Android App and New Courses from Udacity
Written by Sue Gee   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014

Udacity now has an Android version of its app that lets you study its online courses on your smartphone. There also a new course on developing your own apps for Android.

 

 

The announcement of the availability of  Udacity for Android on Google Play says:

All Udacity courses are now available on Android for the first time, in a classroom specifically built and optimized for touch. Now, you can stream lectures wherever your Android device goes, and test yourself with quick and fun quizzes and you learn on the go.
 
One course that would seem very suitable to study in this way is Developing Android Apps: Android Fundamentals, an advanced 8-week course (assuming 6 hours per week) in which you'll:

Build a cloud-connected Android app, and learn the tools, principles, and best practices of mobile and Android development that you'll apply to your own projects.
 

This course is one of four new additions to the Udacity Course Catalog all of which are being developed in collaboration with Google.

For would-be Android developers there's also a beginner's course UX Design for Mobile Developers which has the strap line "Learn to Design a 5-star Android app".

The other two courses are for developers who are concerned with scaling apps and, with an estimated workload of 6 hours, they are short and don't offer the paid-for "full course experience".

At intermediate level you can study  Website Performance Optimization The Critical Rendering Path in which you'll learn how browsers convert HTML, CSS and JavaScript into websites while you experiment with Chrome Developer Tools to measure and optimize website speed.

 

Developing Scalable Apps with Google App Engine is an advanced course and in you will discover how this this Platform As A Service works. You'll also learn the best practices of using Cloud Endpoints that allow you to easily create RESTful services and make them accessible to iOS, Android and Javascript clients.

 

The collaboration of Udacity and Google seems to be delivering on the promise of the Open Education Alliance and together with the recently announced Udacity Nanodegrees and the Georgia Tech Online Masters Degree in Computer Science make Udacity a valuable source of education that is relevant to professional developers.

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