Google announces Android Basics Nanodegree

The online training programme aims to make app development accessible to everyone for free


Google has announced the Android Basics Nanodegree, a training course for anyone interested in creating their own Android apps.

Google said it is trying to make Android development accessible for everyone, whether they have experience coding or not and so has joined forced with Udacity to provide the tuition for free.

The training covers every step of app development, from building app user interfaces, implementing user interactions and databases to store information, pulling information in from websites and localising the apps to support a wider range of languages.

It will also teach participants how to find the cause of problems and fix them without needing to seek outside help.

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These skills will be taught using real-world scenarios and along the way, you will be expected to build elements of different apps, such as an order form for a coffee shop and a racking app for an animal shelter.

"There are over 1 billion Android devices worldwide, providing a way for you to deliver your ideas to the right people at the right time," Shanea King-Roberson, the initiative's lead program manager, said.

"Google, in partnership with Udacity, is making Android development accessible and understandable to everyone, so that regardless of your background, you can learn to build apps that improve the lives of people around you."

After the course has been completed, participants can move onto the intermediate developers programme and be in with a chance of winning a scholarship for the career-track Android Nanodegree, which has been designed for those who want to pursue a career in Android app development.

"With courses designed by Google, you can learn skills that are applicable to building apps that solve real world problems," King-Robertson continued.

"You can learn at your own pace to use Android Studio (Google's official tool for Android app development) to design app user interfaces and implement user interactions using the Java programming language."

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