Google launches Android Training program for would-be developers

Daniel Bader

December 16, 2011 1:19pm

Ever had a nagging suspicion that you shouldn’t in fact be a vet or teacher, and instead your fate lies in the power of Android development? Well, us neither, but Google is hoping that as the market grows for Android devices, so will the number of layman users wanting to develop for it.

To that extent, Google has launched Android Training, a series of web-based “classes” that focus on different essential elements of Java-based programming. According to a blog post on Android Developers, the program is starting out small and intends to grow quickly: to begin there are 11 classes offered, from “designing effective navigation, to managing audio playback, to optimizing battery life” and takes viewers on a step-by-step guide through the process.

While you must have a basic knowledge of programming and Java in general, Android Training is aiming to be that mediator between entry-level basics and reference material for seasoned coding veterans. Android has always been accused of being more difficult to develop for than iOS, and equivalent apps on both platforms often look homely on Google’s platform in comparison.

Check out the Android Training beta program if you’re interested, and let us know what masterpieces you create as a result!

Source: Android Developers blog
Via: TechCrunch

  • Jerrik

    I have always wanted to develop my own apps and ROMs. I’m going to try this.

  • Mathieu

    Actually, most Android developers should read this training because they don’t always follow Google guidelines.

    “Android has always been accused of being more difficult to develop for than iOS” since when it’s harder to learn a new language (Objective C) and a new OS (Mac OS X) than using one of most used IDE (Eclipse) and one of the top 2 popular language (Java).

    “equivalent apps on both platforms often look homely on Google’s platform in comparison.”
    The only reason for that is that companies spend less on the Android app than iOS app because people who make decisions always use iPhones and don’t care about Android…
    … who is not supposed to be as good (“Android = cheap iPhone, right?”).

    By comparing the quality of the iPhone and Android version of apps, you can deduct the phone used by “important people” in the company.

    • Geoff

      Honestly, I think the companies are spending less on the Android apps because for some strange reason we are all less willing to spend money on apps than the iPhone people.

      At least, from everything I read it seems that iPhone users are more willing to pay money for apps.

  • Mark

    I r nao haxxorz!

  • Saffant

    As mentioned in previous article(s), one of the many reasons iOS sells more apps is because it make you enter your credit card info when you signup; Android on the other hand, where if and when one needs an app they try to get by pirating instead of bothering to grab their wallet and enter their credit card info.