About this Course

Learn the basics of Android and Java programming, and take the first step on your journey to becoming an Android developer!

This course is designed for students who are new to programming, and want to learn how to build Android apps. You don’t need any programming experience to take this course. If you’ve been using a smartphone to surf the web and chat with friends, then you’re our perfect target student!

Learning anything new can be tough. We will walk you through the process of making Android apps, but to get the most out of this course, you must bring your enthusiasm for learning, and budget time on your calendar to learn with us.

By the end of this course, you will have learned how to build an app’s layout and then practiced those skills by making a birthday card app.

If you’re curious about the road even farther ahead, these are the free courses that make up the Android Basics Nanodegree, in order:

Course Cost
Free
Timeline
Approx. 2 weeks
Skill Level
Beginner
Included in Course
  • Rich Learning Content

  • Interactive Quizzes

  • Taught by Industry Pros

  • Self-Paced Learning

  • Student Support Community

Join the Path to Greatness

This free course is your first step towards a new career with the Android Basics Nanodegree Program.

Free Course

Android Basics: User Interface

by Google

Enhance your skill set and boost your hirability through innovative, independent learning.

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Course Leads

  • Katherine Kuan
    Katherine Kuan

    Instructor

  • Kunal Chawla
    Kunal Chawla

    Instructor

What You Will Learn

Lesson 1

Building Layouts

  • Take your hand drawn app designs and lay them out on the phone screen.
  • Learn the XML markup language used to lay out Android applications.
  • Add text and color to your app.
Lesson 1

Building Layouts

  • Take your hand drawn app designs and lay them out on the phone screen.
  • Learn the XML markup language used to lay out Android applications.
  • Add text and color to your app.
Lesson 2

Building Layouts 2

  • Learn about Views and ViewGroups, the basic building blocks of any Android App's User Interface.
  • Learn how to use Views and ViewGroups to display images and text.
  • Use padding and margins in order to make your layout comfortable on many different devices.
Lesson 2

Building Layouts 2

  • Learn about Views and ViewGroups, the basic building blocks of any Android App's User Interface.
  • Learn how to use Views and ViewGroups to display images and text.
  • Use padding and margins in order to make your layout comfortable on many different devices.

Prerequisites and Requirements

If you are new to programming and don’t know where to start, then this is the course for you!

We will use Android Studio to build our apps, so you should have access to a computer that can run Android Studio in order to follow along (see Android Studio's System Requirements for details). Don’t worry, you do not need to install Android Studio in advance -- we will provide detailed installation instructions as part of the course.

Access to an Android device is helpful, but not at all required.

Now, in case you have some programming experience, parts of this course may be too slow for you — you should feel free to skip those sections.

Finally, the most important prerequisite is a willingness to learn new things, and belief that you can do this!

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Why Take This Course

If you're a consumer of technology, this course will help you to become a creator of technology. You are only limited by your imagination!

Android powers over 80 percent of the world’s smartphones, and represents an incredible opportunity for developers everywhere. The next billion people coming online will interact with the internet for the very first time on a mobile device.

Building for Android gives you the best opportunity to reach these users and make an impact -- both in your community, and on the world.

What do I get?
  • Instructor videos
  • Learn by doing exercises
  • Taught by industry professionals
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