Free Udacity Course For Android TV Opens

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Google wants more developers to create Android TV apps, so they’ve developed a free online course in partnership with Udacity to teach developers how to get started.

The course is made up of five sections that show how to create apps that support both Google Cast as well as building native Android TV apps. Most of the course does seem to discuss Android TV specifically, which makes sense as it requires more development. Still, the course description explains why developers should look at the TV:

By adding Google Cast functionality to your app, you can increase engagements and monetization. For example, Comedy Central found that Chromecast users watch 50 percent more videos and make 1.5 more visits to their app, than their average users. Likewise, Haystack TV found that Android TV users watched 80 minutes of video per week, vs. just 40 for mobile-only users. The best part for developers is that both Google Cast and Android TV come with extensive libraries that do most of the heavy lifting for you.

This is one section of the Ubiquitous Computing series, which includes courses for Android Wear and Android Auto development as well.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker)Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop.Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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