Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Google Ties up with Universities to Unveil Skills Course for 2 Million Android Developers

Tech giant Google launched Android Skilling and Certification programme in India, aiming to train two million developers in next three years.

Android dominates Indian market, with over 90% phones sold in the country powered by the Google's operating system. Google wants to ensure that enough developers are building apps for millions of Android users in India.

The Android Developer Fundamentals course, a specially-designed instructor-led training programme, will be made available across public and private universities and training institutes of the National Skill Development Corporation of India.

"India is expected to have the largest developer population globally, overtaking the US, by 2018, with four million developers. But at present only 25% of developers are building for mobile," Google Vice President Product Management said Caesar Sengupta.

Google Head of Developer Training, Peter Lubbers, said the training is available for both students as well as mid-career developers, he added.

The in-person training module integrated into the course curriculum will be introduced within this calendar year by these partners.

Lubbers said Google has partnered with universities for its initiative. It has also partnered training organisations like Edureka, Koenig, Manipal Global, Simplilearn, Udacity and UpGrad, who will operate as Authorised Android Training Partners in India.

"We are also training the trainers to update their Android courseware to prepare students for the Android Certification and a career in Android development... We expect to train about 4,000 faculty members," said Lubbers.

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