Google and Udacity have today announced the Android Basics Nanodegree, a new program to help people — namely, those with no previous development experience — learn the basics of creating applications for Android. The series of courses is developed by Udacity in collaboration with Google and allows students to work within the Android Studio at their own pace…

The best gifts for Android users

The courses that make up the nanodegree are all available online for free alongside Udacity’s paid services including project guidance, coaches, career counseling, and more.

With courses designed by Google, you can learn skills that are applicable to building apps that solve real world problems. You can learn at your own pace to use Android Studio (Google’s official tool for Android app development) to design app user interfaces and implement user interactions using the Java programming language.

The courses walk you through step-by-step on how to build an order form for a coffee shop, an app to track pets in a shelter, an app that teaches vocabulary words from the Native American Miwok tribe, and an app on recent earthquakes in the world. At the end of the course, you will have an entire portfolio of apps to share with your friends and family.

Once a user completes the ‘basics” course, they’ll be able to continue learning more about app development through the Career-track Android Nanodegree. The first 50 users to complete the Basics course will also have the chance to get a full scholarship for the Career-track course.

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