Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.
Online learning company Coursera has finally come to Android after launching an app for the Google-owned mobile platform. The launch comes just over three months after Coursera debuted its iOS app, its first native mobile app, and will help the company towards its goal of providing access to free education worldwide.
Coursera for Android — which was first spotted by Android Police — is much like the iOS incarnation. Both are designed to keep students engaged with the 600-plus courses on the service, which are provided by more than 100 educational institutions, including Stanford and Yale, while they are on the go.
Android users can enroll on courses, stream lectures or save them for offline viewing, and manage their content right from the app. Coursera focuses on reaching students worldwide, and, in that vein, the Android app comes in 12 languages, including English, Chinese, Spanish and Russian.
Coursera kept the iOS app simple so as to be “data-light and user friendly,” and it has taken the same approach with Android. Though that may frustrate some users seeking more, it’s an important point because the company aims to reach users worldwide, many of whom may not have the latest and greatest smartphones or tablets — a more modest app experience thus caters for as many students as possible.
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