Dec 16 AT 1:23 AM Dustin Earley 83 Comments

Google launches Android Training for aspiring developers


The Android Developers website has always played host to a great wealth of knowledge on developing apps for Android. It’s where you go to download the SDK, find announcements on development and publish apps, among other things. Starting today, the Android Developers website will also become a training ground for developers in the making.

Announced by Reto Meier, Android Developer Relations Tech Lead, Android Training is a collection of free virtual classes aimed at helping developers with a wide variety of problems and questions. Classes range from Designing for Multiple Screens to Monetizing Your App, with a little bit of everything in between.

Meier has promised that more from Android Training is on the way, but for now, there’s more than enough to keep even the seasoned developer occupied for awhile. To see all the different classes Android Training offers, just head to the Android Developers website now.

Source: Android Developers Blog

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • ramenchef

    Sounds like Google is finally starting to work on the whole preconception of iOS apps being more polished than their Android counterparts.

    • benben

      I somewhat agree with your point but really I think it comes down to the developers and the effort they put into making their apps. There are a lot of very good Android apps out with thick layers of polish already.
      Still good on Google, though :)

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        • Futureboy

          Just keep down-voting until it disappears..

          • LukeT32

            Didn’t know that was possible.

  • stenzor

    Awesome, I am thinking about getting into Android development soon

    • BlkSquad

      Here as well, it seems all the good ideas are taken though lol

      • stenzor

        That doesn’t matter.. a majority of them look like crap and don’t work.. There’s always room for improvement in the design department.. And I guarantee that even if your app has the same functions as another one on the market, if it looks better, it will sell

        • raichleb

          Absolutely right. Beside, I’m not even thinking about selling; this is just something I’d like to learn for myself.

        • AsakuraZero

          not only make it look it better, you can make it better in overall, more efficient, more user friendly, battery saving. etc.

          its true its rare to make something “new” but its not rare to make something better.

          • David

            Great comment!

            I started developing for Android out of needs: I needed a kind of app and there were many in the Market, but lots of poorly executed ones, and none with the functionality that I wanted.

            So, as a DIY guy, I made my own. It’s far from perfect (it was my first Android app), but yet it was the top app by far in that segment, and it even topped #1 in the Top Paid, Weather section (in my country, they filter that rank by country/language in case you didn’t notice already).

            Of course, that tells more about the general quality of most niche apps (the generics work great, all the brands are there) than about myself as a developer. LOL

    • desean

      This might be a push factor for me to start on Android dev too :)

      • Thomas Biard

        Me too, the only problem is it goes on my list of 1×10^6 things I have to/want to do. Too little time for me to dabble in all the arenas i want :(

    • koorsr

      Same here. I downloaded and set up everything in Eclipse yesterday. I had just started looking for a good place to find instructions to help me start out, but it seems like I don’t have to look any further.

    • Futureboy

      Same here. Google’s App Inventor was a good idea, but it was a bit limited. The plug-and-play idea was nice, but didn’t teach a whole lot about development. Plus there was no way you’d ever get your App Inventor app on the market (which was actually a good thing because then the market would have been flooded with garbage).

      It’s nice to finally have a great resource to learn how to build an app and do it right!

  • BlkSquad

    Awesome, everybody could use a refresher now and again. Definitely a cool feature.

  • jimtravis

    Nice feature by Google. I will check it out, if quality is good, a welcome addition.

  • ArticulateFool

    Good on google. I am sure this will help many aspiring developers!

  • Billy

    I may have to check this out. I have wanted to engage in some android development … even just for fun .. hmmmm… did I just reveal the inner nerd? At least I am in good company.

  • evobb10

    That is nice. Awesome Google has open door for developers

  • osc707

    aewsome, bookmarked for weekend reading!

  • xfaith

    Might have to check it out, hopefully they have some newbie classes to get your feet wet.

  • chuksy

    well done big G

  • Hall Lo

    Awesome :D time to start reading and make me some nice programs!

  • staryoshi

    Perfect timing! I am starting my journey into Android development and these resources will help.

  • zerosix

    Great, next step – some moderation in the Market.

  • jamal

    Improvements and additions to help developers is always great and very much welcome. Power to the Developer!!

  • Aleksandar Simov

    thats what I was waiting.

  • donger

    perfect for a winter break project.

  • alee

    This certainly seems like a good idea, though so far, they only seem to have lessons on a few specific topics. It will be much more useful when it has a more comprehensive list of topics.

  • eliander mendoza

    this will help developers improve their apps before they release them. goole +1

  • Jorge Eslava

    I’ve been wanting to make apps for a while now but I am completely code literate, I need to find a good book that will teach me what I need to know before I can learn because all the books I’ve looked at don’t make much sense to me.

  • lokidokie

    Fantastic. I’ve been looking for something like this.
    So to get something straight from Google??? Brilliant!!

  • Lewis McGeary

    Great, will be checking this out. From the titles though this looks like it’s not for complete beginners but for those who can already cobble something together and need to improve it.

  • Martjn2

    Android developing military FTW!!

  • dafi81

    nice, points you in the right direction!

  • Yago Rosa

    That will be very helpful

  • Rob Vermeij

    It is really good to see the amount of work Google puts into the community. That makes this a truly great platform!

  • w0urds

    Perfect, now if I could just get some free time.

  • cthonctic

    Very nice to see there is this kind of developer support, not just high-level for the pros but also lowering the threshold for new entries.
    If I can find some spare time I may just brush up on my Java skills and dabble in Adroid app development a bit, if only for the learning experience. :)

  • Robert Whittaker

    Who can see the $ signs racking up in front of their eyes? Right off to plan the next angry birds!

  • Daniel @PC Support

    Register with PC Support services, to find instant solutions to all your problems related to Android. And start enjoying the grand prospects of the smartest mobile operating system.

  • CJ LaFleur

    Oh yes! Finally! This is great news! Now i can really get into development.

  • vid500

    Great, I’ll try it some time to see if they can teach me something I don’t know.

  • Vikram S

    Great i vll try it…

  • kzlife

    Have started toying around with android development the last couple of month and this seem to be a nice way to get more knowledge :)

  • Matthew Morrison

    This is cool, I always wanted to learn more about developing with Android and stuff like this will only make it easier.

  • Jeb

    This is awesome!

  • droiddewd

    I will definitely be checking these vids out.

  • Kaote

    Seems like a great place for reference, refreshers and picking up a few new tricks.

  • zyphbear

    I am glad Google is doing this to help out developers. I do hope they will come out with a training or software to help convert iOS apps to Android ones so some companies would be more likely to give it a try instead of having to feel like they need to split their Devs to get both versions.

  • rutgers2k

    Google needs give developers better options, videos alone won’t do it. Where is the sin like training and certification.

  • securifirm

    Definitely liking where Google is headed. Anything they can do to improve the developer experience is welcomed.

  • hokiewv

    I saw a great talk on writing zippy android apps at Google IO 2010 and I hope they add a series of tutorials for those techniques. The great thing about Android is that it is easy to create an application but a lot of the materials I’ve seen don’t use best practices for creating robust and responsive apps.

  • theJP

    This is exactly what I have been waiting for. I’ve been playing around with android programming for a while now but I just needed a bit more guided instruction to really get started.

  • Samar

    I’m coming Android.. :-)

  • Louis A

    Sign me droid leader lol

  • lancaster09

    I guess my problem is still that I don’t understand Java that much. My ideas are great and I have tried doing some the training stuff out there like Busy Coder’s guide (which I highly recommend) however I think I’m still lacking the fundamentals. I’ve doen some codes for engring school but those were mostly math related.

  • Marcus

    This is really neat. I’ve always been interested in app development! Thank you Google!

  • jaxidian

    Wow, this is some good stuff put out by Google!!

  • Sean the Electrofreak

    Judging by the article picture, it appears that they’ll teach you Spanish too.

  • Dan13

    This is great! Now if only I knew how to program. Anyone know a good way to learn java?

  • calihawki

    That is great news! I have done some simplistic Android development but would definitely enjoy these courses.

  • HoLfElDeR

    This is nice, i wanted to do some andorid development this is good way to get to know how to do it

  • Ilyse Rose

    This is really awesome, glad to see Google is taking charge and helping developers out whenever they can.

  • behzadbayat

    Thanks google, but i miss the time gogle was so creative. Still like the company and will look in to this.

  • korn

    I want to write for Android, but I hate Java.

  • plp27

    I think I’ll try it

  • fenixshaw

    Between working a full time job in retail and part time in impound, I know what ill be doing when not on androidandme!

  • WlfHart

    Reminds me of codinggreenrobots, but better…

  • sgumer

    this is a great idea for google because they can make more money (as if they need it) and at the same time guide people in the way they want android to be modified and developed. it is ingenious.

  • Waspdroid

    Time to start developement :)

  • thegross1

    I’ve been meaning to get my feet wet in the world of android development, this might be enough to get me diving in. Off to check it out….

  • sap 26

    How convenient for me. I’ve often thought about Android development and now I think I’ll take a look into it.

  • tequilya

    Nice! Please:)

  • humidity

    Yay, more apps!

  • myslef

    perfect. I wanted to develop, but I’m in need of time. I’ll soon have some finally and I hope I’ll find myself comfortable in android development and I think THIS will definitely be of great help.
    RPG for all.

  • Luke Haviland

    this is so cool.
    sucks for the people selling books for $50 bucks that do the same thing
    great for people like me who cant afford those books

  • aaroncoffman3

    this is really great to see! id always loved the idea of integrating architectural visualization/AR with droid. now hopefully i can learn how.

  • Doug

    I’ve got a great idea for a game called Irritated Cats…

  • _Diego

    This is will be a very good tool for starting AND seasoned developers. was very good before with al the documentation, but with this addition it’s a boost for your learning curve!

  • ManiaX

    Love this idea..