Top Resources to Learn Android

The mobile application market is exploding and Android is ruling over it. We don’t think that we need to explain its importance in your daily life and day to day mobile uses. So let’s talk about Mobile App Programming. Here are some best Android books, Online tutorials, and Courses that will help you learn Android.

Top Books For Android Development

1.Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (Big Nerd Ranch Guides)

(By: Bill Philips & Brian Hardy )

Bill Philips and Brian Hardy offer hands-on tips for practical Android development. The book starts with basic steps involved in learning android development and progresses in an excellent manner. The book is written in a conversational style and feels like a personal tutor. Beginners can test their development skills with the exercises given at the end of every chapter.

2.Android Design Patterns: Interaction Design Solutions for Developers

(By: Greg Nudelman )

Being a mobile environment specialist, Greg Nudelman has provided practical tips for an amazing user experience. This book is more suited for advanced level android developers and covers best UI practices for mobile app development. It helps you understand the patterns that you should avoid in development and effective strategy for app development for multiple devices.

3.Android User Interface Design: Turning Ideas and Sketches into Beautifully Designed Apps

(By: Ian G. Clifton )

The author of the book, Ian G. Clifton, explains the importance of an excellent User Interface Design and tips to distinguish your apps from your competition. This book is suitable for both beginner-level and high-end android developers. It explains what most of the books avoid i.e. steps to write a UI for complex apps.

4.Android Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach

(By: Dave Smith & Jeff Friesen )

It is one of the most extensive books available on android development because of the live code examples used in every concept. The book includes a detailed understanding of android architecture and different android-APIs. This book will benefit experienced developers in learning efficient development practices such as use of external libraries, use of Android NDK (to boost app performance), and tips to develop different types of apps.
5.Hello, Android: Introducing Google’s Mobile Development Platform (Pragmatic Programmers)

(By: Ed Burnette )

Any beginner android developer needs to understand Google’s android development process. This book will guide you through Google android development starting with simple apps and progressing towards applications that are more complex. The book keeps you on fast-track development and you can start developing your apps within few days. It will help you setup a development environment and explain every single concept with examples.

Android Development Courses

  • Android Application Development | The New Boston
    • Series of YouTube videos on Android, around 200 videos are available.

  • Vogella | Android Development
    • Tutorial is available on Android, good for both beginners and professional.
  • Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems
    • This course introduces you to the design and implementation of Android applications for mobile devices. You will develop an app from scratch, assuming a basic knowledge of Java, and learn how to set up Android Studio, work with various Activities and create simple user interfaces to make your apps run smoothly.
  • Simplified Coding
    • You can able to find latest code using for android application development.
  •  Android Development Cheatsheet
    •  A compilation of the resources that Android Developer Ryan Park used to teach himself Java, Android and create his first published app in the Google Play Store.
  •  Android Tutorials: For Apps & Game Development(Cornboyz)
    • A collection of 30+ excellent videos that teaches you how to create Android Apps geared towards absolute beginners.
  •  App Inventor For Android (MIT)
    • If you have no programming knowledge and you still want to try your hand at creating an Android app, then MIT’s App Inventor is designed for you.
  • Android Course (YouTube Playlist)
    • 11 videos and over 11 hours of instruction from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology professor Dave Fisher on Android development.

  • CS193a Android Programming(Stanford University)
    • The resources for a Android programming course taught Stanford University (unfortunately the video lectures are not included).

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