Nanodegree: Android App Development Coursework from Google

Now learn the fundamentals of Android app development from Google. At I/O developer conference in San Francisco, Google announced the launch of Android Nanodegree, an online Android learning course in collaboration with Udacity. This crash course in Android app development provides in-depth insight into the entire lifecycle of Android app development.


With coursework coming directly from Google, Nanodegree is probably the best option if you are serious about enhancing your skillset as Android developer. The central idea behind this online course is to help developers move to the next level to the point that they could be hired by Google. The online curriculum is developed by teaming up with several leading tech organizations that use Android and know what counts the most than others. Android Developer Nanodegree program helps students have a portfolio of projects by the end of the course.

Why do you need Nanodegree?

Android operating system is growing at a rapid pace. The ecosystem of Android devices transcends beyond smartphones to tablets, phablets, and household appliances. Android Nanodegree will prepare you to embrace the Android platform, master the technology and become a brain behind ubiquitous cloud computing.

Prerequisites and Requirements

This online coursework will take a beginner-level programmer 9 months or longer to complete with estimated 10 hours per week on the coursework.

Programming Experience Necessary

Student needs prior experience in web or mobile application development in Java or object-oriented programming language.

But if you don’t meet the criteria, Udacity recommends students to take its Android Development for Beginners course, also built in collaboration with Google. It is important to learn foundational Java programming concepts prior to enrolling in Nanodegree program.

Technical Requirements & Skillset

In order to submit projects on GitHub, students must have a GitHub handle and know how to share code prior to enrolling.

It is mandatory to install Android Studio on your machine to complete Nanodegree projects.

Here are few advantages of Nanodegree:

Nanodegree is designed for busy people. This course can be completed online in tandem with your current job. This course can be completed in 6-12 months.

Developers can learn with real-life projects and create what potential employers actually want

Earn a Nanodegree credential at the completion of program and learn the most relevant skills that meet company’s hiring needs.

Be a part of Android Community

Just like Udacity’s other degree programs, students can access video content for free. However, if students desire to become a part of community, get access to teaching assistants and a certificate, they will have to pay a fee.


Nanodegree program costs $200/month for a 12 month course. Yeah. You need to be ready to pay a hefty price for the coursework. However, Udacity is planning to refund 50% of the tuition costs for students graduating within one year of enrollment.

Students can finish this course according to their schedule and pace. It could take anywhere between six to 12 months.

Nanodegree Courses
  • Developing Android Apps: Learn fundamentals of Android and best practices of Android app development.
  • Advanced Android App Development: This coursework will help you create production-ready apps for users and guide through process of publishing your app.
  • Google Play Services: Learn use of Google APIs for optimum performance of apps.
  • Gradle for Android and Java: Build automation and continuous delivery of software.
  • Android Design for Developers: Apply Google’s material design to your Android apps.
  • Android Ubiquitous Computing: Extend your app’s reach to Android Wear, Google Cast, Android TV, and Android Auto.

So what are your thoughts on Nanodegree? Are you ready to pay $200 per month to get credential that might improve you to market yourself better or improve your chances of landing your dream job? Let us know your views.

Ethan Samuel

I am Web Analyst I love to analyse the web for the betterment of businesses and providing information to my blog reader. I love to write about trending technologies, specially mobile technologies.


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