Are you inspired by tech or curious as to how some things are built or work? You see building stuff and solving problems as fun? Do you have that particular application on your Android smartphone you wish you could build? Or does your best friend or colleague build super cool apps and you just wish you could be like him/her? And worse, he or she or anybody else do not have the time to teach you.
If you answered ‘Yes’ to more than one of the above questions (particularly the 3rd question), then I’d say you should worry no more. I will show you some cool platforms where you can learn Android development at your own preferred time and pace.
In partnership with Google, there is an Android Development for Beginners on Udacity that is a perfect kickoff point for individuals that would love to build super cool Android app with no background knowledge whatsoever in coding or programming. According to information on the course page, the course was designed for students looking to break into the programming scene and build Android applications while at it.
Learning Android development on Udacity is comes at no cost whatsoever, but requires dedication, a computer that can run Android Studio (a software used to build Android Apps), and most importantly, the willingness to learn new things. I should also mention that it will only take about 4 weeks to complete; depends on the number of hours you dedicate to each lesson and topics.
There is also a Nano-degree program on Android Development you can enroll for, but unlike the course for beginners, the Nanodegree program is a paid (not free) program and you have to have some programming knowledge to learn efficiently. Also, the Nanodegree takes more time (about 7 months) to complete and get certified.
COOL FACT: The average annual salary for an Android Developer is $78,046 (according to PayScale)
Coursera’s “Android App Development Specialization” program is a beginner specific 5-course on Android development. Asides learning through from course materials and videos, you will also be handed Android projects to work on as you progress and complete each course. Each course in the program takes approximately 4 weeks to complete; given you are able to dedicate 5-6 hours per week to the learning.
This whole program will cost you some $$, but depending on your budget and level of pre-existing Android development knowledge, you can choose to skip some courses. However, it is advised that, as a beginner, you take the courses in the order they come in.
Udemy is another platform to learn absolutely anything worth learning. With a wide database of courses on Android development, Udemy is a perfect ground for aspiring Android developers, beginners, intermediates, and even advanced learners to pick up a new skill.
To add, Udemy courses are always relatively affordable; you can learn the basics and build your first app for as low as $14.67.
Treehouse is a popular “online school” that brings affordable technology education to people all over the world. With over 200 courses and more than 180,000 students, Treehouse has helped a sizeable number of people kick-start a career in programming.
If you wish to learn to build cool Android apps, they have a course you can enroll for. For as low as $26, you can have access to a pool of useful resources, tools, and community members to help and guide you through the journey of building applications for Android.
Edureka is another renowned online education marketplace on the internet where you can learn to code, develop and build Android Apps. Edureka’s Android development course is globally recognized and certified by Google.
With a team of top class and experienced tutors, you will learn how to use basic Android development tools, how to create interactive applications, how to integrate Facebook, Google Drive and Dropbox to your app, hot to create a web dynamic web application and lots of other Android development topics in the space of 5 weeks.
Though Edureka’s Android development is quite pricey ($200) when compared to other platforms, Edureka promises that you will learn a lot.
Have you used any of these platforms to learn Android development? What Android apps have you built? How long did it take you to build your first app? Tell us in the comments.