By Carlos Sessa, Jr
Landscape is way cooler that portrait when it comes to viewing a video on your cell. To make the video full screen when the device is rotated, you need to tell the system that you’ll handle the orientation changes yourself. In this article, based on a technique presented in 50 Android Hacks, the author shows you how to do that by changing the size and position of VideoView.
By W. Frank Ableson, Robi Sen, and Chris King
Android has become a market-moving technology platform—not just because of the functionality available in the platform but because of how the platform has come to market. In this article based on chapter 5 of Android in Action, Third Edition, the authors introduce the platform and provide context to help you understand Android and where it fits in the global cell phone scene.
Android—the Big Picture (PDF)
W. Frank Ableson, Charlie Collins, Robi Sen, and Robert Cooper, authors of Unlocking Android
This green paper is taken from the forthcoming book Unlocking Android from Manning Publications. It explains the essential concepts of the Android platform, describes the features of the Android stack, and provides practical examples to illustrate how it works. For the table of contents, the Author Forum, and other resources, go to http://www.manning.com/ableson/.
Targeting Android (PDF)