Google Play Services: Identity

Approx 2 weeks
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Course Summary

In this course, you'll learn how to use Google’s Identity Platform to allow users to sign-in using their Google credentials, and how to access data that they grant you permission to access.

This course is part of the Google Play Services series, which features a variety of different Google APIs. Designed as standalone short courses, you can take any course on its own, or take them all!

Google Play Services: Location and Context
Google Play Services: Analytics
Google Play Services: AdMob
Google Play Services: Maps
Google Play Services: Identity [this course]

Why Take This Course?

If you want to be a professional Android developer, your apps most likely will include features like Google sign-in. Take this course to implement this service in a sample app, and learn how to extend this service to your own apps.

Prerequisites and Requirements

To get the most out of this course, you should have prior experience developing Android apps. If you lack this experience, please take Developing Android Apps prior to enrolling in this one. We also recommend taking Advanced Android App Development if you are interested in publishing your app to the Google Play Store.

To follow along with course activities, you must have access to the latest release of Android Studio, which includes an emulator that you can use for basic testing of your apps. For the best experience, you should use a recent Android device.

We share code through GitHub, so you must be familiar with using GitHub to access code. Take our course on Using Git and GitHub if you lack this background.

What Will I Learn ?


Overview of Google Play services and an introduction to the goals and structure of this series.

Lesson 1 - Getting Started

Build a basic Android App that signs your users in with Profile access. From this, you can get metadata about your users, such as their full name.

Lesson 2 - Going Deeper

Learn about the Google design styles for sign-in buttons, and how to get them to use in your own app. Customize your app with these styles, and learn about different scopes, including email scope, which only allows apps access to the signed-in user’s email address for identification.

Capstone Project (2 Stages)

This project assumes that you have completed Developing Android Apps, Advanced Android App Development and Google Play Services: Location and Context, in addition to this course.

Design, then build, your own Android app.