Jul 12 AT 9:24 AM Taylor Wimberly 24 Comments

App Inventor brings web-based WYSIWYG editor to Android

Have you ever dreamed of creating your own Android application, but you have no coding skills whatsoever? Google’s App Inventor for Android is a new software development tool that is designed to bring app design to the masses.

To use App Inventor, you do not need to be a developer. App Inventor requires no programming knowledge because instead of writing code, you visually design the way the app looks and drag-and-drop blocks to specify the app’s behavior.

The web-based software is free and it should go live today after being under development for the last year. Potential users just need to enter their Gmail account on this form and wait as Google grants access over the coming weeks. To help users get started Google has plenty of tutorials, sample apps, and discussion boards.

App Inventor might lead to a wave of new crappware in the Android Market, but it’s exciting that anyone should now be able to create their own apps. All it takes is $25 to register a Market account and publish your own applications.

We have yet to get our hands on App Inventor, so we will have to wait and see if it’s as easy as it looks. Check out Google’s demo video for an idea of what to expect.

Via: New York Times

Source: App Inventor

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