How to Become an Android Developer

Want to learn how to become an Android developer? Read on to learn the steps for how to get started and to build your first app.


Wondering what you need to do to become an Android developer? Look no further. Learn everything you need to know about Android developer skills, Android developer salary, and how to become an Android developer.



Why Become an Android Developer?

According to Udacity, “There are now 1.4 billion active Android devices in the world and Android dominates the smartphone market with 82% global market share.”


There is an abundance of opportunity out there to become an Android developer with so many Android phones in the world. Moreover, since app development can be done from any computer, it is possible to work from anywhere in the world. You are also helping to build the future as society moves into a more digital, technological world.


The Android developer salary is an average of $74,342, according to Glassdoor, just another great perk to becoming an Android developer.



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One job perk of being an Android app developer is the ability to freelance. This is one way to gain experience by working for smaller organizations. But if the more stable route is your preferred option, you could work as a Junior Android Developer, an Android Developer, or a Lead Android Developer in a company, according to Udacity.


As an Android developer you learn valuable skills. Here are some of the most important ones according to General Assembly. Some skills you’ll learn include: how to use Java and understanding XML, learning how to use the Android SDK (Software Development Kit), and Android Studio. These skills will not only be useful in creating an Android app, but these skills are also transferable to other jobs in the computer science field as well.



Why Android over Apple?

First of all, there are more Android users then Apple users in the world.


Second of all, apps designed for the Apple Store can only be used on iPhones and iPads, whereas the Google Play Store apps can be downloaded on any Android device.


Right there you will have a wider audience for your new, innovative app. The Tool has an excellent breakdown comparison between Apple and Android app development that includes information on Programming Language, Integrated Development Environment, UI Patterns, and other differences between the two.



How to Get Started

Ready to begin your journey of Android development? Below are some tips to guide you through developing your very first Android app.



The Fundamentals


First things first, learn the fundamentals. If you don’t already know how to code, learn to code. If you are starting from scratch, you may begin learning how to code with Codecademy, a free learn-to-code website.


Let’s say you are a little more advanced, already know how to code, but want to find a course in becoming an Android developer specifically. There are courses out there. For example, Udemy has The Complete Android Developer Course: Beginner To Advanced and Udacity has Android Development for Beginners by Google.


Another option to explore if you are really interested in making Android app development a career is University of the People. We provide online degrees, taught by some of the best in the business, for a Bachelor’s or Associate in Computer Science. University of the People is a great option since it is tuition-free, accredited, and can be completed from anywhere in the world with completely online courses.


If self teaching through blogs is your path, compiled a list of the 10 App Development Blogs You Need to Read in 2018. These blogs include Android Developers Blog, Inside AdMod, and Android Authority just to name a few. Each of these blogs will provide you with loads of information to devour to help you understand Android app development.



Your Android App Development Toolbox


Hard Skills


Udacity has set forth a list of hard skills that need to be in your toolbox to become an Android app developer. Java and SQL are two important programming languages needed to build an Android app. Understanding Java will not only be beneficial for Android app development, but it will also be beneficial skill to have in the job market. It is the “most popular programming languages used by software developers today.” SQL will help you “organize the databases within Android apps.”


The Android Software Development Kit and Android Studio are two tools that are essential in developing an Android app. This is where you will write your code and there are pre-written codes in a library to help you as well.


The last hard skill for your toolbox is XML, which will help to describe data in your app.



Soft Skills


Udacity has also created a list of soft skills for your toolbox to become an Android app developer. First off is perseverance, the ability to keep going when things get tough or roadblocks appear.


Second is be able to collaborate with others. It is inevitable that at some point you will have to collaborate and work with another person or team.


Lastly, have the desire to keep learning. Technology is ever changing, so keep learning to keep up with the fast-pace environment of the programming world.


If you are still looking for more information on Android app development, check out the Android Developers site, your one-stop shop for everything in how to develop an Android app.



Get Comfortable


Techworld says to get “comfortable with the Android application programming interface or API.” The API is a “pre-made source code library and provides groups of classes or packages that enable developers to easily write in code.”


Along with the API, Techworld suggests getting comfortable with the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) and download it. The SDK will have everything you need, from a code editor, to an Android emulator, and even tools to test and debug your app.



Make Your Own App


Now is the time to take everything you’ve learned and mastered like Java and the API packages and use it. You are ready to build your own app. It’s time to start developing that idea you have into a real app.



Build Your Community


Medium suggests you find a community to join such as Devslopes to ask questions and learn from others. Devslopes has a forum called Code Q&A, where members can ask questions and engage in discussions about coding.


If you decide to pursue an Associate or Bachelor’s in Computer Science with University of the People, you will automatically have a built-in network of knowledgeable professors and students to help you on your journey of becoming an Android developer.



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Having a community to work with will allow you to ask questions and use your network as a sounding board. Your community will teach you how they would solve the issue at hand. Learning from others is a great tool to have.



Get Experience


It is also important to gain more experience to continue to grow as an app developer. Find trainings and workshops to go to in your area. Try using Course Horse to look these up or see what your local community college or community center has available.


Another idea for experience is to find an entry-level position or an internship if you are just starting out with programming.


Now that you understand what it takes to become an Android app developer, now is the time to learn those new skills (Java, SQL, XML) and get comfortable with new tools like the SDK and the API. Take everything that you learned and put it into the next hottest app that will be on everyone’s phone in the near future.




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