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The Newbie’s Guide to Android Development

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This is the first post in our Android 101 series. Sign up to learn more about the world’s most popular operating system. 

In the last 10 years, Android has made a name for itself, not only with its candy-themed platform updates, but also with its widespread, and unexpected, success. In its lifetime, the open-source mobile operating system has grown to include 1.4 billion active users and 80% of smartphones today run Android software. Over 1 billion Android phones were sold in 2014 alone.

Mobile developers in the programming community are the minority – just over 9% of total developers in the world say they’re focusing on mobile devices, according to Stack Overflow’s 2015 developer survey. Of these mobile developers, however, Android developers make up the larger group, with 44.6% self-identifying as Android developers, compared to 33.4% who say they are building for iOS. Even so, many companies struggle to find enough developers to complete their Android projects. This trend is likely to continue as the overall number of smartphone users – and Android users, specifically – continues to grow.

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Better Than LinkedIn? GA Grad Builds New Professional Networking App

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Who says you can’t find a job on your phone? Companies have been dabbling in mobile networking for years now, and Renuka Agarwal thinks she can do it better. With her newfound back-end web development skills, she launched BOND, a user-friendly mobile app that makes networking easy and fun.

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Alumni Interview: Zachariah & Wesley

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Meet Zachariah Reitano & Wesley Carr, graduates of our Web Development Immersive and creators of Shout, the mobile app for a new marketplace, available now in the AppStore.

1. What were you doing before you came to GA?

W: I was taking a year off from college (which I didn’t want to go back to), working at a yoga studio and in rehabilitation for my left foot.

Z: I attended Columbia University. I graduated in May with a degree in Economics and Creative Writing.

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