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Google Debuts 'App Inventor' Tool for Everyone

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Jul 12, 2010, 7:39 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Google today made available a new service called Google App Inventor. Google App Inventor is a simple set of developer tools that allows most anyone to create basic applications for Android handsets. The web-based software uses blocks of code that are represented by icons and images, which users can then piece together to build applications. The blocks of code are associated with different functions and/or features of the Android phone, such as the camera, accelerometer, or GPS modules. Google intends for the software to be used by students and younger users, though the idea behind Google App Inventor is to provide anyone interested in creating applications for Android the toolset that matches their skill level. In order to use App Inventor, users must have a registered Gmail account. The development tool itself is web-based, but there is a small software download required to allow for USB syncing of the software to user Android handsets.

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Jul 12, 2010, 11:21 AM

Should change the name of this story to:

"Google opens the floodgates for thousands of crappy apps on Android!"
I thought those were called "crapps"...
I dont think there's word on if these can get into the app store or not.

Jul 12, 2010, 12:09 PM

Palm did this already

with their Ares app creator.


webOS rules! 😁
But of course, they got no credit for it.

Jul 12, 2010, 8:40 AM

Hmm...even me???. . .

Even I can make an app?

If any of you make an app be sure to let us know so we can d/l it and check it out!
Well I know what *I* will be doing when I get off of work! 😁

Jul 12, 2010, 10:45 AM

Little Big Appstore....

I've got to check this out.
Let us know if you make any apps, so we can check them out!

Jul 12, 2010, 10:10 AM

Very Cool!

Sure, WebOS already had this, but it's a cool idea!
Do you think even I can make an app using this? 😕
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