The Android Runtime (ART) is a Java Virtual Machine (JVM). This provides a great opportunity to use programming languages besides Java to develop full featured Android applications. Scala is a programming language that targets the JVM and blends many concepts of Object Oriented Programming with Functional Programming. Many features of Scala can improve the development experience on Android. Some examples include eliminating the need for common boiler plate, adding type safety to view lookups, and simplifying robust JSON parsing. This session will examine how to leverage Scala and its functional programming features to improve your experience with Android development.