About this Course

This course is part of the Android Basics Nanodegree by Google.

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 the course, you’ll build two simple (but powerful) apps that you can share with your friends. We also hope that you will learn enough through this course to decide how best to continue your journey as an Android app developer, if you're interesting in pursuing such a path.

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

This course
Android Basics: User Input
Android Basics: Multiple App Screens
Android Basics: Networking
Android Basics: Data Storage

Course Cost
Free
Timeline
Approx. 4 weeks
Skill Level
Beginner
Included in Course
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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 Development for Beginners

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

  • Lyla Fujiwara
    Lyla Fujiwara

    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.
  • Learn about Views and ViewGroups, the basic building blocks of any Android App's User Interface. Learn how to use them to display images and text.
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.
  • Learn about Views and ViewGroups, the basic building blocks of any Android App's User Interface. Learn how to use them to display images and text.
Lesson 2

Making an App Interactive

  • Harness the power of Java to create an interactive coffee ordering app!
  • Start by writing simple Java code statements that add interactivity to your app.
  • Use a fundamental concept in programming, a variable, to keep track of all the coffee drinks ordered.
Lesson 2

Making an App Interactive

  • Harness the power of Java to create an interactive coffee ordering app!
  • Start by writing simple Java code statements that add interactivity to your app.
  • Use a fundamental concept in programming, a variable, to keep track of all the coffee drinks ordered.
Lesson 3

Work with the Android Framework and Control Flow

  • Take a deeper dive into the Android Framework and build the Just Java coffee ordering app!
  • See in more detail how Android works behind the scenes and take your first steps towards learning Object Oriented Programming.
  • Add the ability to add toppings to your coffee, and show a detailed order summary when the customer purchases a coffee.
Lesson 3

Work with the Android Framework and Control Flow

  • Take a deeper dive into the Android Framework and build the Just Java coffee ordering app!
  • See in more detail how Android works behind the scenes and take your first steps towards learning Object Oriented Programming.
  • Add the ability to add toppings to your coffee, and show a detailed order summary when the customer purchases a coffee.

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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Which learning path is right for me?

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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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