The Essential Android Books for IT Administrators and Developers

The Essential Android Books for IT Administrators and Developers

Solutions Review compiles the most essential books on Android that any IT administrator or developer needs to add to their reading list.

Knowing how to properly manage and secure your Android devices is critical for IT administrators and engineers. Books, whether hardcover or digital, are an excellent source for people looking to learn about a specific field of technology, and Android is no exception. We’ve listed the top Android books that you should add to your reading list. These books are intended for beginners and experts alike and are written by authors with proficiency and/or recognition in Android devices and management.

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Android App Development

by Hervé J. Franceschi

“Using innovative, engaging methods, Android App Development cultivates student knowledge of app development through a progressive, building block approach. […] Model View Controller architecture is used throughout the book to promote good software engineering practice. Students will be engaged by essential as well as specialized topics such as XML resources, event-driven programming, animation, sounds, making a game, voice recognition, and more.”


Android Cookbook: Problems and Solutions for Android Developers

by Ian F. Darwin

“Jump in and build working Android apps with the help of more than 230 tested recipes. The second edition of this acclaimed cookbook includes recipes for working with user interfaces, multitouch gestures, location awareness, web services, and specific device features such as the phone, camera, and accelerometer. You also get useful info on packaging your app for the Google Play Market.”


Android Forensics: Investigation, Analysis and Mobile Security for Google Android

by Andrew Hoog

“Android Forensics: Investigation, Analysis, and Mobile Security for Google Android provides the background, techniques and analysis tools you need to effectively investigate an Android phone. This book offers a thorough review of the Android platform, including the core hardware and software components, file systems and data structures, data security considerations, and forensic acquisition techniques and strategies for the subsequent analysis required.”


Android Security: Attacks and Defenses

by Anmol Misra and Abhishek Dubey

“[This book] is for anyone interested in learning about the strengths and weaknesses of the Android platform from a security perspective. Starting with an introduction to Android OS architecture and application programming, it will help readers get up to speed on the basics of the Android platform and its security issues. Explaining the Android security model and architecture, the book describes Android permissions, including Manifest permissions, to help readers analyze applications and understand permission requirements. It also rates the Android permissions based on security implications and covers JEB Decompiler.”

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Android Security Internals: An In-Depth Guide to Android’s Security Architecture

by Nikolay Elenkov

“There are more than one billion Android devices in use today, each one a potential target. Unfortunately, many fundamental Android security features have been little more than a black box to all but the most elite security professionals—until now. In Android Security Internals, top Android security expert Nikolay Elenkov takes us under the hood of the Android security system.”


Decompiling Android

by Godfrey Nolan

“Decompiling Android looks at the the reason why Android apps can be decompiled to recover their source code, what it means to Android developers and how you can protect your code from prying eyes. […] This is becoming an increasingly important topic as the Android marketplace grows and developers are unwittingly releasing the apps with lots of back doors allowing people to potentially obtain credit card information and database logins to back-end systems, as they don’t realize how easy it is to decompile their Android code.”


Professional Android

by Reto Meier and Ian Lake

“Professional Android, 4th Edition shows developers how to leverage the latest features of Android to create robust and compelling mobile apps. This hands-on approach provides in-depth coverage through a series of projects, each introducing a new Android platform feature and highlighting the techniques and best practices that exploit its utmost functionality. The exercises begin simply, and gradually build into advanced Android development.”


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Daniel Hein

Dan is a tech writer who writes about Enterprise Cloud Strategy and Network Monitoring for Solutions Review. He graduated from Fitchburg State University with a Bachelor's in Professional Writing. You can reach him at dhein@solutionsreview.com
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