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Zigurd Mednieks
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  • Surfaceable.com
    Principal, 2011 - present
  • OpenMobile
    CTO, 2011 - 2013
  • D2 Technologies
  • JumpTap
  • Chasma
  • Ercisson Junpier Networks (EJN)
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Making things with Android. Contact information at zigurd.com
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I'm lead author of Programming Android, the top-selling intermediate-level Android book, now revised and expanded for a 2nd edition. I'm also lead author of Enterprise Android, the first Android programming book to focus on high-performance networked apps with an all-device UI. Now my co-authors and me are working on a 3rd edition of Programming Android.

I run a consultancy called Surfaceable.com. Surfaceable helps companies use the Android OS and Android app software  in their products and systems.

I was the part-time CTO for a startup that ported the Android runtime environment to other operating systems.

A few years ago I co-authored Android Application Development, published by O'Reilly. Many years ago I wrote C Programming Techniques for the Macintosh.

Before I started working on Android software, I designed and helped build a operating system for IP telephony systems, and a presence-centric IP telephony UI built on that platform.

I have designed application UIs, voice UIs, communications APIs, and other combinations of user experience, social media, and communication.

I can speak Latvian, and can get by in German. I know enough Mandarin to tell a taxi driver where to stop. Most of the time.

I like helping people make good and useful products.
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I have created several novel techniques in communications systems and user interfaces. I have an issued patent and several patents in process.
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Google announced two new communications apps into an increasingly difficult environment for new entrants in messaging. Why did they do this?

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Telirati Analysis #18 The QUIC Brown Fox Jumped Over the Top of Carrier Messaging, or Allo, Duo, WebRTC, QUIC, Jibe, and RCS, Explained
Source: Wikipedia.org At Google I/O 2016, Google announced two new messaging products: Allo, for text messaging, and Duo, for video communications. These are the most recent in a series of messaging products Google has created, none of which have succeeded ...
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I'm the series editor for a "Deep Dive" series being published by Addison-Wesley, on Android programming. AW has asked me to get more books started. I'm looking for authors for a book on graphics APIs in Android and on user interface APIs.

I need one or two authors for each book. If you are an experienced author, if you know one, or if you want to try your hand at writing about programming, or if you know someone who should, please contact me to express your interest or connect me with the person you have in mind.

We've had two first-time authors participate in the series with excellent results. This series is a great way to get into working with a first-tier publisher, and to gain the contacts that can get you represented by a top literary agent.

Links to the first three books in the series are here:
http://www.amazon.com/Embedded-Programming-Android-Bringing-Scratch/dp/0134030001
http://www.amazon.com/Android-Concurrency-G-Blake-Meike/dp/0134177436
http://www.amazon.com/Android-Database-Best-Practices-Deep/dp/0134437993

Be a part of the biggest and best series of books on Android software development!
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Even though it's not really a beginner's book, Programming Android is in the top 10 in beginning Java books, and the top Android book in that category.


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Telirati Analysis #18 The QUIC Brown Fox Jumped Over the Top of Carrier Messaging, or Allo, Duo, WebRTC, QUIC, Jibe, and RCS, Explained http://www.telirati.com/2016/05/telirati-analysis-18-quic-brown-fox.html
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Telirati Analysis #18 The QUIC Brown Fox Jumped Over the Top of Carrier Messaging, or Allo, Duo, WebRTC, QUIC, Jibe, and RCS, Explained
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