Today we are announcing the first Udacity Connect Campus launching in Saudi Arabia, with the long-term goal of helping talented learners across Saudi Arabia achieve their full potential in the technology sector. This new program is made possible through the remarkable partnership of the MiSK Foundation, and under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz.
When we launched our Android Basics Nanodegree program by Google, we established something wholly new at Udacity: a complete learning path that takes you all the way from novice to expert in your chosen field. You can enroll in the Android Basics program without having any programming experience at all, and emerge fully job-ready as an Android Developer when you graduate from the Android Developer program! This means all students interested in Android Development can start learning right away, no matter their experience level.
The questions were posed and the experts have answered! Thanks so much to everyone who sent in questions about Android Development, and the new Android Basics Nanodegree by Google program. Because of your contributions, we now have a really wonderful and informative resource to share with all aspiring Android Developers.
It’s been a little over two weeks since we launched the Android Basics Nanodegree by Google program, and what an incredible two weeks it’s been! We knew going in we had an incredible team in place, who together built the program from the ground up. Now, we can happily say we have an incredible student body in place as well. We have been literally staggered by the passion, dedication, and dynamism we’ve witnessed, and the quality of work being submitted is so impressive. Best of all, the community is growing and bonding together, as students connect in forums, on Slack, and more.
Ask the Android Experts!
On the subject of connections, we’ve got a great new event to tell you about! It’s a special opportunity to connect directly with the experts from Google and Udacity who built the Android Basics program, and it will be your chance to ask any questions you might have about the Android Basics Nanodegree by Google.
It was just last week that we launched the Android Basics by Google Nanodegree program, and the response has been incredible.
As part of that launch with Google, we announced that the first 50 students to graduate from Android Basics would receive full scholarships to enroll in our career-track Android Developer program. Since that announcement, the leaderboard where we’re tracking student progress has been … electrifying!
Have you SEEN the leaderboard? It’s been a week, and we’ve already got students who’ve completed their studies and earned their scholarships. Wow!
There are now 1.4 billion active Android Devices in the world, and Android dominates the smartphone market with 82% global market share. These are impressive numbers. If you’re an aspiring Android Developer, this is opportunity knocking.
For many of you, that’s all you need to know. Android Developer, here you come.
But some of you may need more convincing when it comes to considering a career in Android Development. So let’s look at some key labor statistics and industry reports:
It’s a great time to become an Android Developer, and there have never been better opportunities to start preparing for a career in this rapidly expanding field. Our new Android Basics Nanodegree by Google offers aspiring developers with little to no programming experience an exclusive opportunity to get started on the path to an amazing career in Android Development by learning directly from experts at Google.
50 Android Developer Nanodegree Scholarships From Google!
The best part? Google will award the first 50 students who complete the Android Basics Nanodegree a chance to win a full scholarship to enroll in our career-track Android Developer Nanodegree program.
Successfully transitioning to this advanced degree program is a critical step for becoming an in-demand Android Developer, and with the support of Google, students now have a powerful financial incentive to pursue their career goals. Enrolled students will be able to monitor their Nanodegree progress on a public leaderboard, and Udacity mentors, coaches, project reviewers, and student support experts will help students stay on track from enrollment to graduation.
Hottest Jobs of 2016: Android Developer
There are currently 1.4 billion activated Android devices in the world today, and that number is growing. In India, China, and the EU5, Android holds a significant market share, and demand for developers is growing dramatically. Mary Meeker’s recently released Internet Trends Report predicts another year of significant gains for Android vs. iOS, and countless employment studies have placed App Developer at the top of their “Hot Jobs” lists, with salary growth estimates running above 20% year-over-year. Right now, there are well over 3,000 open Android Developer jobs on LinkedIn. Indeed.com shows nearly double that.
Do those numbers have you thinking about starting to build your own Android apps? Maybe you even have a great idea for an Android app, but don’t believe you’re capable of building it yourself? Well, think again!
The Android Basics Nanodegree by Google
We are extremely excited to launch our latest Nanodegree program with Google. The Udacity-Google partnership is one of the most valuable and unique assets we provide to our students, and this new program is a perfect example of this collaboration in action. Designed for students who don’t yet have experience building apps, Android Basics by Google will provide a guided, efficient path for new developers to learn the essential skills needed to build apps for Android. This includes:
- The essentials of the Java programming language
- Interacting with Web APIs
- Using a SQLite database
Most importantly, students will learn how to transform an app idea into a technically sound plan that can be implemented successfully. By the end of the Nanodegree, students will be ready to take the career-track Android Developer Nanodegree program, and will have built and submitted 10 projects, 8 of which are functional apps.
What You Need To Know Before Enrolling
The Android Basics Nanodegree by Google costs $199 per month and features all the unique components that are integral to the Nanodegree experience, including:
- Specialized courses built with—and taught by—Google experts.
- Learn-by-doing projects that enable students to create real products, and build professional portfolios.
- Expert project review and personalized feedback delivered within hours of submitting.
- Mentorship, coaching, and career services.
- Face-to-face learning opportunities through Udacity Connect.
With the addition of Android Basics Nanodegree by Google, we now offer every single student a point-of-entry into the world of Android Development, whether they’re just starting to program, or already building apps.