Google is rolling out a robust program to help prepare some two million people in India to develop for its Android platform.
The goal? To go toe-to-toe with Apple Inc. in the race for innovative mobile apps in a country loaded with opportunity.
“The Android Skilling program will be introduced for free across hundreds of public and private universities and training schools through a specially designed, in-person program this year,” Bloomberg confirmed this week. “The program would also be available through the government’s National Skills Development Corporation of India.”
The report notes that current estimates call for India to be home to the world’s largest developer population within two years. Just how large of a population are we talking about? The latest projects call for some four million developers in Indian by 2018.
“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,” says Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product management at Google.
Google’s aim, we’re told, is to make its curriculum available at no charge to Indian developers in hopes of making the nation a future “global leader in mobile development.”