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Android app book for hardware types

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mariajim
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mariajim   8/25/2010 7:43:02 AM
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Standby for more mind unbending. My guess based on T. N. Palmer's article on "The Invariant Set Postulate: a new geometric framework for the foundations of quantum theory and the role played by gravity " in Proceedings of the Royal Society A, 2009, 465 is that we will heading in the direction of simplification which will throw out a lot of the over complications of unvalidated (by experiment) concepts. I just hope that Susskind will be around to make it clear - he is quite lucid. www.padana.com

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Microchip_Manny   7/26/2010 8:07:26 AM
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Regarding the speed of the application, it really depends on the needs of the application. For my current project, I am using the Android phone to serve as the UI for a remote sensor product. There are still things that can be done better in hardware than in software...right? However, if your application is a fast paced video game you may need to tweak the performance, in which case you will want to look into the Android Native Development Kit (NDK) in which you can code up critical portions of your application in C/C++ instead of Java. However, you may be surprised at the performance you can get just using Java by using the development libraries that have already been done. Either way, you should become familiar with the Android Development website at developer.android.com. As for the time it takes to develop your first "big" application, there are just too many variables to quantify that effectively since it depends on the complexity of the application and the number and skills/experiences of the developer(s). So the best advice that I can give for now is to simply get started with getting familiar with the Android development tools, environment, processes and concepts, which I feel this book will do. After you and/or your team does that you will get a better sense of the time and effort needed to finish a "big" application. And do not forget to connect up with some artistic friends or associates to cover the graphics, video and/or sound aspects of your application as customer expectations are HIGH as to what is a good application...even if it is free. I hope this helps! - Manny

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Microchip_Manny   7/26/2010 7:47:45 AM
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Thinks for pointing Gearbox out Jagdish! To help others out, the website is www.Gearbox.me, i.e. not the ".com" domain. Being the hardware type this is what I am doing now and why I got this book and decided to post a review of it. Hopefully the review was helpful. - Manny

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Jagdish Bisawa   7/24/2010 6:08:22 PM
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It's great to have such a book for an OS that is free & is getting popular day-after-day.A lot more is going to happen & I feel that the Android OS will take the momentum of Linux,given the fact that it is meant for hand-help devices. I'd like to draw the reader's attention to a company called Gearbox that specializes in developing open-hardware devices that can be controlled using smart phones. This reference highlights the potential for the things to come in the future. We surely have a lot to witness !!

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KB3001   7/24/2010 3:11:50 PM
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Thanks Manuel for this interesting insight. I wonder if you could give us some information about the speed of your applications' execution time and tips on how to reduce this? Also could you speculate on the average time needed to build a first reasonably big application on the Android, for newbies?

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