In case you missed the announcement details, the Google-Udacity curriculum was created to help developers get the training they need to enter the workforce as Android or mobile web developers. Whether you're an experienced programmer looking for a career-change or a novice looking for a start, the courses and the Nanodegree programs are built with your career-goals in mind and prepare you for Google's Associate Android Developer and Mobile Web Specialist developer certifications.
The scholarship challenge is an exciting chance to learn valuable skills to launch or advance your career as a mobile or web developer. The program leverages world-class curriculum, developed by experts from Google and Udacity. These courses are completely free, and as a reminder the top 5,000 students at the end of the challenge will earn a full Nanodegree scholarship to one of the four Nanodegree programs in Android or web development.
Posted by Shane Cassells, mSite Product Lead, EMEA
We recently partnered with Awwwards, an awards platform for web development and web design, to launch a Mobile Excellence Badge on awwwards.comand a Mobile Excellence Award to recognize great mobile web experiences.
Starting this month, every agency and digital professional that submits their website to Awwwards can be eligible for a Mobile Excellence Badge, a guarantee of the performance of their mobile version. The mobile website's performance will be evaluated by a group of experts and measured against specific criteria based on Google's mobile principles on speed and usability. When a site achieves a minimum score, it will be recognized with the new Mobile Excellence Badge. All criteria are listed at the Mobile Guidelines.
The highest scoring sites with the Mobile Excellence Badge will be nominated for Mobile Site of the Week. One of them will then go on to win Mobile Site of the Month.
All Mobile Sites of the Month will be candidate for Mobile Site of the Year, with the winner receiving a physical award at the Awwwards Conference in Berlin, 8-9 February 2018.
In a time where mobile is playing a dominant role in how people access the web, it is necessary that web developers and web designers build websites that meet users' expectations. Today, 53% of mobile site visits are abandoned if pages take longer than 3 seconds to load1 and despite the explosion of mobile usage, performance and usability of existing mobile sites remain poor and are far from meeting those expectations. At the moment, the average page load time is 22s globally2, which represents a massive missed opportunity for many companies knowing the impact of speed on conversion and bounce rates3.
If you created a great mobile web experience and want it to receive a Mobile Excellence Badge and compete for the Mobile Excellence Award submit your request here.
Google Data, Aggregated, anonymized Google Analytics data from a sample of mWeb sites opted into sharing benchmark data, n=3.7K, Global, March 2016 ↩
Google Research, Webpagetest.org, Global, sample of more than 900,000 mWeb sites across Fortune 1000 and Small Medium Businesses. Testing was performed using Chrome and emulating a Nexus 5 device on a globally representative 3G connection. 1.6Mbps download speed, 300ms Round-Trip Time (RTT). Tested on EC2 on m3.medium instances, similar in performance to high-end smartphones, Jan. 2017. ↩
Posted by Peter Lubbers, Head of Google Developer Training
Today, we are excited to announce that we are offering a 50,000 Udacity Scholarship Challenge in the United States through the Grow with Google initiative! In case you missed the announcements in Pittsburgh earlier, the Grow with Google initiative represents Google's commitment to help drive the economic potential of technology through education. In addition to the Nanodegree scholarships, we are offering grants to organizations that train job-seekers with the digital tools they need. Visit Grow with Google to learn more about this exciting initiative. The Google-Udacity curriculum is targeted to helping developers get the training they need to enter the workforce as Android or mobile web developers. Whether you're an experienced programmer looking for a career-change or a novice looking for a start, the courses and the Nanodegree programs are built with your career-goals in mind and prepare you for Google's Associate Android Developer and Mobile Web Specialist developer certifications. Of the 50,000 Challenge Scholarships available, 25,000 will be available for aspiring developers with no experience. We've split the curriculum for new developers between these two courses:
The top 5,000 students at the end of the challenge will earn a full Nanodegree scholarship to one of the four Nanodegree programs in Android or web development. The application period closes on November 30th. To learn more about the scholarships and to apply, visit www.udacity.com/grow-with-google.
Posted by Sarah Clark, Program Manager, Web Developer Training If you're a web developer, it's a crowded market, and you likely want to set yourself apart from other web developers. Would you like to show that you have the skills to create responsive and flexible web applications? The Google Developers Certification Team is pleased to announce the Mobile Web Specialist Certification. Based on a thorough analysis of the market, this new certification highlights developers who have in-demand skills as mobile web developers. (But don't worry, the skills demonstrated in this exam can be used on the desktop and across all browsers.) Use our Mobile Web Specialist Study Guide to help you prepare. When you're ready to take the exam, you will write code in a timed, performance-based exam. The cost for certification is $99 USD (6500 INR if you reside in India) and includes up to three exam attempts. Check out this short video for a quick overview of the Mobile Web Specialist certification process:
Earning your Mobile Web Specialist Certification gives you a digital badge to display on your resume and social media profiles. As a member of the Mobile Web Specialist Alumni Community, you will also have access to program benefits focused on increasing your visibility as a certified developer. The Mobile Web Specialist Certification joins the Associate Android Developer Certification in Google's family of performance-based certifications. Visit g.co/dev/mobile-web-cert to get started and earn your Google Mobile Web Specialist Certification.