Top 5 Android Courses for Java Developers
Do you know Java? Then you can develop for Android! Read on for a great list of courses to help get you started with Android!
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To be honest with you, I think Java has been very lucky that Android uses it as a programming language. This opened a big door of opportunities for Java developers in Android app development. Many people ask me why Java developers should learn Android. My simple answer is that a good knowledge of the Android OS improves your chances of getting a job and making a difference in people's lives because Android Apps are a direct way to connect billions of people.
Android is without a doubt THE biggest mobile platform in the world, with over 80% market share and billions of devices running it. By creating apps for such a big platform, you have a great opportunity to make a difference. You can also develop for Android on a Windows, Mac or Linux, which means your existing Java development experience will not go to waste.
Similarly, if you are new to Java, it opens another door of opportunity because Java is the most popular programming language and a lot of companies, both big and small, use Java for server-side development.
So, the big question is,how do you learn Android? Well, like many other technologies, books, and online courses are the best way to learn Android. Books provide you with comprehensive coverage and courses are best to start with.
Personally, I have found that we connect better with a new technology when someone else, who is familiar with that technology, explains it.
Online courses provide that interactive learning opportunity. You can also learn at your own pace, you don't need to attend a class or commute long distances to get classroom-based training. Instead, you can learn Android from the comfort of your office and home.
5 Online Courses to Learn Android for Java Programmers
In this article, I am listing down some of the best courses to learn the Android platform and Android app development. These courses are very comprehensive yet inexpensive. Most of the courses you can get for less than $10 and some of them you can try for free by signing up for a 10-day FREE trial which is good enough time to learn Android, especially if you have some prior experience in Java.
1. The Complete Android N Developer Course
This is one of the best course to learn Android App Development with Android 7 Nougat by building real-world apps like Uber, Whatsapp, and Instagram.
This course is created by Rob Percival, Marc Stock, and trusted by over 58K students on the Udemy platform, one of the biggest online training platforms.
The best part of this course is that you need ZERO programming knowledge. You will learn everything you need to know in this course, hence if you are just starting with programming and consider Android a go-to platform, this is the best course for you.
This is also one of the most comprehensive courses on practical Android development. You will learn to develop pretty much any Android app you like. A huge range of technologies is covered, including open source Parse Server, Firebase, Admob, LibGDX (game development), Bluetooth, and a whole lot more.
Another thing this course teaches you is how to monetize your Android app and make money using AdMob and Google Ads.
As part of the course, you will also build a WhatsApp clone and learn how to market that and make money by doing it. So, if you are looking for a new way to make money, this is the course you should join.
2. The Complete Android Developer Course: Beginner to Advanced
This is one more popular courses for learning Android from Udemy and is currently available for $15 after the 90% discount due to Cyber Monday. In this course, you will learn how to build and develop Android applications for smartphones and other devices.
This is probably the most popular course on Android on Udemy with over 96,140 students enrolled. This speaks volumes to the credibility of the course and 97K people cannot be wrong.
In this course, you will not only understand the concepts and techniques used in creating applications but also develop Android applications from scratch. You will learn how to use databases to store data from Android applications and deploy self-developed applications on Android devices.
You will also learn how to create games for Android devices using LibGdx, one of the popular framework for creating games in Java, and, most importantly, you will learn how to create user interfaces for Android applications, one of the important aspect for creating real-world apps.
3. Introduction to Android Development
I am a big fan of John Sonmez, especially after reading his book on Soft Skills. He has also created a lot of introductory courses on Pluralsight which are great to start with a new technology or skill like Android.
This course covers beginner level Android development from the perspective of a .NET developer, but as a Java developer, I found it equally useful.
In this course, you will learn to create a simple multi-screen Android application that can utilize menus and preferences and learn to deploy that application to the Android marketplace.
The best part of this course is that you can get it for free if you sign-up for 10-day free trial, which is enough to complete this course and start with Android.
4. Android Beginner Series: Just Enough Java
This is another Android course by John Sonmez written particularly for Java developers on Pluralsight platform. In this course, you will learn how to create a real Android application using Java and Eclipse, one of the most popular IDEs among Java developers.
This course will teach you both Java and Android at the same time. You will learn the basics of Java and Android while you create a real-life Android application.
By the way, this course is the third course in a 4 part series on beginning Android development, but you don't need to watch the other courses to understand this one.
The courses start off covering everything you need to know about getting set up to develop an Android application in Java using Eclipse.
Then you will create a NoteTaker application step by step and learn Java concepts along the way.
If you are looking for a new and fun way to learn Java while building an Android application, or you are just looking to maximize your time, by learning two topics at the same time, this course might be just what you are looking for
5. Android Oreo and Android Nougat App Masterclass Using Java
One of the important aspects of Android is that it is changing really fast. Every year you will see a new version of Android coming up with better functionality, security, and integration.
Hence, it's not just important for a Java /Android developer to learn Android but to also keep themselves updated with the latest development in the Android world and this course is to update yourself with the newer version of Android like Android Oreo and Nougat.
More than 26,086 students have already been enrolled in this course and I found it ideal for someone looking to upgrade their Android skills.
You can also take this course if you are starting fresh, it's always better to start with the latest Android version whenever you start learning Android.
That's all about some of the best courses to learn Android for Java developers. Android OS is the most popular OS for smartphones and there is a lot of demand for Java developers who have experience in developing Android Apps; the only thing is that Android is moving so fast, a new version is released every year.
Hence, it's very important for every Java or Android programmer to keep themselves updated. These courses will not only help you to learn Android from Scratch but also update your skill to new Android versions.
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