I've Decided to Attempt to Build an Android App

Today I’ve finally decided that I wanted to learn how to make Android applications (apps) from scratch, and thought it would be good to document my journey from nothing (as an Android app developer) to hero or bust, or somewhere in between.
I’m not going to spend a whole lot of time telling you about myself, specially since you can learn more than you want to know in the about me section. The one thing I will tell you is that I run my own web consulting business, manage over two dozen websites, have an 8 month old baby at home and a full time job (40+ hours a week).
If you haven’t figured it out, the reason I’m sharing this with you, is that time is precious and limited, which is the case with many people. With all the things I’ve mentioned above, I’ve managed to dedicate about 30-60 minutes a day, 5 days a week, to this project.
Ideally my time will be spent between 7 am and 8 am Eastern Time since I’m based in Montreal, Quebec.
If you know me, or have read any of my past posts, you know I have been a BlackBerry user and enthusiast for a long time, and that hasn’t changed, however my current phone is a Samsung Galaxy S3 running Android, and until BB10 comes out and I can see how it compares, that won’t change since I’ve never been happier with any electronic device I’ve ever owned than I am with the S3.
I have ideas for about a dozen Android apps, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself, I’m really not in a rush.
I’m so not in a rush, that I’m going to go through Google’s training for Android Development, I’ve downloaded the SDK (Software Development Kit) which is included in the ADT (Android Developer Tools) Bundle for Windows, it’s about 389 MB.
That’s it for today, tomorrow the real work starts, and I will be back with an update on what I’ve done and how it’s going. Feel free to try and do this with me, and keep me posted on your thoughts, suggestions and questions in the comments, or by contacting me.

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  1. I wonder how you find time for this new challenge but it sounds exciting.
    Hope to hear from you soon.

  2. It was really impressive and hope it will be successful.

  3. Good job, Jamie! Kudos to you for trying something new and difficult! 🙂
    I hope you do well in your learning and creating journey…I’m sure you’ll make some incredible new app that will be the cat’s meow!
    Have fun and keep us updated on the journey!

  4. Oops! Sorry Jamie, just realized that this blog post is old! Well, my previous comment still stands, except that I hope that you DID make some incredible app!
    And if you didn’t, and gave up, than go ahead and try again, because the only way to succeed is to try. 🙂

  5. Hi Jamie,
    Hope your endeavor with Android app is going well.
    Liked your blog overall.

  6. I wonder how the app went? I’d love to hear the end result…
    I think it’s awesome you’re using the Google training to get it right. So many apps are so buggy.
    It also seems like the Android market is bigger than iPhone and cheaper sign up.

  7. I’ve dabbled in both the Android and the iOS app market and let me tell you that neither are easy. In fact, it’s extremely competitive, but just don’t let it get the best of you! It’s true that Android is easier to get into, and although there is much more competition, a lot of it is bad content, so anyone with a little bit of creativity and hard work can get it started! With you lots of luck!

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