App Inventor for Android
The new tool, App Inventor from Google is deceptive in its appearance. Launched on Sunday night to the general public, it doesn’t have a fancy look, but makes it easier for a whole bunch of people to create mobile applications for Android-powered devices.
Google extends its invitation to the public for this new WYSIWYG app development tool (http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/about/) that works on the Android platform. Before this, to be able to create an app for an Android device, one would have to learn Java. But not anymore!
According to Google, now non-programmers, students, programmers and professionals alike can create apps using this software, without having to learn the code. A mobile app can be created from scratch by just dragging and dropping certain elements.
Google says, “To use App Inventor, you do not need to be a developer. App Inventor requires NO programming knowledge. This is because instead of writing code, you visually design the way the app looks and use blocks to specify the app’s behavior.”
It’s unthinkable for a non-programmer or a student to even dream of creating apps for their mobiles. The power of this device lies in the fact that it will encourage people to think about creating apps on their own, and this is certainly a plus point where students are concerned, as it will create an interest in them.
Google App Inventor underwent a lot of testing for the past year, prior to being released to the public. Students around the United States have been given the opportunity to test it. Some students are said to have created dozens of apps for the Android phone, leading to the elimination of programming fear.
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All sorts of apps can be created: simple games, informative and educational apps, quiz apps and many more. Apps can be built to store data created by users in a database. Want an app that lets you know your location? OR where your car is parked? Use the GPS-location sensor. Unable to take calls because you’re driving? Create an app that sends a “sorry, I’m driving, will contact you later.”
The App Inventor is being received with a lot of optimism from Android users, as the ability to make their own micro apps without coding knowledge is no small feat. But developers express their concerns saying this is only going to make the path harder for them, with all the half-baked applications floating around in the market.