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.

  • Peejaie

    Really want to learn about developing android applications, so this would be great :)

  • Arjun Yelamanchili

    I cant wait to get into andoird developement!

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    Count me in!

  • Joshu

    Sweet I've always wanted to do this.

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    I'd give my left pinky toe to win this!

  • metalcated

    Sweet! I am game! Count me in man ;)

  • Jeff

    Looks nice. Thanks!

  • http://profiles.google.com/ottermann Jason Heiken

    This is a test.
    Had this been an actual comment, there would be interesting words here.
    This concludes our test.
    Please return to your normal browsing habits.
    (and please let me win....pleasepleaseplease....)


    I have an idea for an AWESOME Android app but i have no idea where to start this would be so perfect for me PLEASE PICK ME ANDROID POLICE YOU GUYS ARE THE GREATEST!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/DocFunkinstien Kid.Drunkadelic

    Can I haz I development coarse that doesn't rely on java experience?

  • Raymond

    Dear Sir, i want a download code. Learning Android programming is difficult and i want a training session.

  • Scott

    I really want to learn!

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    I want one!

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    OMG I really need to win this

  • Marshall Levin

    Sounds cool. I hope I win :-)

  • http://profiles.google.com/rushikh Rushir Parikh

    I'm trying to learn right now, it sure is hard, I think these videos will really help.

  • Cole Dowden

    oh yes, yes....

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    Ooooh! I like this giveaway! Something to learn from AND possibly make money off of building an app.

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    Wow nice contest. Pick me.

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    Alright, I'll bite...

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    I could really use this!

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    This would compliment the Java courses I'm currently taking very well. Pick me!

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    Hellenistic ding ding a ding ding

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    This would be perfect!

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    oh man this would be awesome, I've been wanting to learn to dev for android for a while now.

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    This is excellent!

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    Count with me

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    Count me in!

  • TwilitSky

    I always fancy giving a shot at this kind of thing. :D

  • Fandroid

    I've always wanted to develop for Android but figuring out where to start is quite a daunting task. Perhaps this could help.

  • http://twitter.com/arghness Alex

    I don't seem to have an email field in my comment, but I'd still like to win :)

  • Jay

    Need it! Got C++ and java background XD

  • neostrider

    This would be awesome to bring me back into Development again

  • sivoch

    Pick me...pick me

  • Gary Berlin

    Would love to learn even more

  • skyler

    awesome! This looks fantastic. I'm just entering into android development myself so this would make a great companion.

  • http://twitter.com/iDroidd Alex Hernandez

    WOOT, I need this.

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    I so need this.

  • Matt

    Android dev for the win

  • Studentdude

    Very nice giveaway, would suit what I am doing these days.

  • Chandra Sekhar Kandru

    Like to learn coding for Android with the help of Live Lsssons Videos

  • Dartan


  • Mike S

    I'm in

  • siddardhab

    pick me!!

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    #include me.h

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    Very nice giveaway!

  • Ronny Nussbaum

    Oh momma! Me!!!

  • Adam L.

    If I win...oh boy, it's so on.

  • Natan Žabkar

    Awesome giveaway, would love to get it ^_^

  • http://droiddev.co.cc/ CuriousCursor

    I only want lesson 4 because I have yet to delve into services or broadcast receivers. GIMME!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708274791 Jordan Blount

    I hope I win.

  • Stas

    Omg, never won anything. Would like to get this lessons.

  • Thomas Falls

    Pick me!!!!!

  • Courtney Edmonds

    This would be wonderful to just get back to the basics.

  • Nick Coad

    Got a work project coming up that this would be super useful for.

  • Timad

    I would love it.

  • Remco de Ket

    Oh yes please ... I want to become an internet millionaire too.

  • http://twitter.com/Just_Reboot deidein


  • http://profiles.google.com/papa528 Joe Pas

    If I get a license, I will write an ode to Android Police.

  • FirefighterMatt56

    This is a comment. Did I win? Lol.

  • BBXiong

    oh please get me one, i been learning android programming myself and it's been taking too much time, i bet this would help

  • Ed Mahoney

    Android dev video goodness. Yum

  • Asko Mattila


  • http://profiles.google.com/dharr18 Dave Harrison

    I could stand some formal training.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Sick_or_Wuut Chris


  • bedwa

    I would be most greatful if I was lucky enough.......

  • Sriram Sridharan

    I'd love to win one of these!

  • osc707

    This would be greatly appreciated!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1088970342 Perry Wasserbauer

    big money big money no whammy no whammy STOP!

  • mduran1023

    Those look pretty awesome! I'll probably pick 'em up even if I don't get chosen!

  • Vikram Mohan

    I was seriously thinking of learning this. Hope I get it.

  • http://TransientTangent.com/ Blake Mitchell

    Comment left

  • http://banetech.wordpress.com/ Bane Tech

    Great giveaway. I'm wanting to learn android development.

  • Phillip Hess

    I wish I knew how to program a toaster, let alone an Android app.

  • http://twitter.com/Big_Mike_Bellic Michael

    this looks interesting

  • http://profiles.google.com/drepope100 u m

    Already studying development. This would definitely help!

  • Michael Pardon

    I'm very interested in this series! How cool it would be to win a free license?!

  • digger004

    Always wanted to get into Android dev - now this would be perfect!

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    I'd love to win something like this! I am just starting out in the Android development world :)

  • noah

    I'd love to win something for once. and i'd like to start android development

  • Christian

    This would definitely help get started with Android development!

  • http://twitter.com/petedeblois Pbdeblois

    i want that

  • Jeff Miller

    I've been wanting something like this. I have a few ideas that need a good foundation

  • http://www.facebook.com/bradfordlknight Bradford Knight


  • Yellowdavid

    I'd love one licence :)

  • http://twitter.com/danielojeda_ Daniel Ojeda

    I really want that licence... I have some ideas, but need the skills to do them.

  • Jesse McCall

    A license would be phenomenal!

  • Raphael D.

    I want to learn to develop on Android

  • http://www.facebook.com/smilin.robin Robin Gupta

    Oh God,
    please me this time..

  • Mario II Valenzuela

    Oh hell yes. If you give me one I'll be your best friend and I'll put a special thanks to all you guys in my first several apps. :D

  • cmlndz09

    I want it! :D

  • rawdeadfish

    totally interested!

  • Antonius Karl Lee

    Very interested. Have been looking for something like this.

  • Tania N

    This would really help me get started on my developer skills! Please please!

  • squintyboy

    sounds great

  • Ninjabunny


  • Andrey Ogrodnik

    real nice

  • Aaron

    I'd love to win this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1562156908 Guillermo Herrera

    I've been wanting to learn!

  • Michael

    Yes! Awesome! I've been doing java tutorials but I've been wanting something android specific...I need this pick me! This would really be great to get me started on a lot of the things I want to do!

  • David Elisha


  • DoomsDave

    cant wait to get this... soooo awesome!

  • Kevin Kintner

    Would love to get this!

  • Marty Ballard

    I would love this prize!

  • Gabriel

    Teach me!!!!

  • Zach Child


  • vijacdblz

    love to win this!!

  • Gerardo

    This would be extremely useful for my first Android development projects!!

  • JacksonArras

    Hopefully I have luck here since my powerball was a bust!

  • http://www.kovdev.com/ koveleski

    As a theme developer, I would love to be able to break out from my niche and publish some fully featured apps. This would help me move in that direction.

  • Eric Dube

    I sure hope to win this one

  • http://profiles.google.com/devgeek Chad Smith

    Love to win this.

  • Mike Adams

    I'd like to attend that class

  • http://twitter.com/Sysadm1n_X Aaron

    This would be great! just started android development on my own. Email is system.adm1n.x@gmail

  • Helio Oliveira Bianchi

    I love video lessons/courses, sometimes books are boring to learn from...

  • Zhe Xi Ooi


  • briankariu

    I want i want....pleeeease

  • Corneliu Dascălu


  • http://twitter.com/danihearne Cid Highwind

    Looks fantastic.

  • http://www.ellianth.com Ellianth

    Here's to hoping I win! Good luck everyone else :).

  • Sam Ahn

    Be cool if I won.

  • Robin Olofsson


  • Franz

    Would be a sweet gift.

  • jensn


  • Ian Kavanagh

    What a great prize for a new developer!

  • http://www.rodya.com/ Roman Dyadichenko

    I'm in the game.

  • murali

    Count me in

  • jim_cureton

    I like Android.

  • Alex

    Need to learn this stuff!

  • Campan Flaviu


  • Campan Flaviu


  • Campan Flaviu

    seems pretty straight forward... It might be even the best! Can't wait to try it!

  • dennis

    me too

  • dennis

    I'm in

  • http://www.facebook.com/matteo.badinelli.5 Matteo Badinelli

    I'm absolutely in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pamela-Doe/614483416 Pamela Doe


  • karakuri

    Worth a shot

  • Raducu Roman

    Nice initiative!

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  • Blizard

    Hope i win!

  • Adrian O.

    I'd love to win this. Thanks for the opportunity...

  • rob_ot

    Ooh...yes please!

  • Ionut Costica

    Sounds interesting. Would definitely like a shot at this.

  • LookedPath

    I hope I can win it because I really want to develop on Android...

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001124436335 Ionut Lala

    i'm in!

  • Martyn Haigh

    My girlfriend is just learning Android - this'll be a massive help to her.

  • Vyrlokar

    I Really need to get into Android app development and this will probably be what I need.

  • Shaun

    I would love to win and learn how to write my own Android app!

  • http://www.twitter.com/morenicano Morenicano

    I started developing an app but stopped because I don't quite understand enough to continue. Hopefully something like this can help.