Developers Learn How OpenGL is an Essential Tool for 3D Computer Graphics for Android.

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Android Developers: Harness the full power of OpenGL ES with "Pro OpenGL ES for Android"—just released by Apress Media

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"It has never been easier to learn the world of 3D programming for Android."

The Android platform is one of the fastest growing segments in the mobile industry. Already developers have been creating apps and games to be sold on these devices since it exploded onto the market. Many experienced Android developers are now starting to see the value in learning 3D graphics to give them a leg up in creating better apps and more in-demand games. To help developers who want to enter the 3D world, graphics experts and authors Mike Smithwick and Mayank Verma created "Pro OpenGL Es for Android" as the go-to guide book for the open platform, published by Apress Media.

Pro OpenGL ES for Android offers everything a programmer needs to know about 3D graphics —from basic mathematical concepts to advanced coding techniques. Authors Smithwick and Verma walk readers through the process of building a fascinating 3D solar system simulator using the fundamental concepts.

While working on the solar system project example in the book, programmers will learn how to incorporate a variety of graphic and animation techniques and how they fit into application development. "Pro OpenGL ES for Android" begins by explaining the basics of 3D math and then orients the reader to the native Android 3D libraries that will be used in building the solar system project—and of course in creating 3D games. This essential resource will also teach how to create 2D interfaces within the 3D world and how to develop animation and 3D movement. The authors cover topics such as lighting, texture mapping, modeling, shaders, blending modes and several more advanced concepts.

Pro OpenGL ES for Android is the go-to guide for the Android developer who wants to start learning the world of 3D. Readers will learn all the skills needed to build their own incredible 3D applications based on the most powerful 3D libraries available. Smithwick and Verma’s book gains a strong foothold in the rich and trending world of 3D —and until now there has never been easier or more comprehensive guide for learning this skill.

To learn more about "Pro OpenGL ES for Android," visit
*ISBN13: 978-1-4302-4002-0
*308 Pages
*User Level: Intermediate to Advanced
*Publishing February 1, 2012
*Available eBook Formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDF

  • Print Book Price : $49.99
  • eBook Price: $34.99

About the Authors
Mike Smithwick’s slow descent into programming computers began when he first got a little 3-bit plastic DigiComp 1 computer in 1963. Eventually he graduated to programming NASA flight simulator graphics through the 1980s. He wrote and sold the popular Distant Suns planetarium program for the Commodore Amiga, old-school Mac, and Microsoft Windows while selling himself as a contract programmer on the side, working for Apple, 3DO, Sense-8, and Epyx. Eventually he landed a job at Live365, working on client software Windows and Windows Mobile 6, TiVo, Symbian and iPhone. After 13 years, he decided to go back to contracting, writing, and working on Distant Suns for mobile devices after it became modest success in the App Store.

Mayank Verma completed his master’s degree in computer science from Arizona State University in 2008. During the program, he published several research papers in the area of security. Since then, he has been working as a software developer specializing in software application design and development. Mayank is passionate about mobile application development and became interested in Android programming when the platform was first launched by Google. When he’s is not working on Android projects, he spends his spare time reading technical blogs, researching, analyzing, and testing mobile applications, and hacking gadgets.

About Apress Media
Apress Media LLC is a technical and business publisher devoted to meeting the needs of IT professionals, software developers, programmers, and business leaders with more than 1,000 books in print and electronic formats. Apress provides high-quality, no-fluff content that helps serious technology professionals build a comprehensive pathway to career success. For more information about the innovative approach Apress takes to publishing, please visit


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