#CareerBytes: These 6 online-courses will make you an Android developer
Android is the world's most popular operating system. While it is found mostly on smartphones, Android is used on many other smart devices like intelligent speakers, televisions, watches, etc. Android development is in demand; the market for Android applications is huge, and Android experts have vast job opportunities. Here are some online courses, both free and paid, to help you become an Android developer.
Tech giant Google, which develops Android, offers several courses online in collaboration with MOOC provider Udacity. Popular free courses by Google include "Android Basics: User Interface" (provides Android and Java programming basics) and "Developing Android Apps". Under the 8-month "Android Developer Nanodegree" (two terms), students can learn from Google experts and get personalized support/mentorship and career support. Course cost is Rs. 44,900 (first term).
Envato Tuts+, a platform for online courses/tutorials, offers an online course called "Learn Java for Android". Before one can start coding Android apps, learning the Java programming language is essential. This course would help in mastering Java with a focus on Android. Students learn about essential features of Java coding for Android. Those subscribed to Envato Tuts+ by paying $19/month can access this course.
Tech website Android Authority recently launched the DGiT Academy, a platform for tech-focused courses on app development, programming, and web design. It offers the "Introduction to Android App Development" online course which is one of the best, in-depth options available. It comprises written and video lessons and covers everything - from basics to advanced concepts. Those interested can enroll in it by paying $124.50.
On leading MOOC provider edX, Guatemala's Galileo University provides "Professional Android Developer" MicroMasters program under which students are taught to create apps by Google developer experts. The course cost is $581.40 On edX, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology offers "Java and Android Foundation" professional certification program for $161.10. It will help the candidates build a strong foundation in Java and Android programming.
Popular professional certification courses provider Simplilearn offers the Google-authorized "Certified Android App Developer Training Course" starting at Rs. 6,999 (as on 1 Jul'18). Under the program, students get access to instructor-led training classes and self-paced learning content created by industry experts. Students can gain a thorough understanding of Android architecture, build/publish apps in Play Store, and develop apps for Android wearable devices, too.
Digital learning platform Udemy offers the popular "The Complete Android Developer Course: Beginner to Advanced!" course for teaching the concepts and techniques involved in creating applications. Under this comprehensive, all-in-one program, students are taught not only to build and develop apps for smartphones from scratch but also for other smart devices. The course cost is Rs. 700 (limited period offer; original price Rs. 12,800).