Google wants to help you become an Android developer, for free

If you’ve ever given any thought to becoming an Android developer, now is the time to chase that dream.

Over the course of the next week, Google is offering free access to a comprehensive Android development course offered through Udacity. Available in video format and taught by Google employees, the included lessons cover a variety of topics related to the company’s mobile OS, including multiscreen app development, user experience design and monetization through ads. There’s even a full lesson devoted to Material Design, and what it means in the context of a smartphone app.

By the end of the course, Google promises students will have a full portfolio of apps to show off. Best of all, the company says previous programming experience is not required.

“Android apps are everywhere, and learning to build them can be a fantastic career move. No programming experience? No problem!” says the company. “The skills you learn in this beginning Nanodegree program will accelerate your journey to becoming a working Android Developer.”

Students can pay for additional services like career counselling and coaching. Though the program comes with a one-week free trial, from that point on it will cost $199 USD ($253 CAD) per month.

Head over to the Udacity website to find out more about the program.