GOOGLE HAS ANNOUNCED a free training course for Android developers.
The course, "Developing Android Apps: Android Fundamentals" was launched on the Android Developers Blog by Reto Meier, head of scalable developer advocacy.
Meier said, "Mobile devices are the platform that will bring the next five billion people online. With Android expanding rapidly into emerging markets, and growing beyond phones and tablets into wearables, auto, and TV, learning the fundamentals behind Android development represents an opportunity to affect and improve the lives of billions of people."
The Android Funadementals course consists of videos from Google Developer advocates, including Meier, along with quizzes and forums that take students through the process of building an app.
Additionally, the course looks at best practices of the Android mobile operating system and of mobile development in general. One-to-one coaching is available for an enrolled version of the course offered by Udacity, with personalised and guided feedback, but of course that's where you'll have to open your wallet. For a self-guided course however, there is no charge whatsoever.
Google has always been keen to keep parity across all its apps, especially given the repeated critisicm it has received for version fragmentation.
The "Holo" design introduced in Android 3.0 Honeycomb is the principal design guideline for developers. With Android "L" coming later this year, greatly overhauling the stock user experience, Google's offer of free training represents an opportunity for the company to get developers writing apps the way it wants them written from the ground up. µ