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Android Nanodegree offers a crash course in development
Google has today unveiled a new Android Nanodegree, which aims to explain the entire lifecycle of Android app development in a course lasting six to nine months. Launched in partnership with online education specialist, Udacity, the Android Nanodegree was built by Google to offer training for would-be developers to reach the standards that Google expects from its developers.
The course takes six to twelve months to complete at a cost of $200 per month and will cover everything from the fundamentals of Android development to advanced development skills. It will also cover things like Google Play services and Material Design and real-life projects will be graded by Google’s global network of 300 code reviewers.
Once you complete the Android Nanodegree, you’ll receive a joint certificate from Google and Udacity, in what is being described as an industry first. 50 students from the new Nanodegree will also be invited to Google’s headquarters in Mountain View for a three-day summit on Careers as a developer, with items on the agenda including developer sessions, a Hackathon and interactions with hiring engineers.
To bring Android development to other markets, Google has worked with the Government of Egypt to localise the Android Nanodegree into Modern Standard Arabic and as part of the initiative to make Android accessible to all, Google will offer 2,000 scholarships and host sessions for students in Egypt. The company also expects to bring localized Nanodegrees to other countries in the new future.
Registration for the Android Nanodegree is now open and you can get a one week trial of the degree program before having to pay the course fees. The course is listed as taking between six and twelve months to complete and requires a minimum of 10 hours per week.