Intro to Mobile Application Development using Android

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Intro to Mobile Application Development using Android

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The course will introduce you to the basics of the Android platform, Android application components, Activities and their lifecycle, UI design, Multimedia, 2D graphics and networking support in Android.

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In this class you’ll learn about the mobile application development landscape, using Android as the platform. Along the way, we will learn to use Android Studio, the integrated development environment (IDE) for Android apps. This course is intended for students who have some prior programming experience. The course will introduce you to the basics of the Android platform, Android application components, Activities and their lifecycle, UI design, Multimedia, 2D graphics and networking support in Android.

This course covers the following topics:

  • Android platform and the Android Studio IDE
  • Android components, Activities and their lifecycle, Intents
  • UI Design: Widgets and Layouts, UI Events, Event Listeners
  • 2D graphics: Canvas/Drawing using a view
  • Multimedia: Audio playback and MediaPlayer
  • Network support: AsyncTask, HttpURLConnection

What you’ll learn

  • Describe the basic components of an Android application.
  • Define the lifecycle methods of Android application components.
  • Describe the basics of event handling in Android.
  • Describe the basics of graphics and multimedia support in Android.
  • Demonstrate basic skills of using an integrated development environment (Android Studio) and Android Software Development Kit (SDK) for implementing Android applications.
  • Demonstrate through a simple application the understanding of the basic concepts of Android.

Institution: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, via edX

Time Commitment: 6 weeks, 3-5 hours a week

Prerequisites: Basics of Java programming