Google has been working with Udacity for some time now, offering courses and programs for Android developers. Even if you’re not an expert developer yet, there is always a way to learn and get better with your craft. Google aims to train more app developers to improve their skills as part of the Android community. That is why programs like free developer classes for Android Wear, Android Development Immersive training course, and the Android Design for Developers are available for the devs.

The latest program developers can benefit from is entitled “Google Cast and Android TV Development“. It’s a new online course that will teach you on how to use the Google Cast feature to your advantage. Casting allows users to stream apps from any mobile device and then right onto a compatible TV. Chromecast has been a success and Google Casting is certainly something that can still be used in many areas.

Google once again teamed up with Udacity to launch the course. Developers can expect to learn more about Google Cast and Android TV. This includes skills on how to extend an app to work with both the Android TV and Google Cast. According to Google, the course includes sample code, code snippets, and practical advice every developer can learn and benefit from. There is no need to rewrite an existing app, just a few tweaks in the code and your app is ready for casting.

You’ll learn more about the Cast Companion Library that makes Android app casting easier and the Leanback library that will bring a cinematic UI to your app for its big screen launch. More samples and guides for Google Cast will also be provided.

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The Google Cast and Android TV Development class is just one part of Google’s series on Ubiquitous Computing that teaches how to optimize apps across platforms like Android Auto and Android Auto. You can take that larger program or choose to learn from this one online course.

Here is a syllabus of the course:

Introduction.
Overview of the course structure and goals, and introduction to the sample app.

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PART 1: GOOGLE CAST FOR CHROMECAST AND TV
PART 2: GOING DEEPER WITH ANDROID TV
PART 3: GAMING WITH ANDROID TV

Overview of Android TV platform, and Google Cast for Chromecast and TV.

Your instructors will be Timothy Jordan, Wayne Piekarski, Joshua Gordon, and course developer James Williams. If you’re a true blue Android dev, you should be familiar with these guys.

Course is FREE so go ahead and sign-up on Udacity if you want to extend your apps to the big screen.

SOURCE: Android Developers Blog