Google launched a programme to train 2 million developers in India for its Android platform as its fires up a race with Apple for the country’s developers to create innovative mobile apps.
The Android Skilling programme will be introduced for free across hundreds of public and private universities and training schools through a specially designed, in-person program this year. The program would also be available through the government’s National Skills Development Corporation of India, the company said in a statement.
India is expected to have the largest developer population with 4 million people by 2018, overtaking the US, but only a quarter are building for mobile, said Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product management at Google.
“We believe India is uniquely placed to innovate and shape the internet experience of billions of users who are and will come online on the mobile platform,” he said in the statement. By making the curriculum accessible to millions for free, the goal is to make India a global leader in mobile development, he said.
While Google’s programme could be the largest of its kind by sheer numbers, Apple too has been engaging with Indian developers.
“By fighting for these developers, Apple and Google are showing how serious they are about the Indian market,” Ankit Jain, assistant vice president product at website and app market analytics provider SimilarWeb, wrote in an e-mail.