azure as a back end for your iOS apps. There’s a similar series for Android titled Consuming Azure Mobile Services from Android.

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