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Show — don’t tell. Being able to watch someone do something as they tell you what’s happening has been the way of conveying knowledge since before written language. Maybe that’s why how-to videos are so popular.

Yet when you have a half-billion people posting how-to videos, there will be more videos that suck than are successful. Let’s turn up the good and turn down the suck in this list of Android programming video tutorials on YouTube. If you want to see who my personal favourite is, you’ll have to stick it out to the end of the article.

If you’re just testing the waters, why not check out the general idea of what you need to learn to program an Android app So, You Want To Develop Android Apps? Here's How To Learn So, You Want To Develop Android Apps? Here's How To Learn After so many years, one would think that the mobile market is now saturated with every app imaginable to man - but that's not the case. There are plenty of niches that still need to... Read More and then get started on the videos.

The New Boston’s Android Tutorials

With over 200 Android videos on their YouTube channel, The New Boston is an excellent source for learning and development ideas. The videos are done by different people, so the visual and sound quality can vary pretty widely.  The information is pretty solid though, and reasonably well organized.

This channel may be better suited to someone who is a novice developer with a bit of programming experience, instead of someone who has never coded before. If you’ve never coded before, give the Google App Inventor a try A Quick Guide To Developing Android Apps With Google App Inventor A Quick Guide To Developing Android Apps With Google App Inventor Read More . No fancy coding is needed, but you can still put together some pretty impressive apps.

Android Developers

The YouTube home of Google’s own Android Developers is obviously going to be a well-produced and well-stocked channel of videos. They also provide different language versions, such as Japanese and Portuguese, of some videos.

There are some videos that take a look at Android development from a basic level, however this channel is better used as an adjunct to your learning, whether a newcomer or expert. There are plenty of videos to introduce new features being added to Android that a developer can make use of, plus general Android news.

Android Tutorial for Beginners

This collection of YouTube videos is brought to you by SlideNerd. SlideNerd only takes on teachers with great enthusiasm. That’s what makes these videos so engaging. They are well produced with decent sound and solid information. Even so, it’s definitely the passion for what SlideNerd does makes these videos popular.

If you like SlideNerd’s Android videos, you’ll also love their video tutorials on, well, everything else. Really? Everything? Okay, you asked for it:

How to Build an Android App

Presented by the folks from xda-developers.com, this series of videos takes you through the entire process of building an Android app in 5 videos. There are an additional 9 videos in the playlist that expound on Android development and introduce concepts such as Android app engineering, stopping people from hacking your app, and using the Google ADK with Arduino development.

An additional bonus is that the videos are supported by the xda-developers forum community. With over 5 million members, someone has to have the answer you’re looking for. Like SlideNerd, xda-developers also has plenty of tutorials on other types of development, but mostly focused on mobile platforms, like making apps for an iPhone How To Develop A Simple iPhone App & Submit It To iTunes How To Develop A Simple iPhone App & Submit It To iTunes Read More  or Windows phone You Need No Development Skills to Create Professional Windows Phone Apps You Need No Development Skills to Create Professional Windows Phone Apps App development on Windows Phone has been restricted to those with knowledge of programming – until now. With Windows Phone App Studio you can create your own apps – but what, exactly, can you do... Read More .

Android Online Training

Don’t have a lot of time to sit and watch videos? Android Online Training presents material in videos averaging about 5 minutes in length. With a clear voice and solid explanations, the 198 videos will take you through installing the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that you need to work in, to much more advanced concepts like voice recognition, and putting your new Android app on the market.

The only downside is that two videos are missing. Oh well. With the other YouTube videos in this article, you definitely won’t miss anything.

Android Development for Beginners

Yes, Derek Bana’s videos are my personal favourite. With a pleasant voice, well produced videos, and easy to follow lesson plans, Derek presents a complete series that will take you from getting the software needed to having a polished app in your hands.

The 26 videos in this series have been designed to stay mostly around the 30 minute mark. This is just about as long as the brain can take in really new information without tiring of the subject matter. Also, 30 minutes fits nicely into a lunch hour or mid-evening personal development session.

Time To Start Learning!

It’s great that there are so many people out there willing to share their hard earned knowledge about something they love to do. Many of these people are Android developers in their day jobs, so even though more people learning to program for the Android should work against their market value, they still want to share with you. How great is that?

Got a favourite video on Android programming? Is there another place for great videos that you know about? Did you learn something new from the sites shared? We’d love to read about it; after all, we’re all in this together.

  1. Vivz
    September 1, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Hello Guy M, thanks for listing slidenerd out there. This is Vivz, from slidenerd replying. We do what we can to make things simple, there is a still a long way to go to ensure that good quality tutorials are available on all programming languages where they not only teach the "how" behind everything but also, the "why". We are trying to raise funds to get more quality contributors who have the passion to teach and make other's lives easier, however we have been hitting one roadblock or the other so far :( If you can help in some way or aware of someone who can, be sure to let us know. Thanks in advance :) and let intelligence be the only keyword

  2. Guy M
    July 4, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Totally signing up for that. See you there Hans!

  3. Hans
    July 3, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    University of Maryland offers a free MOOC on Android development via Coursera.
    Next one starts 26 September 2014.
    https://www.coursera.org/course/android

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    July 1, 2014 at 2:41 pm

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    • Guy M
      July 4, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Pretty sure this comment is SPAM.

  5. Thiha B
    July 1, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Nice post! very useful for beginner... thanks bro

  6. Vaibhav G
    July 1, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I was just thinking to get started with the Android platform, thanks will check these out.

  7. John Wayne
    July 1, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Thanks but few of the videos are no longer available.

    • Guy M
      July 2, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      There are plenty more available at any of those channels.

    • Guy M
      July 2, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      The first channel listed, Android Online Tutorial, actually ripped the videos off from YouTuber thenewboston.
      You can find their videos here: The new boston Android tutorials.
      They have tutorials on just about every other programming language there as well. Great channel!

      Thank you to reader Chinmay for pointing this out, in an e-mail to me. Good call, Chinmay!

  8. Dom U
    June 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    thanks man been looking for something like this

  9. Guy M
    June 30, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    You're welcome! You should be able to put together a solid app in just a couple months following these videos.

  10. Aditya
    June 30, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Thanks Bro, Nice post i m looking for android development, this will be really helpful for me
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  11. Patrick B
    June 30, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks for the article and suggestions for videos. Was looking for something to do after summer school finishes at the end of July.

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