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Google to Release Android App Inventor Today

Ever thought about creating your own app but have absolutely no idea where to start?  Google can help you with that.  The latest venture from the company behind Android, is a tool that will allow just about anyone to create their own apps with a few simple clicks.

The Android App Inventor will be launched today…

You can build just about any app you can imagine with App Inventor. Often people begin by building games like WhackAMole or games that let you draw funny pictures on your friend’s faces. You can even make use of the phone’s sensors to move a ball through a maze based on tilting the phone.

But app building is not limited to simple games. You can also build apps that inform and educate. You can create a quiz app to help you and your classmates study for a test. With Android’s text-to-speech capabilities, you can even have the phone ask the questions aloud.

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.

Sound interesting?  If you are still not following, check out this intro video…

To learn more check out the App Inventor website.

To sign up to start using App Inventor, head here.

Any ideas popping into those amazing brains of yours?  This should get interesting.

Via:  New York Times

Cheers to Shadez and Kevin!

  • Making apps is a lot of fun and it’s very exciting once you put it on the market and start making money.  I’m starting to get addicted.  I owe it all to a great program that got me to where I am now, you can get use the same software I use from http://learnhowtomakeanapp.blogspot.com/

  • Jl92880

    I guess when I stated an App Inventor for my Xoom…guess I should have stated….not web based 😮  Something that is made specific for Android Tablets, but you could use on all platforms.

  • Narynan

    I would build a video game database manager for console platforms.  It would grab metadata for your game collection and then nexttime your in gamestop and can’t remember if you have that game… BOOM.

  • Babyjada85
  • Satan Morningstar

    Great for you – bet you applied AFTER me too… Way to drop the ball AGAIN google!

  • Justin Bieber

    Maybe I'll release an application of sexy pictures of me. ;D

  • Batfan

    Got my invite today 🙂

    • Satan Morningstar

      Great for you – bet you applied AFTER me too… Way to drop the ball AGAIN google!

  • Tswagz

    The google Team Could easily fix this by just adding another catagorie in the android market called “App Inventions” or something along them lines. And if you install an app that is spam or isn't what it says it is, all you have to do it report it, after enough people do so, the app will be gone. So don't be afraid to spend 10 seconds on reporting the app to google or what ever. Any other ideas on how they could space out the spam?
    and who cares, its not like where looking for spam, thats what the search bar is for. So if anyone says that app inventor is “bad”, then I think that your trying to make android less open. Now who wants that?

  • Rogue5

    This will definitely spur Joe/Jane Doe to make apps for themselves and maybe even share it among friends or even with the community if it takes off.

  • Matt George

    but how long will we wait on the email waiting list to get approved for the beta? I waited on google voice's list for 4 months before approval.

  • nacho220

    What is the time frame for the folks at Google to get back to you with approval? Very anxious!

  • Tswagz

    Any more Info on this? I'm very interested. >:P

  • y0ung1

    is anybody ever gonna make a app for us android folks to connect wit BBM users… i will never get a blackberry but everyone else i know seems to have one… I know there are alternatives but know one uses them..

  • Dojiwarrior

    I signed up….They haven't responded to me yet….

  • Att

    AppInventor looks like a cool idea. As long as you're not an AT&T customer.

    • StephanC

      Ha! The poor HTC Aria!

  • Octotron

    I am really excited about this actually… I am so bored on a daily basis, now I can make sexy girl apps for Android! 😛

    • Yes please get on that as soon as possible.

  • Fullback118

    Dang, the support for Mac OS 10.4 is really falling out these days.. guess I should bust the bucks and upgrade.

  • Drew

    Does anyone know if the 2.2 car home is open source? I'd like to make some changes and make it more customizable and this looks like something that could help me do it. Or if nonrooted users would be able to replace their Car Home with a new one? I know with Titanium on my rooted phone I can, but not sure if I put it up on the marketplace people would actually be able to use it.

  • Imafan

    This ingenious idea is going to make the android market grow exponentially. Let's just hope there is some sort or filter/rating system that will prevent it from being filled with junk or even worse spamware.

  • Bonez

    What will be the main difference between rooted froyo and stock .baseband, wifi tether or freedom

  • Stephen D

    This sounds awesome. I have no idea how to program and develop apps, but I would love to do so. And now that there is a tool, I can't wait to be making my own games. I have a few good ideas. Who knows, maybe I could even get them on the marketplace?

  • Droidzilla

    How long did it take y'all to get an email back once you signed up?

    P.S. I can't wait to flood the market with fart apps!

  • Jwtyler

    Anyone know “how” it will be opened to us commoners? Still seems to be a limited/closed beta you have to be approved for.

  • El El Kool J

    Now can i*hone owners do this………………NOOOOOOOOOO!!! 🙂 ANDROID > i*hone

  • saimin

    Just hope that people use this tool to build quality apps, not flood the market with [email protected]

  • EggoEspada

    Making life easy Google.
    Guess they heard that Android apps are harder than others.
    Good stuff, keep up the awesomeness.

  • What would make this app great is if After you made some of you app, you would able to see the code for it, so you could start to learn what the code is and how to use it.

    • Jwtyler

      You can download your source code… bow chicka bow wow!

      • I just wet my self! Wow this app is going to be awesome.

  • I have been waiting for this for forever!

  • EC8CH

    This will just make it easier for android to make apps for itself when it becomes self-aware.

  • EC8CH

    I'd like an app that would build me an island and transform my phone into a jet to fly me there.

    • Only the Evo can do that. 😛

      • EC8CH

        Ef it then… I'll just go to wallgreens then.

        • Wow your stupidity killed me. Lol what a great video!

    • Droidzilla

      I don't care.

      • StephanC


  • Me and Picolas are making a support app 😛
    And if that doesn't work….Sexy Asian wallpapers!!!! 🙂

    • StephanC

      Doesn't the “Sexy Asian Wallpapers” make up at least 20% of Android Market already?

    • Can I help build this app and be a tester.

    • Justin Bieber

      Maybe I'll release an application of sexy pictures of me. ;D

  • CheeseMcGee

    Maybe we now we need to have an app contest!

  • kulz

    open source=everyone's got a chance ;D

  • This

  • EC8CH

    If only rooting the X could be made this easy!

  • KnightDavid

    hehehe, I was just thinking this morning about an app I'd like to write, but had no real idea how to get started. Then I read this. 🙂

  • cdick133

    I hope this can be used in collaboration with the API. I don't know why, but in my limited time with the API I couldn't wrap my head around how to put together the UI. Although, maybe I was just being dumb…I never have the time to sit down and give it a good look or read an in depth tutorial.

  • tpipher

    I think this is cool for the fact that it will take some noobs and potentially get them interested in the platform that we all know and love! Way to go Google (again).

  • Phoxus

    I've been a part of this lab for a month. Looks promising for easy applications. of course the true winners and top apps will still dominate any of these, however it is nice to see a future so bright.

  • Aleksmilosevic96

    I think this goes down as the earliest post ever

    • EC8CH

      +1, Normally I beat Kellex into work in the mornings… not today 🙂

      • kellex

        I've been known to schedule a few posts from time to time. 🙂

        • As soon as I sent this in you replied with “I'm on it” or something to that effect. I was shocked that you replied so quickly.

  • Ha! I just signed up and then saw your post! Lets see what trouble this gets us in! =)

  • Nightfox981

    I foresee a ridiculous amount of spamware on the marketplace in the future….

    • I think this is very cool and could spur a lot of marketplace growth by finding new developers out there that didn't know they had it in them. I'm thinking like that kid Aaron, only a little less ambitious.

      But unfortunately Nightfox, I fear you are right. It's going to end up the like the 360 Indie Marketplace…a handful of gems, and 100's of crappy avatar games and copies of existing crappy games.

    • Scott

      I don't think apps made with App Inventor will actually be available on the Market. Nothing I see on Google's information page about App Inventor mentions that the apps will be put in the Market. The program creates a QR code that you can share with people but I don't think you'll be able to find/download these apps by doing a Market search.

      • Good, if that is so. I'm definitely not in favor of Joey Fifthgrader making a million fart apps and “deploying” them directly to the Android Market.

        I am very much in favor of this development, though… albeit very cautiously. A lot of people just don't have time to learn the skill set required to make apps effectively. But maybe those people have a really great idea.

      • StephanC

        I have been told by a guy at AndroidSpin who got to use AppInventor that the program does indeed generate an APK file. In addition to that, did none of you watch the kitty video? It shows the woman plugging her phone into the computer as if she is syncing it.

    • kellex

      Like that would be something new 😛

      • Mrpicolas


    • CrashCore

      I think the best compromise would be to have a specific spot on the market just for these apps, and make it so you have to check a box to also search for app-maker apps. I don't want all the results when I search to be fifthgradeware.

    • No, I doubt it. This will indeed let anyone and everyone create simple apps for Android, but one must still sign up for a developer license from Google, which costs some money. Not everyone will want to put down money for this and instead keep the app for themselves or distribute it via websites and other means. So while some people will put the money down for the addition to the market, many will not.

  • The_Other_Ray

    Doh again!

    • no, its all Java/ code free! just know how to click and drop pictures on your computer and you have yourself an app!

  • mhoe

    nice. any news about 2.2, last I saw there were rumors about tomorrow?

    • mhoe

      am i supposed to make a “funny” joke about being first or something?

    • memnoch73

      I could make a funny joke about having 2.2 for a month or so thanks to this awesome website. ;-P jk…

  • David_in_Fla

    Real cool. 1st!

    • The_Other_Ray

      Doh again!