Google teams up with Udacity to offer Android Nanodegree program

June 2, 2015

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No contest. Android as a mobile platform is ever-expanding. And what with the introduction of Brillo and the expansion of Android Auto and Android TV, the Android community will continue to get bigger. The demand for Android developers will rapidly increase so more people should take advantage by shifting to this industry and by studying Android app development.

Udacity has been providing education to improve the skills of people interested in development and programming or simply those who want to advance in their careers or get a new job. There are more than one billion active users on Android so there really is a demand for more developers to improve on the system, as well as, develop apps.

Over at the Google I/O Developer Conference, Udacity announced that it's offering the first Android Developer Nanodegree. In partnership with Google, this new curriculum was built by the developers and experts on the subject matter to the high standards expected of Android developers. The search giant invested about $4 million in this project plus thousands of developer hours to make sure the Android Developer Nanodegree is worth the $200/monthly fee.

The course will take 9 to 12 months to finish. It will cover the fundamentals, advanced development skills, Material Design, and Google Play Services. This will be a course where students' projects are graded. Some activities include being asked to use Google's services to develop apps or being tasked to design a media player. Once the Nanodegree is completed, a student will receive a joint certificate sign by Google and Udacity. This program is a first for the industry.

The inaugural Nanodegree program was launched eight months ago and it continues to grow. Students are taking classes in programming, data analytics, and web development. Udacity proudly shared that most graduates have already embarked on their new careers.

Fifty students of the new Nanodegree will be invited by Google to visit Mountain View at the end of the program. The Android Developer Career Summit will feature a Hackathon, interactions with hiring engineers, and several developer sessions.

Google is also set to offer localize Android courses in Egypt. The Internet giant already teamed up with the Government of Egypt to translated the courses into Modern Standard Arabic. A total of 2,000 scholarships will be offered. Sessions and job fairs will also be held in the country.

Udacity and Google are currently working on more Nanodegree programs specifically in entrepreneurship, cloud computing, and web development. Android Developer Nanodegree registration is now open. Google provided a complete list of the planned courses in the Android Nanodegree:

Android App Development for Beginners: How to Make an Android App, with Katherine Kuan
Developing Android Apps: Android Fundamentals, with Reto Meier, Katherine Kuan, Dan Galpin and Alex Lucas
Advanced Android app development: Productionize and Publish Your Apps, with Dan Galpin, Ian Lake and Johanna Smith
Google Play services: Use Google APIs to Improve Your Apps (Maps, Location, and more!), with Jocelyn Becker, Magnus Hyttsten and Laurence Moroney
Android Ubiquitous Computing: Extend Apps to Wearables, TV and Auto, with Timothy Jordan, Wayne Piekarski and Joshua Gordon
Android Performance: Optimizing Apps for Speed and Usability, with Colt McAnlis
Android Design for Developers: Make Your Apps Material, with Nick Butcher and Roman Nurik
Gradle for Android and Java: Build Better Apps Though Automation with Gradle

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SOURCE: Udacity, Android Developers Blog


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  • Frank

    Wanted to reach out about one of your stories, what’s the best way to reach you?

  • PeterBananaCao

    — Would anyone or any organization(Why would GOOGLE?) like to associate himself/herslef/itself with fascism crimes?

    Would anyone like to be educated by someone who’s misbehavior has brought into our lives anti-humanity crimes which are fascism by nature and which had endangered human lives? Would anyone like to be living in a society under the jurisdiction of some malicious and cowardice officers (namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, they must have power of jurisdiction over civilians of Santa Clara county) who hided their identities from us while colluding with those fascists to cover up their fascism crimes and at the same time retaliate on victims?

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    Udacity as referred in this article, its cofounder Sebastian Thrun had involved into a decade long criminal case which is fascism by nature and which had endangered human lives, starting from a simple campus atrocity case with clear evidence and serious police investigation — [Stanford police case number: IR #04-111-0335; Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler] —http://tDOTcn/R7F1yQ0 (replace DOT with . for the right web address) — attention to the 7 photo evidence;

    But how could such a simple campus atrocity case turn into a series of fascism crimes for over a decade long which got more and more innocent people involved? — That’s because miscarriage of justice (by cowardice hidden judicial officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI?, etc.) is going on; fascism prevails; Justice has not been done;

    ____________________________

    — Such fascism crimes have to be disciplined by laws and such fascists like Gabriele Scheler/Sebastian Thrun/ZZZ/YYY/VVV and the likes have to be brought to justice; they can’t escape from it;

  • PeterBananaCao

    ___The point is, though I am a victim while Gabriele Scheler a criminal suspect, my life has been underhandedly cursed and systematically retaliated by fascism powers behind Sebastian Thrun for over 10 years without an end ever since Gabriele Scheler recanted her testimony and falsely accused me at somewhere unknown to me in the judicial system; Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler’s follow up retaliatory crimes had been collateralled by some officers (namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI?, etc.) who’s handling Schelers recanted testimony in the judicial system, and who hided their identities from me during these many years till today; Neither did I ever see their materials to accuse me, nor did I get a chance to defend myself; i.e. their underhanded retaliatory fascism crimes are coming from the judicial system, as well;___Miscarriage of justice is going on;

    • PeterBananaCao

      Here is the statement of how miscarriage of justice is carrying on in Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler’s case, written in Chinese characters; save them for later use, please;
      _____________________________________

      ___Sebastian Thrun 一方法西斯在美国司法系统中极具势力,使得这个本来是非分明,证据明确,并经警察严肃调查过的校园暴力案 — [斯坦福警察档案号: IR 04-111-0335;受害人: Peter Cao; 犯罪嫌疑人: Gabriele Scheler] — 后来在美国司法系统中颠倒黑白,制造冤案以掩盖 Sebastian Thrun, Gabriele Scheler 一方所犯法西斯罪行;而至今那些后来制造冤案的司法官员(namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV)对受害人隐匿他们真实身份黑心办案,并对当事人掩盖案件材料,侵犯隐私,威胁恐吓,阴谋陷害,以阻止澄清案情,从而达到袒护 Sebastian Thrun 与 Gabriele Scheler一方法西斯犯罪的目的;

      ___有人能让大家知道那些后来处理本案司法官员(namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, they must have power of jurisdiction over civilians of Santa Clara County) 的真实身份么?我有严肃的问题要问他们;

      ___Again, ZZZ/YYY/VVV are judicial officers (from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI?), but not mafia, or are they? their practices as judicial officers have to withstand the scrutiny from the public; By law, they have to show us their real identities; they can’t hide their real identities from us for ever;

    • PeterBananaCao

      Miscarriage of justice is one horrible horrible thing that could ever happen to human society; it could result in the victims being further victimized; it could produce retaliatory fascism crimes directly from the judicial system;

      That day, a man named JayJones argued in comments part of an article titled “Get schools out of the 1890s” by Mr. Newt Gingrich on cnn dot com, that — “Apparently they are tolerated in human society, since neither of them have been arrested or imprisoned. What is your definition of fascist?” —

      ======== My Answer =======

      Dear Mr. JayJones,

      — Miscarriage of justice is going on, and that’s why neither Sebastian Thrun nor Gabriele Scheler have been arrested or imprisoned so far, while I as a victim am further victimized by their retaliatory fascism crimes; the case remain mystified and incomplete so far; and at this stage, the real problems are coming from the judicial system; Justice has not been done;

      — The fact that Gabriele Scheler or Sebastian Thrun have not been arrested or imprisoned so far does not mean they are tolerated in human society; at least I know San Francisco State University had fired Gabriele Scheler and Stanford had partially fired Sebastian Thrun due to their involvement into such fascism crimes; and I am pretty sure that both of them would be universally rejected as more and more people learn the fascism nature in their crimes;

      — As I said before:”We are all made of human beings; you have your judgement, and we all have our own; Anybody with normal intelligence could easily figure out that there is something seriously wrong going on in this case;” I wonder who’s the officer manipulating Gabriele Scheler and Sebastian Thrun’s case? How would they explain the brutality from Gabriele Scheler on my body as evidenced in those 7 photos, in the first place? —http://tDOTcn/R7F1yQ0 (replace DOT with . for the right web address)

      — What are the real identities of judicial officers (namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, they must have power of jurisdiction over civilians of Santa Clara County, DA? or FBI?) manipulating Sebastian Thrun’s case and Gabriele Scheler’s recanted testimony? How can I see their materials to accuse/curse me and to mess up the case? Can you or anybody let us know? I have serious questions to ask them;

  • PeterBananaCao

    It is a tough task to challenge such fascism crimes; As a victim of a series of fascism crimes associated with Udacity cofounder Sebastian Thrun along with this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler, and the likes, what I posted on the web are no more than facts, facts those fascists I challenged dare never officially deny, either publicly or in private; I bet such of their fascism crimes would not be tolerated anywhere in human society; If anyone disagree, especially those in my public challenge, please give us a candid answer right here on this board, which part in my statements is not base upon facts? What’s going on here?

    — Equal opportunity and freedom of speech, please:)

  • PeterBananaCao

    And again, at this stage, the most confusing part of this case is: __What are the real identities of judicial officers (namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, who must have power of jurisdiction over civilians of Santa Clara County) handling Sebastian Thrun’s case and this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler’s recanted testimony? How can I see their materials to accuse/curse me and to mess up this case?

    Can anyone here help us know? I have serious questions to ask them;

    ………………… P.S. …………………

    — ZZZ/YYY/VVV are judicial officers (from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI? etc.), but not mafia, or are they? their practices as judicial officers have to withstand the scrutiny from the public; By law, they have to show us their real identities; they can’t hide their real identities from us for ever;

  • PeterBananaCao

    In a war of fascism v.s. anti-fascism coming along with Sebastian Thrun, so far fascism prevails and miscarriage of justice is going on; … It’s a tough task to challenge such fascism crimes; It seems we have to keep it going …

    ========================================

    Dear Respected Mr. Michael Bloomberg,

    Despite my public challenge in the past, Bloomberg West keeps advocating Sebastian Thrun; So, Mr. Michael Bloomberg’s Bloomberg West must be a loyal ally to Sebastian Thrun; But, would Mr. Michael Bloomberg help us deal with these problems coming along with Sebastian Thrun, as well? Cause it’s Bloomberg relevant now:(
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    Wouldn’t Mr. Michael Bloomberg agree with the rest of us that __”Protecting human lives and their basic rights of living supersedes teaching, doing business or doing research”?__Would Mr. Michael Bloomberg like to have Bloomberg West keep playing up a personnel associated with fascism crimes the likes of Sebastian Thrun?__Would Mr. Bloomberg like to associate his name with fascism crimes via Seabstian Thrun?__Shouldn’t Bloomberg people have the sense of rightousness and feel their moral obligation to human society and help push forward this decade long criminal case, and clarify this case and find justice to those fascists coming along with Sebastian Thrun?

    ___Shouldn’t we expect Mr. Michael Bloomberg’s Bloomberg West exemplify to us some higher moral standard and finer integrity to human society?

    ___Who actually wants to be allied with personnel associated with fascism crimes, ANYWAY, Dear Mr. Michael Bloomberg?

    _______________________________________________

    Isn’t it a basic instinct that embedded into the spirits of us all to spontaneously fight against such anti-humanity crimes?

    _______________________________________________

    Now, can Mr. Michael Bloomberg help us find out what the real identities of hidden judicial officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV (from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI?, etc.) who’s miscarriage of justice are? I have serious questions to ask them;

  • PeterBananaCao

    ___Well, I wish Sebastian Thrun’s tie with this ‘luminaries’ group would not serve as a valid testimony to his innocence in his involvement into a series of fascism crimes that centered on him;___this decade-long fascism criminal case will have to be clarified eventually, and such fascists as Sebastian Thrun/Gabriele Scheler/ZZZ/YYY/VVV and the likes will have to be brought to justice; they can’t escape from it,___am I right, dear ‘luminaries’?

  • PeterBananaCao

    Also, In terms of morality, this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler and her fascism collateral Sebastian Thrun along with cowardice hidden judicial officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV are birds of a feather; and I bet no self-respected bird wants to be a bird of their feather___Why would anybody?___Why would Bloomberg or GOOGLE, or anybody from the ‘luminaries’ group from ‘the Internet Society’ and ‘the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’?