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List of Android Development Resources – Guest Post

Are you an Android developer or app tester? Do you want to learn from or get connected to other peers in the Android community? If so, there is something useful you should read and check out.

Andreas and Jessica from AnySoftwareTools, recently created a big list of Android development resources. The list covers a wide range of materials including blogs, tutorials, forums, podcasts, and social media communities. Whether you are new to Android programming, or you are a veteran who’s managed to develop an app, you’ll love this resource.

You can read the comprehensive resource here: http://www.anysoftwaretools.com/best-android-development-resources/

The list includes 46 blogs and tutorials, 11 forums and Q&A websites, 12 YouTube playlists, 5 podcasts, 10 Google+ communities, 11 Facebook groups, and counting. Did we miss any resources you like but not mentioned there? Let us know, we will be happy to consider adding them. That’s the value of keeping a resource updated, isn’t it?

Anyway, check it out and let us know what you think. If you like it, feel free to share it out. Happy reading and coding!

About the author
Jessica Carrell is a technology enthusiast who founded AnySoftwareTools with several geek friends. When she is not coding or writing tech stuff, she loves shooting photographs behind her camera lens.

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Excerpt from the original version:

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Our challenge

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