A tool for allowing those unfamiliar with programming to make Android apps is currently being phased out by Google. App Inventor, a Google Labs product, allowed those with no programming experience to make simple apps like basic games and quiz apps, which could use built-in Android features like the accelerometer and even text to speech. However, with Google shutting down their Google Labs, App Inventor will be going away by the end of the year. However, App Inventor will not be disappearing entirely, as Google claims that “because of App Inventor’s success in the education space, we are exploring opportunities to support the educational use of App Inventor on an open source platform.” However, this will likely only make it more difficult to use and access App Inventor, though it will be around for a long time. Or perhaps a third party will begin hosting it, similar to how Apache now runs Google Wave. Click here to access App Inventor…while you still can!
Dec 16, 2010
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at developing an app but get a headache just thinking about learning code? App inventor for Android is an experimental program that allows non programming folks to visually put together simple apps and specify behaviors through the use of blocks. Simply put, it’s a sort of drag and drop way of creating an app. Now, you aren’t going to be developing any Angry Birds on this thing, but they do give some examples of the capabilities and what can fundamentally be achieved. I’m also pretty sure these apps aren’t compatible with the Android Market at this time so forget those hopes of making thousands of dollars trying to sell your new fart app.