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Have an idea for an Android app but don't know how to develop it?

Ever wonder why there are so many cruddy apps out there? That's because apps are deceptively easy to create, but most people assume it's way harder than it is. This misconception is keeping thousands of potentially brilliant app creators from making their ideas a reality.
September 7, 2016

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Ever had a great idea for a mobile app?

Maybe you’ve got a gripping story and compelling gameplay, or maybe just helpful productivity app… but they’re just languishing in the basement of your mind.

You know people would love it, you know they would use it, but you don’t even know how to get started.

And what’s especially frustrating is that the bar is so, so low.

I mean, look around at the mobile app landscape. Although we try to point our readers to best apps available, for the most part it’s a trash heap of samey and recycled content.

And the most depressing thing is even that is making money.

Hell, 25-year-old John Hayward-Mayhew made nearly $1 million by just reskinning the same blackjack game and endless runner and then re-publishing them with over 600 different titles that were all essentially the same game.

And get this: John Hayward-Mayhew doesn’t even know how to code. That’s the level of competition in the app arena.

Even programmers only familiar with the absolute basics are finding ways to make money in creative or – frankly – idiotic ways.

Consider the Swedish developer Sven Karlsson. He created an app called “Nothing.”

It does nothing.

To date, he’s made $2 million from it.


The app, which was put together using only rudimentary coding abilities, simply displays the word “Nothing” on your screen. You can choose between four different colors if you’re feeling adventurous. He charges $.99 per download.

Karlsson’s app Yo simply sends the user a notification that says “Yo.”

It has been downloaded 160,000 times and has earned $1.2 million.

So not only are people making a killing writing junk apps, but also their abundance creates a backdrop of mundanity that’s so bland that the truly creative game and app makers shine like diamonds in the rough.

How did we come to this frustrating state of affairs?

Well, in a large part, the reason is that creating games and apps in Android is far easier than most people think it is.

Daunted by what appears to be a steep learning curve, potentially brilliant app developers are choosing to leave their ideas on the ground rather than create the games and apps we’re all waiting for.

One dev teacher is tired of it.

tim buchalka nougat app development

We recently met Tim Buchalka when our own Gary Sims interviewed him regarding his online Android development course.

Buchalka is a 30-year veteran of the industry who started writing games at the age of 18 for the Commodore 64. Now it’s his passion to help potential Android developers get over the hump and start bringing their ideas to life.

Right now, Buchalka is a full time instructor, but his previous roles in the tech world included programming positions where he mentored junior staff. He discovered that not only did he have a passion for teaching, but he also possessed a high degree of skill in it as well.

We recently reviewed one of Buchalka’s courses after we realized many of our readers were demonstrating a marked interest in learning how to code. We found him to be very detail-oriented and easy to understand, even if you don’t know the first thing about programming.

Buchalka has just released a brand new developers course that aims to bring students from total noob to master app developer in just around 6 weeks.

This step-by-step Android 7.0 developer course starts with the very basics, walking you through downloading and installing Google’s Android Studio.

You’ll learn:

  • Basic programming concepts
  • Java language
  • Layout on Android
  • Animation
  • Best design practices for app development
  • App-Web interface
  • Maps and Geolocation
  • Data storage and handling
  • User accounts and login
  • Sprites and gameplay elements
  • Bluetooth interaction
  • Android Wear development
  • How to submit your app to Google Play
  • Retooling your app for older versions of Android

That’s 177 lectures spanning 33.5 hours of video, all with captions in case English isn’t your first language. No previous programming experience is necessary.

Buchalka is also good about making himself available in the course forums, so even if you get lost or overwhelmed, he’s around to personally make sure you stay on track.

Over 3,156 students are already enrolled, but they paid a lot more for this course than our readers will. Normally, this course costs $195.

However, due to reader interest in Android development, we’ve partnered with Buchalka to secure a 92% discount. That means that Android Authority readers can snag this entire package for just $15.

Although the course is designed to be completed in just over six weeks, students receive lifetime access to all course material, so there’s no pressure to move beyond your own pace.

If you’re like us and you’re sick of all these crap apps in the Google Play Store, maybe now is the time to get your idea out of the starting gate.

Maybe you just have a labor of love in mind, but millions of people are making a career out of app development. Either way, we look forward to what you create.

This deal will only last until Saturday, September 10, so don’t delay! It’s never been cheaper or easier to start creating your own Android apps!

Click the button below or use the promo code 15ANDROIDN when you check out to take advantage of this offer.

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