Google Releasing DIY "App Inventor" - App Creation Tool

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    Update 7/19/2010 @ 5:20PM EST: App Inventor invites are rolling out now! Let us know if you receive one! (via Reddit)

    Ever wanted to become an Android developer and write your own app, but felt overwhelmed by programming language? Well, Google heard your cries! As of today, Google is releasing a do-it-yourself application creation tool, called App Inventor for Android. The beta of App Inventor should be available publicly as early as today, but you will need to sign up with your GMail account for access before you can get started.

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    Google considers App Inventor a comprehensive tool capable of creating anything you could think of, from maze and Whackamole games to apps utilizing the accelerometer, from educational quiz games using text-to-speech to apps utilizing GPS services.

    And the most fascinating part about App Inventor is that it requires no knowledge of programming! Google Labs has prepared for you a handy UI, on which you can build your apps with ease. The first test users included sixth graders, high school girls, nursing students, and college undergrads (who weren't computer science majors). And supposedly, all of these demographics were able to develop apps with ease. How does it work? You'll be basically dragging and dropping "blocks". Google explains how "blocks" are the cornerstone of App Inventor:

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    The goal of App Inventor, as described by the project leader, Harold Abelson:
    App Inventor is web-based, but there is a small application you will need to download, in order to sync your work between Desktop PC, Android phone, and App Inventor webpage. Your Android phone needs to be connected via USB to your PC in order to get the software to work. Check out the video below, for App Inventor in action:



    So who among us would be interested in working with such a tool? Do you think it will be powerful enough to create the app of your dreams? Let us know.


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    Check out some sample apps here
    Sign up for App Inventor here
    More Information about App Inventor here

    Source: NY Times

    (Thanks to Shadez for the tip)
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2010
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    Awesome !!
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    Sounds very interesting.....
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    I was just thinking about something like this the other day. I guess you can all call me a dev now...lol
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    I'm sensing a neat DroidForums contest in the near future, for the best app created by App Inventor dancedroid
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    I'm going to crack this open and see what all it can do. This looks like it could be some fun : )
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    just signed up - cant wait!!!

    for all those ones on here smart enough to do it but too lazy to take the time
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    This is supercool when people ask my why i love android there are becoming so many reasons i forget some of them sometimes
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    I've wanted something like this for a long time. I'm so excited. I'm gonna have fun with this. Ill be showing off my own apps, hopefully..
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    This seems similar to that WebOS app creation program where everything was overly simplified
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    just signed up, can't wait to give this a try
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    Will be interesting to see how apps developed with this turn out.
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    Wow. has this been done before?
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    I'm wondering if these apps will allowed in the market lol I can see it now...
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    signed up!
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    Amazing! If this works well then you wont have to want for apps any more. There are ideas for lots of apps that would be useful for small groups of people, but they dont get made because such a small number of users doesnt usually justify the effort to a developer to make the app and have it added to the market. Now we'll be able to have apps specialized to serve smaller groups of people. Depending on how well this works I can already see myself making several applications for use within my fire department.
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    Maybe this is a scheme to pass apple in amount of apps. They just better not care about quality, lol.
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    Another reason why android is will be victorious
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    ah thats totally me. i've done lots of java programming but i just don't have the time or the want to sit down and relearn it for this. yay google
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    Awesome can't wait to try this out
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