Yesterday Google announced the launch of a new training tool Android Fundamentals on the Google developer’s blog. The course is aimed at assisting experienced programmers to switch over to Android by familiarising themselves with the Android SDK and Android Studio. This is unfortunately not for those completely new to programming but instead those who do possess some programming knowledge.
“Android Fundamentals is an online training course featuring Google Developer Advocates Reto Meier, Dan Galpin, and Katherine Kuan, working with the team at Udacity that’s advanced and technical enough for experienced developers who are new to Android — maybe even new to mobile — but not new to programming”.
The free course consists of a two-week acceleration course designed to prepare the students for a more intense paid full course after completion. The paid course is in partnership with Udacity and costs $150 per month. This is an 8 week course (if working at the assumed 6 hours per week) and includes all course materials, videos, quizzes, forum access and personalised feedback at no extra cost.
“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 for the course are:
- Strong working knowledge of Java or another object-oriented programming language.
- Download Android Studio
- Comfortable working with code on Github.
- (ideally) Access to an Android device – but not required
Although you may not want to take part in the full paid course the two week bridge course should at least be of value. This is free with no obligation and will help those looking to advance their skills in Android development.
If you are interested than you can read more on Android Fundamentals by heading over to the developer blog. If you want to get straight to the course details (both paid and free) then head over to the Udacity page. For a more broader look at Android development visit the Android developer section with details on all upcoming projects including the Android L Preview.
You can also view a quick trailer for Android Fundamentals by clicking here.