Zigurd Mednieks

Zigurd Mednieks

Interactive device software architect

  • @zigurd

Harvard, Massachusetts

Areas of Expertise:

  • Mobile and embedded systems
  • Android applications and system software
  • handset and embedded systems integration and architecture
  • product definition
  • project and program management
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • programming
  • training
  • writing
Zigurd Mednieks is a consultant to leading OEMs, enterprises, and entrepreneurial ventures creating Android-based systems and software. Previously he was Chief Architect at D2 Technologies, a voice-over-IP (VoIP) technology provider. There he led engineering and product definition work for products that blended communication and social media in purpose-built embedded systems and on the Android platform. He is lead author of Programming Android.

Zigurd is a 25 year veteran of user interface, telephony, and social media product creation in the computing and telecommunications industries. He co-authored Android Application Development, published by O'Reilly in 2009, writing chapters on telephony and inter-process communication. In 1986, his first book, C programming Techniques for the Macintosh, co-authored with his then wife-to-be Terry, was published by Howard W. Sams & Co. and went into several printings.

Programming Android Programming Android
by Zigurd Mednieks, Laird Dornin, Blake Meike, Masumi Nakamura
Second Edition October 2012
Print: $49.99
Ebook: $42.99

Programming Android Programming Android
by Laird Dornin, Zigurd Mednieks, Blake Meike, Masumi Nakamura
July 2011
Ebook: $35.99

"This book is great for reading from cover to cover as well as using it as a reference. I plan on keeping this book by my side. This book is for anyone looking to get into Android programming or anyone looking for direction on building Android applications with the latest APIs, tools, and best practices."
--Tad Anderson, Real World Software Architecture

"An excellent introduction and guide to building smartphone applications for the Java-based Android environment..."
--Michael L. Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing

"I was really excited to hear that there was an O'Reilly Android book out, and I'm equally excited to be able to say that it's exceeding my expectations at every turn they put into being cross-platform, often providing details for Linux and Mac OS X as well as Windows..."
--Dave Josephsen, ;login: The Usenix Magazine, October 2009

"I'm no super developer and I need stuff like this, that can take things a little more slowly and make it all clear. "
--JR Peck, Slashdot.org

"An excellent introduction and guide to building smartphone applications for the Java-based Android environment, which has been developed by Google. "
--Michael L. Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing