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! 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, by the end of the course, you'll learn enough to decide how best to continue your journey as an Android app developer, if you're interesting in pursuing such a path.
Why Take This?
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.
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. Finally, the **most important prerequisite** is a willingness to learn new things, and belief that you can do this!
Learn the basics of Android and Java programming, and take the first step on your journey to becoming an Android developer!