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Google Partners with Microsoft’s LinkedIn to Train Developers

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Preparing developers for Android certification

Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Google and Microsoft’s (MSFT) LinkedIn are teaming up to train future Android developers, according to business technology publication ZDNet.

The partners have created a program that offers 19 specialized courses designed to prepare upcoming developers for the Android developer certification exam. The exam is a common requirement for candidates seeking Android developer jobs.

Google and LinkedIn are partnering to train developers at a time when demand for Android developers is on the rise, with LinkedIn data showing that demand for Android developers has increased by ~34% since 2015.

Android developers are also making more money, with base salaries ranging from $85,000 to $115,000 per year depending on skill level.

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Android dominates the mobile OS market

Google’s Android is the dominant mobile operating system (or OS), commanding 74.8% of the global mobile OS market as of February 2018, according to analytics company StatCounter. Apple’s iOS comes in a distant second with a 20.1% share of the market.

Android is being adopted by more smartphone makers, with BlackBerry (BB) and Nokia (NOK) abandoning their native operating systems to base their new smartphones on Android. BlackBerry and Nokia are no longer making phones directly, but they’re working with partners to produce phones under their brands.

Training through LinkedIn Learning

Google and LinkedIn will deliver the Android developer courses on LinkedIn Learning, the e-learning platform run by LinkedIn.

Through LinkedIn Learning, users can access online courses to advance their skills while also using the professional networking site to connect with potential employers.

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