Join Joseph Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Connecting to Android, part of Up and Running with Cloud Service APIs.
…As noted in the first lesson in this chapter, Android devices have…a commanding presence in the market with about an 80% share globally.…In just the U.S., that drops to about 50%.…But Android still is in the lead currently.…Targeting Android APIs is primarily handled…through a single universal but flexible SDK.…As you can see from the home screen of the…Android developer site, currently the latest version is 4.4 KitKat.…The Android SDK, available from developer.android.com/sdk, is a…bundled system that includes the open source IDE Eclipse, complete with an…Android Development Tools plugin, also known as ADT, as well as an SDK Manager.…
Android has in development a replacement for the ADT powered Eclipse calles Android…Studio, which you can get an early access preview of now if you like.…Because it's in a very early stage of development,…I recommend you stick with Eclipse ADT for now.…When you go to the SDK main page, you'll…see a download link that targets your particular OS.…Once you click that link, you'll need to…
First, there are the popular Google cloud services and device-specific APIs for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Then there are APIs to connect to followers on platforms like Facebook and Twitter and even pull images from Flickr. For some really interesting data, Joe shows how to access corporate APIs from companies like Citrix and General Motors. (Imagine getting vehicle data straight from GM.) Last, he shows how to leverage public sector APIs and mine data from the national census, weather bureaus, and even federal job boards. Learn how to make your web projects stand out with cloud services.
- Working with Google Cloud APIs
- Connecting to mobile devices via APIs
- Interfacing with Facebook and managing a Twitter feed
- Utilizing the Google infrastructure in your own apps
- Working with the General Motors API
- Understanding public sector APIs