Google joins skill India initiative

2 million Android developers to be trained by 2018

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July 11, 2016

/ By / Kolkata

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India is set to overtake the United States in terms of the biggest android developing population in the world

While the iOS development facility from Apple in India is still a distant reality, Google announced a dedicated android training and skill development programme which aims to make India the hub of the largest software developers in the world.

Technology giants Google and Apple seem to have a fair share of contest in terms of training and mobilising the growing number software developers in India. However, Google takes the lead in terms of providing the most easily accessible equipment, infrastructure and authentic training in India with the launch of this exclusive programme.

India set to overtake US

Over 90 pc smartphones sold in the India are powered by Android, Google’s operating system. Google India announced the Android Skilling Programmed to teach and train the Indian developers and meet the demands of the growing number of smartphone users in the country. They aim to train over 2 million developers over the next two years by integrating android development in public and private universities as well as training institutes of the National Skill Development Corporation of India.

“India is set to overtake the US in terms of the largest developer population in the world by 2018,” exclaimed Caesar Sengupta, vice president of products at Google. “This in-person training will be integrated with Computer Science curricula of universities making it easily accessible to millions of students and developers in India, we want to contribute to the Skill India initiative and help make India the global leader in mobile app development,” he added.

With more colleges and universities to be added in the list, this course curriculum will be made available across all institutes of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in 2016.

The Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC), Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University, the Amity University, the G.D. Goenka University are some of the institutes who would be providing the android development right from the next semester.

Edge over Apple

Apple announced a new facility in the city of Bangalore sometime in 2017 to enhance iOS designers and developers during the recent visit of Tim Cook in India. However, Google’s program, which is set to kick off this year, Apple’s initiative is still a while away and doesn’t offer end-to-end training for future iOS developers. Moreover, the scope for Google to win this race is always higher as students won’t need the relatively costly iOS devices or Mac systems to train on and improve their skills. Basic gears such as inexpensive Android smartphones and Windows or Linux-based PCs would be more than enough for the training programme.

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