Android Fundamentals blends theory and practice to help you build great apps the right way. In this course, you’ll work with instructors, step-by-step, to build an Android app, and learn best practices of mobile development in general and Android development in particular.
Why Take This Course?
With over 1 billion Android devices already activated, Android represents an incredible opportunity for developers.
As Android continues to grow beyond smartphones, it will become the brains behind invisible, ubiquitous cloud-connected computing. The skills you learn in this course will help you build awesome apps for smartphones and tablets today, and propel you towards exciting opportunities in Android’s future.
By the end of this course, you’ll build a cloud-connected Android app, and understand the tools, principles, and patterns that underlie all Android development. You’ll understand the challenges associated with developing for the mobile environment (and how to overcome them), learn how to build a great user experience for Android devices, and apply this knowledge to your own projects.
Prerequisites and Requirements
This course is intended for students with at least 3 years of programming experience in Java or another object-oriented programming language (for example: C++, Objective C or Python). Udacity’s Intro to Java is a helpful background if you’re looking to refresh your Java skills.
You will be expected to download Android Studio in order to follow along with the instructors throughout the course. You also should be comfortable working with code on Github.
Access to an Android device is helpful — but not required — to complete the final project.
Finally, while not a formal prerequisite, UX Design for Mobile (also taught in collaboration with Google) is a good companion course to this one.
See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.
What Will I Learn?
Build your own Android app incorporating the skills you’ve learned in this course.
Lesson 1: Create Project Sunshine with a Simple UI (5-8 hrs)
Starting by installing Android Studio, you’ll create your first project with a simple list-based user interface and built and deploy it to virtual and actual devices. You’ll also discover what makes mobile – and Android in particular – a unique environment for app development.