Android Dreams, Widgets and Notifications: Life Outside Your App

This course teaches you how to provide users with a rich and interactive experience without ever requiring them to open your app through the effective use of Android Dreams, widgets, and notifications.
Course info
Rating
(47)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Nov 19, 2013
Duration
3h 20m
Table of contents
Providing an Out-of-App Experience
Creating Engaging Notfications
Making Notfications Interactive
Creating Home Screen Widgets
Updating and Configuring Widgets
Description
Course info
Rating
(47)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Nov 19, 2013
Duration
3h 20m
Description

Sometimes the best app experiences occur completely outside of your app. Users must often switch back and forth between a variety of tasks, which they can do much more effectively if they can interact with each app’s information without having to explicitly open the app. This course teaches you how to provide this incredible out-of-app user experience using Android dreams, widgets, and notifications. Dreams allow your app to display information or provide entertainment while the device is docked or charging. Widgets allow your app to provide an interactive user experience directly on the Android home screen. With notifications your app can provide information to the user through the status bar even when the user is using a different app; notifications can also gather information from the user and, when necessary, allow the user to jump directly to the appropriate screen within your app right from the status bar.

About the author
About the author

Jim Wilson is president of JW Hedgehog, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in solutions for the Android, iOS, and Microsoft platforms. Jim has over 30 years of software engineering experience, with the past 15 years heavily focused on creating mobile device and location-based solutions.

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