Google makes Android app creation simple

Google has launched the Android App Inventor, it’s intended as a quick way of producing Android phone apps for non-technical and non-programmers ie 99.9% of the population, and from what we can see it’s really quite easy to use.

The app is aimed at schools but there’s no reason why it can’t be used by anyone else and when it comes out of Beta it will hopefully be opened up to a wider audience.

Made by Google itself, the Android App Inventor is an easy-to-use interface for building Android mobile apps. It’s meant for everyday app fans rather than those with development experience, as the Android App Inventor site 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.”

And just because the  App Inventor is aimed at the average joe it doesn’t mean it’s not powerful. The app allows you to do sophisticated things like access and use the phones features including the GPS-location sensor, so you can build apps that know where the user is, or use the phone’s SMS and email phone services, or you can access data directly from third-party sites like Amazon and Twitter.

The Android App Inventor is currently in Beta test, but you can sign up now at the official website if you want to be among the first to cobble together your own app. You will be asked for a gmail account and information about your school, so be prepared to fib if you’re not a teacher.

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