As the first course in the Android Developer Nanodegree, Developing Android Apps is the foundation of our advanced Android curriculum. This course blends theory and practice to help you build great apps the right way. In this course, you'll work with instructors step-by-step to build a cloud-connected Android app, and learn best practices of mobile development, and Android development in particular.
Why Take This Course?
With over 1 billion Android devices already activated, Android represents an incredible opportunity for developers.
As Android continues to grow beyond smartphones, it will become the brains behind invisible, ubiquitous cloud-connected computing. The skills you learn in this course will help you build awesome apps for smartphones and tablets today, and propel you towards exciting opportunities in Android's future.
By the end of this course, you’ll build a cloud-connected Android app, and understand the tools, principles, and patterns that underlie all Android development. You’ll understand the challenges associated with developing for the mobile environment (and how to overcome them), learn how to build a great user experience for Android devices, and apply this knowledge to your own projects.
Creating Project Sunshine
Learn how to create and run a simple Android app
Create simple layouts for Android
Learn about the Android Studio IDE
Loading Data from the Internet
Connect to the Internet and communicate with web APIs
Learn about threading and how to make requests without slowing down your app
Learn how to add menus to your app
Learn about the components that convert a list of data into visual UI elements
Learn the difference between Explicit and Implicit Intents.
Learn how to navigate inside your apps using intents.
Learn how to create Intents that apps outside your control can respond to.
The Application Lifecycle
Understand the phases of the Android application lifecycle.
Learn how to persist data between orientation and other changes.
Allow users to customize some aspects of your app
Consider when to omit or add a preference
Creating SQLite Databases
Implement a SQLite database
Make queries to and modify that database in your app
Introduction to Content Providers
Learn how Content Providers provide an interface to share data
Consume data from an already existing ContentProvider