Last Updated: August 16th, 2012

I've written more than a few of these giveaways for products covering just about every aspect of Android development, and written by dozens of authors. But this one... well, this is special, because it's a series of LiveLessons from none other than former Android Police contributor Ian Clifton.

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:
  • Vikky
  • Michael Pardon
  • Tania N
  • Alex (Dupree?)
  • Mario II Valenzuela
  • Jeff Miller
  • LookedPath
  • Keyz Karanza
  • SQ1

Congratulations, guys - all of you will be contacted for your information in the near future!

Everyone else - keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don't miss our upcoming giveaway announcements. You can follow AP on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and RSS.

Ian's downloadable videos are called Essentials of Android Application Development. Each video equates to one lesson that helps you break down the basics of developing for Android. Most last anywhere from 50 to 90 minutes, and though they begin with some simple explanations of the basics, the last few lessons cover quite in-depth topics. And best of all? Take a look at Ian's post history and you can see that he presents things in a very accessible, easy to understand way - and you can expect the same in these videos.

Essentials of Android Application Development

In just a few short years, Android has become the mainstream smartphone operating system.  As Android evolves to accommodate a growing ecosystem of phones, tablets, and even TVs, understanding how to work with a variety of sensors, screen sizes, and operating system versions is vital.

In this video series, Android developer Ian G. Clifton takes a tutorial-style approach to teaching the viewer how to work with all the essential parts of the Android SDK.  Each lesson builds on to a single app, utilizing new features and ultimately resulting in a reference app that can be easily used to see how to implement everything from Fragments and sensors to OpenGL and RenderScript.  Although built for Android 4.x, the videos cover how to target devices running earlier versions of Android by using the support library and version-specific resources in an application to ensure the widest possible audience.

The Giveaway

Thanks to informIT's awesomeness, we have 10 download codes to give away. Mind you, those are download codes for the entire series, which normally runs $120 - not too shabby. And the best part? All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below, and be sure to use a valid email address in the email field of your comment so that we can contact you should you win.

The contest is open from now until Tuesday, August 14 at 11:59 PM PST. Good luck!

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • alamaby

    hopefully i win this.

  • Keith Burke

    Count me in.

  • cboly

    wwowowowowowowowow sure look good

  • Apekaas

    This looks awesome! Would like one of those codes! :-)

  • http://twitter.com/Mrc1510 Marc V.

    I always want to learn to program by a good guide, and which is up to date. Hope I win!

  • David Beck

    I need all the help I can get!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=711200444 Rich Evans

    This is a fantastic opportunity, thanks for helping reach out to the wider community to encourage everyone to get involved in this fantastic ecosystem. I've wanted to start contributing for a while, but the first hurdle is always the highest

  • Fadi Al-Mubarak

    I wanna become an Android programmer the lazy way

  • SQ1

    I would love that prize

  • Sidhu Krishna Thej


  • elsewiht

    Should be a ton of fun!

  • tomqz

    Great! I hope I have a chance.. ;)

  • Marcos Amano

    Awesome, I need one! =)

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    Count me in, I'm porting an app to Android in a couple of months.

  • http://twitter.com/NYbandit2000 Dale

    Would be awsome set to win!

  • Bram Prins

    Looks like a great set of videos. What I do definately like is his step-by-step system so even someone who is completely new to developing(like me) and mobile-device developing will be able to understand it. This is different from other video series which often quicly go to the advanced stuff, which results in people not being able to follow it.

  • SixxDog


  • vibhor nizhavan

    make developing apps more easy and fast ... count me in

  • Douglas Hill

    I have been an Android user for three and a half years, and am a serial device swapper. I love to try different ROM's and have great ideas that I would like to use to contribute to the Android Community. Getting a chance to watch these video's would lead me along the path to give back to the community.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vladimir-Griga/100002164648011 Vladimir Griga

    Great. Always wanted to be an android developer :D.

  • Leo Kanellopoulos

    This is a great oppotrunity to start with native android apps!

  • http://twitter.com/RichNahra Rich Nahra

    Would be great for an asp.net developer like myself to get started.

  • Jesse

    What a great prize!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jared.fisher.106 Jared Fisher

    Nice giveaway. Would be a good resource.

  • Tyler

    Yes please and thank you! :)

  • zab

    In to win

  • Eric Griffith

    The best giveaway yet!

  • Varun Joshi

    Will help me progress towards making an app of my own.

  • liquidchrome

    I wanna write my own apps!

  • Cvitan Grguricin

    Like the series, I hope to finish them if i win the contest :)

  • robertlwalters

    I would love to win this!

  • Adam Skinner

    That's great. I downloaded the SDK a while back, and have a couple of ideas I'd like to see come to fruition.

  • http://www.facebook.com/casey.a.kline Casey Kline

    Never a bad idea for more training.

  • Adam92Wilkins

    Man I could definitely use this for my exploring of android developement

  • http://www.gmachine.net GMachine.net

    I want to dig in so much, but just never had that starting point. I think this would really set me off and running!!

  • Keyz Karanza

    My brain doesn't absorb as easily as it once did. This type of instruction would be extremely helpful in realizing my AndDev aspirations.

  • Jonathan Adams

    Me no smart. Pikshures help.

  • Gleidson

    Great! This must be mine!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=511357427 Chris Clark

    Would love to win this.

  • http://twitter.com/Pohket Panayiotis

    Getting one of these licenses would be awesome!

  • b00ky

    I say one license for all who comment. As of this writing, $22,800 is barely more than $1,200 - right?

  • Rubén Durá Tarí

    I'm in. :)

  • http://twitter.com/Eickhel Eickhel Mendoza

    Great learning giveaway

  • L K

    This would be a great learning experience. Good luck to everyone.

  • Robert Hoffman

    Sign me up! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/oscarguasco Oscar A Gonzalez Guasco

    Great just what I need

  • mre

    love to try

  • Jim Bob

    Sounds like a great way to get into Android programming. I'm in!

  • Dan

    I like to do the programmings, and this is the programmings!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Larry.Greer Lawrence Greer

    Sounds like my next project!!!!

  • pwnvds

    We need more Android programmers and this is a great way to get that going!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dany.bouffard.35 Dany Bouffard

    Awesome, this will be very interresting if I somehow win it.

  • Aditya

    It is great to learn the depth of android through these wonderful videos and I as a android developer will use the technology to give out apps targeting the educational community making learning a more interactive experience.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=702240076 facebook-702240076

    I'm in

  • http://www.facebook.com/kostasr Kostas Rodolakis

    Excellent giveaway :) Good luck to us all :P

  • shchen

    What a great way to learn Android development.

  • LazyTV

    I needs me some books and learnin'.

  • Jason

    Sign me in!

  • http://www.facebook.com/johan.peachtree Johan Peachtree

    I'm in.

  • Thomas Kefalas

    I want to start developing so badly, Please pick me, and my birthday is this weekend! :)

  • Sean

    Looking forward to these lessons!

  • Brian Lee

    This learning stuff would be great! And duh, AndroidPolice.com rocks!!!

  • Harsh Aggarwal

    I want it!

  • Keyan X

    This is a great contest guys, and is great for developers on the rise, or those who want to start.....like me *hint hint* :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-A-Carrion-Jr/617736239 Michael A Carrion Jr

    I would love a chance to take this course

  • http://twitter.com/professor__x david cassoday

    this would be an awesome prize to win. I wonder to what extent the new features of 4.1 are covered and if a sample app is developed throughout the course.

  • Aaronlivera

    i would love to be a programmer .... contact me should i win....!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/homncruse Aaron Burke

    // TODO: Obligatory witty post

  • Coy Longshore

    Let's do it, this giveaway is awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/Bobbyjb83 Bobby Brigance

    To win would change my life!

  • James Wadden

    OMG! OMG! I'm screaming like a little schoolgirl!!!... can you hear me?.. pick me! pick me! :) Please and Thank You!

  • Eric

    Sweet. Thanks for all the articles!

  • Krish Masand


  • Suhail Ahmad

    I would like this...

  • http://www.facebook.com/nyczducky Albert Kim

    I've been learning on my own and this would help me so much. Been having great ideas for apps and this will get me started on them!

  • TPMX

    It would be really helpful to learn more about developing in ways besides tackling it on my own.

  • gretch68

    This sounds interesting!! Thanks for all the great Android info!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/twugd Deepak Gupta

    Now this is interesting!!

  • m1st0

    Dream up some amazing and useful app.

  • http://www.facebook.com/larsgbnielsen Lars Gyrup Brink Nielsen

    Cool, I would like to take a look at this, especially the last part of the lessons :)

  • Alex

    I am working with some friends on a couple of android apps this would be awesome.

  • Brady Rainey

    I'm starting college for programming next week, but Android Development is what I want to focus on!

  • http://komorkomania.pl/author/michal-brzezinski Michal Brzezinski

    That would be great, good luck to me!

  • John

    Awesome, would love to have it.

  • Joshua Osborne

    Woo! Count me in!

  • EatingSurreal

    Would love this, it would really jump start my adventure into android dev

  • hollywoodfrodo

    Been wanting to learn Android Development. Would love this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/unethical.hacker Adie Bhatt

    i know c++ so i hope can learn java and this one

  • Chris W

    I would love to win this.

  • Melvin Blokhuijzen

    This will be very helpful for me in becoming a better Android Developer!

  • Niels

    That'd improve my developing skills, it'd certainly come in handy for a few ideas I've got.

  • cowbutt


  • silaslenz

    Could help me stop hating java, if that's a good thing!?

  • Vishwas Shrikhande

    Android , Android, and More Android, is never a bad thing.

  • Deepu Mukundan

    Android.....hope I can learn some stuff here and buy a google glass kit to apply what I learn.

  • Clayton Reeves

    Would love to have another set of instruction to go through to make my next app.

  • eindbaas

    Nice, I could use some more indepth knowledge.

  • Vikky

    Could definitely use this to write my first android app.

  • VinDon

    Well comment number 255 should mean something. Hoping to take my C, C++ knowledge on to Java and Android

  • VinDon

    Well comment number 255 should mean something to some. Hoping to take my C, C++ knowledge onto Java and Android

  • VinDon

    3rd time I've tried to add this comment, its disappered twice, pity since it is comment 0xFF

  • PudgyPanda


  • Jad Kawwa

    I would really enjoy trying these videos!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.mercer.50 Lee Mercer

    Would be awesome to have this to start learning developement for Android!!!

  • Mohan

    It looks like a useful resource for Android development.

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisGuzzy Chris Guzman

    I'm in.

  • rameshkarthickk

    I would love to win a copy of those videos for learning android development. I want in.

  • George Walley

    Great giveaway, AP...busy schedules and work make self-paced training like this ideal! Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=511357427 Chris Clark

    This would be great to win.

  • Samar

    Another great learning material for all Android enthusiasts out there.

  • http://twitter.com/CNIAngel AnonAngel

    This would be great for me to refresh my Android Development knowledge.

  • rogue3

    This would give me a great leg up at my work. No one here has any app development skills.

  • LittleBiscuit


  • Stefany

    This is exactly what I need to get my Android app project up and running. It's going to be amazing.

  • Bilal

    This is awesome. A nice addition to Android training material

  • Eric Garcia

    Man this would be so awesome to have...I so hope I get it!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.wargarbalton Matthew Wargarbalton

    This would be exceptionally useful as I am getting nowhere fast with what I want to do with my phone, but cannot as app are not available and the development seems daunting from the outside.

  • James Murphy

    Hope I win yo.

  • zpartal


  • Shmattie

    I would love to win and learn how to build better Android apps!

  • http://bmtaylor.com -Brandon

    this would be so cool

  • Mike

    Good prize

  • http://twitter.com/WillSmirf Robert

    I believe with these basic tools, I would try to chisel a masterpiece

  • Azrael

    meh, starting 2nd year of Computer Science course, this would be fun to go along side all the other stuff I have to learn

  • byron

    Awesome giveaway would love to have it.

  • LR

    Wow, awesome. I've already spent (too much) money on several Android books that as a beginner Android dev, I struggle to follow at times, and therefore never fully read.
    I'm more of a visual/hands-on learner and love videos, presentations and labs.
    Thanks for an opportunity to re-ignite my learning progress without breaking my bank account! *crosses fingers*

  • asr95

    Awesome! Would like to have those videos.

    Thanks for the opportunity AndroidPolice!

  • Hannah Irish

    Great prize

  • logabex


  • PB

    I'm just starting to develop with Android...this would be awesome!

  • Greg


  • rizcool

    wow this is awesome! i want it :)

  • http://www.alandesigns.co.cc Alan

    Starting Android application development next month or so. Great timing. :P

  • ewilliams1009


  • Klemen

    Ooo this looks nice:)

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    10 winners posted!

  • chuck taylor

    i won thanks Android Police!! you guys are awesome!!

  • Tania N

    Thanks Android Police!!! You rock!! :D

  • Mario II Valenzuela

    /Happy Dance

    Thanks to all of ya at AP and LL!

    I downloading the lessons as I'm typing! RAWR!

  • Vikky

    Happy to have won, but I still haven't recd any info on how to download the videos. Have the others got this info as yet???

  • Vikky

    Has any of the other winners got the download codes as yet??