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Recently, a number of our readers have been expressing an interest in Android app development, so we’ve taken to the web to see what kinds of online courses are available.

It turns out there are quite a few, and that makes sense. “The future is mobile,” as they say, and apps power the mobile industry. It’s no surprise that millions of people are interested in learning how to build their own apps for fun and profit.

But how can you tell the gifted teachers from the dull-as-hell ones?

“Tim Buchalka” was a name that started cropping up quite a bit in our searches, so we decided to give one of his classes a spin. Here’s our review of his “Learn Android App Development with Java Step by Step” on Udemy.

What you’re getting

Buchalka’s class is a comprehensive Android development course featuring over 70 hours of video and 405 lectures. There are currently over 40,000 students enrolled.

In this digital classroom, you’ll learn essentially everything you need to go from codeless scrub to competent app developer including:

  • Java basics
  • Android app development best practices
  • Basic app development
  • YouTube integration
  • Optimization for latest OS version
  • Json parsing
  • Layout
  • Design language
  • Activity navigation
  • Game development
  • Basics of Game Design
  • User accounts/login
  • How to upload your app on the Google Play Store
  • How to market your app

The course won’t make you a hacking wizard or anything. However, if you’re standing around with zero programming knowledge and want to get into the app game, this might just be the course for you.

About Buchalka

A course is really only ever as good as its teacher, because the wrong personality can make even the best material a chore to get through. Let’s take a look at Tim Buchalka.

Buchalka has a background in professional software development, which makes him somewhat unique. Many of the instructors we considered when we started looking at app development courses didn’t actually have professional experience.

Buchalka has been programming for over thirty years. Part of the focus of his course is to provide sufficient enough skills that students can actually build a career out of it. An unexpected perk is that he offers advice to that end in his teaching.

Jean-Paul Roberts also helps out with this course to a lesser extent than Buchalka. Roberts also has thirty years programming experience and makes his living as a self-employed app developer.

Things we like about Buchalka:

  • He’s clear and straightforward with his language
  • Occasionally humorous, but not in a way that pads the coursework or feels forced
  • Active in course forums and responsive to outreach
  • Incredibly detail oriented
  • Obviously very familiar with the course material
  • Explains complicated things in easy language.

Things that could have been improved upon:

  • Occasionally too detail oriented. Those of us who were more familiar with the basics of programming sometimes found ourselves skipping ahead.
  • Although his expertise in the subject matter is appreciated, there were a few times when Buchalka assumes a step or two of knowledge which may require some induction on the part of the student.

Depending on how adept of a learner you are, Buchalka’s pacing may be a concern. He’s very articulate, but he tends to expect you to grasp ideas the first or second time around, whereas some of us tended to need a little more time to wrap their heads around concepts. Since you can easily rewind the videos for a recap, this wasn’t a substantial concern for most of us, but it’s still worth mentioning.

Is this course for you?

If you’re already a skilled programmer or career software developer, move right along. Honestly, baseline competent programmers are probably more than equipped to do without Buchalka’s coursework.

However, if you have little to no java experience and are looking for a leg up, then this might be a pretty worthy consideration. The course offers you competency without promising you the stars while still providing ample career-building advice for those who wish to make their Android apps more than just a hobby.

Pros

Honestly, this course has a ton going for it. The content is straightforward and clear, and there’s no hidden costs or gimmicks. 

Buchalka is very good about providing his readers with the kind of content they need to get off the ground, and although he may be occasionally prone to assume you’re learning faster than you actually are, he’s still available in the forums to provide live feedback on any problems you encounter.

Basically, the course offers what it says on the cover and even a little bit extra (via the career input and marketing advice) and it moves at a pace that doesn’t overwhelm most students.

Cons

If you’re in that unfortunate realm of knowing a handful of programming but you fall short of mastering it, then much of Buchalka’s coursework in the first few sessions will be tedious. He starts with the basics and moves very carefully forward, with each teaching project building on the last.

Buchalka moves at a pace that assumes you’re an agile learner, so if you need repetition to master objectives, then expect to be hitting that rewind icon a few times. If you’re a quick learner, then this probably won’t be a concern.

How to sign up

Buchalka’s program currently has almost 4,000 reviews which have netted him a 4.5+ star ranking on Udemy. Of the lecturers we’ve surveyed, he genuinely feels like the real deal.

The information provided in his coursework coaches you through simple apps in the beginning, but ultimately concludes with you developing full-scale apps that have the potential for serious monetization.

This comprehensive course usually runs for the price of $170, but we’ve partnered with the creators to create a deal that knocks over 90% off the original price tag.

Right now, Android Authority readers are able to scoop up Buchalka’s program for a mere $10, rather than the original price. That’s all 405 lectures and 72 hours of video tutorials from an industry professional for just ten bucks. Use the promo code UDMY10ALL to take advantage of this, or just click the button below.

If you’re interested in learning how to get involved in the Android community, then now may be your chance. Get your app idea out into the world!

Start Developing!

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Honor is in the process of making an American invasion. The subbrand of the Chinese company Huawei has long had its eyes on the US market, but has previously not been able to get their foot in the door. All that appears to be changing with the Honor 8, which is now available.

The Honor 8 is a promising device that brings near-flagship tier specs to your fingertips at a fraction of the price of its competitors. The phone hopes to go toe-to-toe with the likes of big hitters like Samsung and Apple. Whereas grabbing a cutting edge smartphone from these companies will set you back $700 to $900, the Honor 8 is available for just around half that much.

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Sure, you’re not getting the absolute best technology available, but many smartphone buyers have started seeing diminishing returns on investing in the latest and greatest. When the first iPhone rolled out, it sold for 600 bucks, but now Walmart sells a device that out-specs it for $10. The cost of smartphone components has plummeted even as the technology is rapidly improving, so now it’s easy to scoop up near-flagship quality without breaking the bank.

As if that $400 price tag wasn’t alluring enough, Honor is having a limited-time promo in celebration of the launch that gives you $50 off your purchase of an Honor 8 device. Just use the coupon code H8PREREG when you check out.

Honor is having a limited-time promo in celebration of the launch that gives you $50 off your purchase of an Honor 8 device.

What are your thoughts regarding the Honor 8? Does it have the right specs and price points to coax you away from high budget flagship models? Click the button below to check it out, and let us know your opinion in the comments!

Get the Honor 8 Huawei honor 8-5Next: Honor joins the ‘flagship killer’ fray with the US-bound Honor 848

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Today Sprint announced the launch of their Unlimited Freedom Premium plan, a plan that’s pretty obviously supposed to make up for the heinous restrictions that plagued their previous “unlimited” approach to data. Although Sprint will still throttle you on this plan, the rate at which they do it will be much less than before.

For instance, you can now stream videos at up to 1080p resolution. The previous package would cap you out at 480p. What’s more is that music streaming is actually pretty reasonable, flowing to your ears at 1.5 Mbps. For most users, that’s enough not to even really notice the effects of throttling.

Sprint logoSee also: On the coattails of T-Mobile, Sprint also launches a (dubious) ‘unlimited’ plan10

Gaming data will be capped at 8 Mbps. This is up from the 2 Mbps of the plan’s predecessor, but frankly still isn’t a whole lot for hardcore gamers.

Sprint’s plan comes in response to T-Mobile’s similar approaches to data. The “Uncarrier” has been approaching the way they bill for data in a variety of aggressive ways that are kind of forcing other carriers to offer similar solutions or risk losing subscribers to Magenta.

Check out the full details of the plan by heading over to Sprint’s announcement page. Do you think this plan is worth the $80 price tag for a single line? Is this the kind of service you’re looking for with Sprint? Let us know your take in the comments below!

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Previous Note users who jumped on Samsung’s newest phablet powerhouse may have noticed, upon ejecting the S Pen, that note management of your different inputs has changed. This is because Samsung has simplified the experience, and consolidated all the note-taking functions into one app – Samsung Notes. Before, different use cases were separated between Action memo, S Note, Scrapbook, and Memo apps.

note-7-s-penSee also: Note-worthy: Taking a closer look at the new S Pen9

Apart from being simpler on the user (i.e. tabbing between available tools instead of switching apps), having a one-stop note app allows for some nifty integration between different kinds of content. For instance, users can merge a drawing, text, and voice recording into a single note creation. Samsung integrated a way for the app to detect the type of content and adjust its size based on the grid-style interface of the home screen, making it easier to visualize or share.

Samsung Notes doesn’t just improve management but enhances note capabilities as well. The text input now supports check boxes, bullets, numbering, and font colors. It has handwriting recognition, if you prefer to write out your notes, and the app’s search feature can detect handwritten notes. On the drawing side of things, Samsung Notes sports seven types of specialized drawing brushes.

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This is all dandy, but what if you’re sticking with your current Note a bit longer? Fortunately, Samsung has stated that the new Samsung Notes app will be carried over to other Note devices ‘in the near future’. That’s a little vague – we don’t know how far back the support will reach or how soon that means, but at least it’s something. Do older Note owners want to get in on the Samsung Notes action, or is it not a big deal for you?

Last week, Honor and Samsung both released new smartphones, and each device had a similar new method for trying to improve battery life, but not cripple the overall experience. Read more…

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Sony pulled an interesting move at the start of the year by dumping its long-standing Xperia Z line for the new Xperia X. What’s more, it was a whole lineup of essentially three of the same phones (Xperia XA, Xperia X, and Xperia X Performance), with the same 5″ screen sizes but tweaked specs. Admittedly, it was too quiet of a launch in the midst of the highly competitive Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, LG G5, and HTC 10. Nor is it helpful that Sony is still not fully investing in the US market, and for some odd reason, continues to leave out the fingerprint scanner from the US variants.

Sony Xperia X Performance-17See also: Sony is taking sign ups for a Xperia X Performance Android 7.0 beta2

Still, Xperia fans may nonetheless be interested in what Sony has in store for the Fall. All we’ve had to hold us over is the large Xperia XA Ultra and a leak of what looks like an upcoming flagship, only known as its model name “F8331”. But we now have a clearer picture of what’s to be, thanks to a catch from Sony’s Czech website – listings for an Xperia X Compact and Xperia XZ. Unfortunately, that’s all that the website spills; no specs. But we can deduce that Sony will follow its historic trend of releasing phones of varying sizes. We don’t know if the Xperia XZ is the F8331 model that was leaked, but chances are that they’re related.

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That’s not all we have. The renowned leakster, Evan Blass (@evleaks), managed to snag a snap of the Xperia X Compact. And what do you know, it looks a lot like the front of the F8331. As a reminder, Sony is expected to have a press conference right before IFA 2016 kicks off, on Sept. 1st at 1pm (Berlin time). Hopefully, we’ll get the scoop on the newest Xperia X phones then.

Xperia X Compact leak by Evan Blass (@evleaks)

Xperia X Compact leak by Evan Blass (@evleaks)

Anyone who was underwhelmed with the initial Xperia X lineup looking forward to see what the second try will be? Do you think Sony’s design is tired or just fine? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! Hopefully the company has some tricks up its sleeve to help the new phones stand out, and more competitive pricing (though, that seems far-fetched for Sony).

Next: Sony voices Xperia Android Nougat rollout plan

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As is the case with any other piece of software, Google has decided to ditch some interesting ingredients that were previously available in early versions Android Nougat. A navigation bar is one such ingredient that got left on the cutting room floor, so you can’t taste it in the latest version of the mobile OS… well, unless you have a Nexus 6P.

The nav bar customizer gives you the tools to move and remove buttons or add new ones. You can also set the spacing for buttons and adjust icon size. There are options for the Clipboard and Keycode, although they don’t seem working in the nav bar customizer’s current form.

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The Clipboard option is supposed to let you drag and drop content in and out of a shortcut in the nav bar. The Keycode option was designed to let you bind keyboard keys to another nav bar shortcut, so you can just press a button in the nav bar to emulate predetermined keys on the keyboard.

The Clipboard and Keycode features’ apparent lack of functionality would help explain why the nav bar customizer was either cut entirely or punted to another Nougat release down the line. However, if you own a Nexus 6P and are comfortable flashing your device, you can visit this thread at XDA Developers forum to get a mod for both the nav bar customizer and the axed Night Mode.

And for those of you interested in Night Mode, you may not need a Nexus 6P to run it. There’s an app that’s has had moderate success (so far) in bringing the feature back.

So what are your thoughts on Nougat’s tabled or terminated nav bar? Do you think we might see this and other features fleshed out and unlocked in a maintenance release or the next version of Android? Sound off in the comments!

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Recently, we got to see what is allegedly the front of the highly-anticipated LG V20. The upcoming smartphone is back again: this time, caught in the wild. As you can see, although the photo is a bit blurry, the design matches with Evan Blass’ leak yesterday and the renders we brought to you exclusively earlier this month. Unfortunately, however, apart from the second ticker display, we can’t tell much from the leaked photo.

We got our first exclusive look at some renders of the device earlier this month, and it seems like the V20 will share certain similarities with its cousin, the LG G5. Based on the images, it’s highly likely that the V20 will feature a dual-lens set up and have a dedicated button for modules just like the G5.

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Today’s leak aligns well with previous leaks, so what you see right here could be the real deal. There are few things, however, that are confirmed. We know that the V20 will be the first phone to run the all new Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Google recently confirmed this with the launch of Android Nougat.

LG announced that the V20 would be the first smartphone with a Quad DAC from ESS Technology. As we reported earlier, this is most likely to be the company’s latest ES9218 SoC component: a 32-bit stereo channel DAC with support for 384 kHz PCM and DSD512 data, analog volume controls, and a built-in headphone amplifier.

The Korean electronics giant also revealed that the company will continue to work with Bang & Olufsen. The LG V20 will feature the “best-in-class audio functions developed in partnership with B&O” and will include a “special pair of B&O PLAY earphones,” according to LG. Indeed, it sounds like the LG V20 will put a huge emphasis on multimedia – video and audio, to be more specific – just like its predecessor. LG’s new flagship is set to be unveiled early next month in San Francisco, so stay tuned for our coverage.

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Will you be buying the LG V20 when it launches? Will this be the saving grace for LG? Let us know by commenting below!

Garmin is launching three luxury smartwatches that pack in a number of activity tracking features with a high-end look for those who want something beyond some of the arguably bland looking smartwatches watches out there.

The Fenix Chronos is squarely in the luxury category, with a $1,499 price tag for the most high-end titanium model. By the looks of the design and overall aesthetic it will sit well on the wrist of someone dressed up for a day at the office or an evening out, though it contains enough fitness and tracking capabilities under the hood to make it a suitable companion for a many different types of physical activity.

Garmin says the watch contains an exceptional number of tracking services that go beyond most smartwatches. There’s an altimeter, barometer, compass, and a navigation system to help you find your original starting point if you wander too far off the beaten path. Garmin has also built in specific software to track the details for golf, biking, swimming, and other sports.

All three versions of the watch have a “high-strength and scratch-resistant” sapphire lens with a 1.2-inch Chroma Display™ with LED backlighting. Additionally, the watches include a  10 ATM (100m) water rating. You’ll get around 13 hours of battery life if it’s firing on all tracking cylinders, with 25 hours in battery-saving mode.

If you’re tempted to opt for this rather sophisticated but pricey smartwatch, it’s available from Garmin today. Along with the titanium option, you can get a model with a leather band for $899 and a steel band for $999.

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Earlier in the month we received our first exclusive look at some leaked renders of the upcoming LG V20. Now Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, can offer us a shot of what appears to be the V20 in the wild – this time in black.

The image above seems to match the renders rather well, although it is a little bit tricky because of the different angles. The top speaker grill, front facing camera position, secondary ticker display, and the volume rockers on the left hand side are all accounted for. Presumably the blurred out parts of the screen are there to help protect his source.

Unfortunately this picture doesn’t show us anything about the possibly modular nature of the LG V20. The leaked renders show a button on the bottom right to detach modules just like the G5, but there aren’t any visible clues in this picture. It’s also not clear what the mysterious “In Apps” icon is for either.

There’s still a lot left to learn about the V20, but LG and Google have confirmed that the handset will be the first to launch with the new Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. The company has also been teasing a new high performance DAC, and Bang & Olufsen is also back on board to produce headphones for the handset.

LG V20 Android 7.0 Nougat coming soonSee also: B&O Play renews collaboration with LG for premium audio on the V209

The LG V20 is scheduled to launch on September 6th at an event taking place in San Francisco. That leaves just two weeks left to wait until we know all of the juicy details about LG’s next supersized flagship.

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