Create Your Own Android Apps

By on July 13, 2010
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Google App Inventor provides tools to help users create their own apps without prior programming knowledge.

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Do you have a brilliant app idea but sadly do not know how to operate a PC beyond opening Facebook pages? Let Google’s App Inventor help you! The throwback-to-the-90s sounding application for Android allows users to create their own Android app without possessing any prior knowledge in programming.

The web-based tool uses an MIT-created Open Block programming interface that provides easy visual queues to buttons, actions, and more. The new tool is designed to open Android programming to even the most novice users and be “simple to use, but also very powerful.”

App Inventor is simple to use, but also very powerful. Apps you build can even store data created by users in a database, so you can create a make-a-quiz app in which the teachers can save questions in a quiz for their students to answer.

- Because App Inventor provides access to a GPS-location sensor, you can build apps that know where you are. You can build an app to help you remember where you parked your car, an app that shows the location of your friends or colleagues at a concert or conference, or your own custom tour app of your school, workplace, or a museum.

- You can write apps that use the phone features of an Android phone. You can write an app that periodically texts “missing you” to your loved ones, or an app “No Text While Driving” that responds to all texts automatically with “sorry, I’m driving and will contact you later”. You can even have the app read the incoming texts aloud to you (though this might lure you into responding).

- App Inventor provides a way for you to communicate with the web. If you know how to write web apps, you can use App Inventor to write Android apps that talk to your favorite web sites, such as Amazon and Twitter.

Watch Google App Inventor in action:


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