Google and Udacity team up to offer free Android development course

by: Andrew GrushJuly 15, 2014

Earlier this year, the University of Maryland hosted a free online course for Android programming. If you didn’t take advantage of this opportunity but are interested in possibly learning more about Android development, you’ll be happy to know that Google has now teamed up with Udacity to bring you a free course called “Developing Android Apps: Android Fundamentals”.

The free course comes complete with videos, quizzes, course materials and a forum for discussing the class. The course is presented by Google Developer Advocates Reto Meier, Dan Galpin and Katherine Kuan and is designed to take you through how to make an Android app, step by step, while also providing the history of Android and its creation. For those already enrolled in Udacity’s paid subscription program, you’ll have the added bonus of receiving personalized feedback and guidance for the course.

So what do you need to do to get started? You’ll need to head over to Udacity and click “Start free trial” to access the full course for free. Keep in mind that in order to be successful in the course, you’ll already need a background in basic programming. Google also points out that in addition to the new free course, would-be Android developers should also check out Google’s existing Android developer documentation, samples and videos.

  • MasterMuffin

    These things ALWAYS require you to already know programming :/

    • TechTinker11

      Thats true. :/ But Udacity offers lots of courses including programming, some must be free.

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    • Mike Reid

      Best way to learn is to dive right in.

      If you need “training wheels”, try MIT’s (formerly Google’s) App Inventor (AI):

      I’ve been programming since the dawn of microprocessors, but I started learning Android with AI.

      I had also hoped that professional apps could be built easily and visually. They can’t, but AI is a good intro IMO.

      • MasterMuffin

        Online tutorials have never worked for me. I’m patient, I follow everything through and 30 minutes later I remember nothing.

        • PrioM ChowdhurY

          u also might learn from books and online research…and learn while coding….I always use all kinds of resource when get stuck somewhere! Hope this helps! Happy coding!!

  • notfree

    It’s not free, it’s a free trial.

    • TechTinker11

      It’s free if you can do it in 2 weeks. xD

      • Reto Meier

        If you choose “View Courseware” you can access everything (videos, quizzes, forums) for free forever. The free trial / paid version is for personalized tutoring and a certificate from Udacity.

        • TechTinker11

          Yeah I found that earlier.

  • Technician

    I think you need to check that video hyperlink at the end. It does send you to a androidDev channel, but not quite the one we are looking for

  • GeekThem

    #Google Udacity Course offers free Android App Development

  • Peter Cao

    — Sebastian Thrun, Udacity Co-founder, had collateralled with a criminal suspect named gabriele scheler in a series of fascism crimes starting from a Stanford campus atrocity case — Stanford police case number: IR #04-111-0335;Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler] — — attention to the 7 photo evidence to see how cruel people from this fascism circle are —, which led to the tragic death of an innocent Asian Stanford student, Thrun is not innocent in an unsuccessful plotted murder on me either and I have been cursed by fascism powers from Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler’s side for many years.

    — There is actually a war between fascism and anti-fascism, at this stage, fascism still prevails in our lives; Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler are just front figures we could see in a fascism circle, there is a whole pack of fascists behind them to cover up their crimes and to retaliate on victims

    • Mike Reid

      Say what ??

      Why don’t I just go ahead and invoke Godwins’ Law by saying “Hitler”, in response to way too many words starting with “fascis…”. Last time I saw so many was on pro-Russian sites railing against the Ukraine.

      • Peter Cao

        Dear Mike Reid,

        So, such fascism crimes have to be desciplined by laws, so those who had involved in such fascism crimes, such as Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler and the likes, have to be brought to justice; They can’t escape from it :)

      • Peter Cao

        Dear Mike Reid,

        So, you feel no mercy for the suffering of victims and the threatening victims got from such fascism crimes from Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler’s side, but you do feel righteousness for those fascists who had committed such horrible fascism crimes — “no mercy for the weakness” — that’s a fascism idiom and you are holding such a fascism idiom;

        Godwins’ Law according to my web search on wikipedia says: ““As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.” — do not apply in this case;

        What I stated are real happenings; I call them fascists because their retaliatory crimes had not only deprived my basic rights as a human being but also actually endangered human lives; and I believe that protecting human lives and their basic rights of living supersedes doing research or teaching or doing business;

        BTW, tensions in any other part of the world, such as in the middle east, or in Russian-Ukraine, are problems generated by a very different causes (e.g. religion), and I am sure they could not be used to excuse Thrun or Scheler’s fascism crimes;

        I didn’t challenge you, and I don’t know your relation with those fascists I challenged, so I’d not argue with you further; easy, be nice, and calm down :)

    • Peter Cao

      Regarding to a recent article on BusinessInsider — “The Inventor Of Google Glass Says It Could Outsource Our Brains” —

      — Sebastian Thrun is not the Google Glass Inventor; Here is a comment from an insider (not me) about Sebastian Thrun and the google glass technology which Thrun claimed to be its inventor


      Thrun is shamelessly taking credit for work done by others. In Germany, his native country, prof. Dickmanns already had fully autonomous, fast, self-driving cars (160km/h) in traffic in 1995, long before anybody else, and 10 years before Thrun’s team joined the fray by participating in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge for self-driving cars. And the DARPA objectives were not that hard to achieve, as quite a few teams were able to reach the goal. One of them was a financial services company that had never dabbled in robotics before. All of this is easy to verify. Or take the online courses of Udacity. In Germany, prof. Loviscach started online university lectures back in 2009, and got millions of clicks long before Thrun jumped on the train 3 years later. The award-winning prof. Vornberger published his popular videos already in 2002, even before the Khan Academy, currently the most visible mass education outfit. (Germany has a long tradition of distance teaching – Univ. Hagen with over 80,000 remote students has specialized on this for decades.) Even at Stanford, Thrun was not the first. His colleague prof. Andrew Ng, co-founder of Coursera, got hundreds of thousands of viewers for his youtube machine learning course, long before Thrun followed suit and put his own lecture online. Or take Google Glass. No wonder that prof. Babak Parviz, its creator, got miffed when Thrun started taking credit for that as well. More examples from Academia could be listed. If there is one recurring theme in Thrun’s carreer, it’s his (more or less subtle) attempts at festooning himself with achievements of others.


      Thrun was privileged by some tycoons in science field to take credit for works done by others; e.g., the person who had made primary contribution to the self-driving car project which built-up fame for Thrun, is a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, but his name disappeared later on while Thrun takes all the credit for the self-driving car project;

    • Peter Cao

      Answer to nontraditional001′s comment — “you might have a stronger argument if your cut back on the crazy” — from
      Dear nontraditional001,

      Appreciate that you’ve found some crazy issue here and thank you for your opinion;

      It is a tough task to challenge those fascists, which might make it look crazy;

      However, wouldn’t one agree that those bloody stripes on my legs in those 7 photo evidence are out of a crazy crime scene — — a harsh reality?

      Also, such a simple campus atrocity case with clear evidence and serious police investigation had been purposefully mystified later on, in favor of this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler, by some judicial officers (namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, etc.) who hided their identities from me for over 10 years, and this case had therefore induced more and more retaliatory fascism crimes; though I am a victim, my life has been underhandedly cursed by fascism powers behind Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler for these many years — what’s really going on here? — isn’t this fact much crazier?

      — One may find those things in my statements crazy to learn, but they are no more than facts; I am not the one who did crazy things, those fascists behind Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler did;

    • Peter Cao

      Answer to nontraditional001′s comment — “not convincing at all”—from http://t dot cn/RvFierc


      Dear Sir/Ms nontraditional001,

      Well, I bet there is at least a convincing police case number to start with:[Stanford police case number: IR #04-111-0335;Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler] — do you have any problem with that? Would you dare deny the brutality from Gabriele Scheler on my body as evidenced in those 7 photos?——

      If you want to have some credibility here, please show us your real identity in the first place;

      We are all made of human beings; you have your judgement, and we all have our own; Anybody with normal intelligence could easily figure out that there is something seriously wrong going on in this case; Would you be specific which part in my argument is ‘not convincing at all’? on what identity do you speak, after all?

      Your personal opinion out of a simple and arrogant argument of ‘not convincing at all’, under an insincerely disguised user name, are problems that make yourself ‘not convincing’ to anyone ‘at all’;

      — Would you please show us your real identity? I am eager to learn;

    • Peter Cao

      For Sebastian Thrun and the likes, you don’t want to threaten another person’s life with the death of student from your own school. You don’t want to terrorize your school boss with the killing of student from your own school; and you don’t want to plot murder on victims of your fascism crimes; That’s absolutely unforgivable. You never feel regret of what your side had done, and that make it even more unforgivable of you;

    • Aadil

      Why have you come online and on this post to say this?
      You cant possibly go on every forum regarding udacity and google for this.

      • Peter Cao

        “Why have you come online and on this post to say this? ”
        — because everyone has the right to know;

        “You cant possibly go on every forum regarding udacity and google for this.”
        — good idea;

  • LoriEHutcherson

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  • Preben Nielsen

    The course IS NOT FREE ! You can, however, get a free 2 week trial.

    After the two weeks it’s $150/month