Mar 05 AT 10:36 AM Anthony Domanico 33 Comments

MIT launches Android App Inventor to all with a Google account

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Google’s App Inventor took the world by storm when it launched back in July of 2010. The WYSIWYG app inventor allowed users with no programming knowledge to create applications using drag-and-drop blocks that specified your application’s behavior. Our own Clark Wimberly took App Inventor for a ride back in August 2010, creating a basic Twitter client to demonstrate what app inventor can do.

Sadly, App Inventor was killed off by Google only a year later, but open-sourced the platform so someone else could roll with it and support it in a way Google no longer wanted to do. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) stepped up to the plate with significant monetary support from Google, created the MIT Center for Mobile Learning, and began readying App Inventor  to release to the public.

Today, MIT made App Inventor publicly available to anyone with a Google account. Budding developers who want to create the next great Android application can head over to the MIT site, enter your Google account information, and begin putting the puzzle pieces together to your heart’s content. Never used App Inventor before? MIT has a slew of tutorials available for you to read through before you get started.

Anyone out there planning to check out App Inventor with hopes of creating the next great Android app? Let us know in the comments. Happy coding!

Via: Phandroid

Source: MIT

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  • Chris Lewis

    I might have to check this out!

    • Jeff Pan

      This is a nice tool for beginners or a tool for mashing up a demo GUI in quick time

  • oddball

    Thank you MIT for rolling this out again it will bring more people into the world of developing which will bring the ecosystem even further forward

  • Ruben Alvarez

    Don’t know if I will be able to create the next great app, but certainly going to check this out. Hope I can make something semi-useful.

  • spazby

    I will definitely check this out…

  • whazzup969

    This is cool. Anything that can get more people creating useful software is always welcome. Here’s to hoping that something great comes from this and not tons of crapware.

  • Zagrash

    I had access to this before, but apparently kept getting distracted by shiny things. Hopefully I’ll have better luck with it this time!

  • YellowDucati

    Will using this give me a student loan for 20 years?

  • druie

    definitely going to try this out!

  • smeghead68

    Sweeeeettt!!!! Definitely check this out!

  • thekaz

    this is the beauty of open-source…

  • Billy

    Very cool. Hopefully, the community can keep improving on this. I love it! Go MIT!

  • Chris Lewis

    Who they hell is going and voting everyones post?? Im going to reverse this by upvoting them all back to 0.

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  • Thomas Biard

    Awesome! This is what I’ve been waiting for. I never got a chance to check it out in 2010, but I have a few personal apps I want to create for stuff I do every day. So awesome to have this available to everyone!

  • live2ski

    are you able to export the projects into the app market?

    • Annon

      You need to download a program called AppToMarket.

      First download the final .apk from App Inventor then open AppToMarket. AppToMarket will allow you to digitally sign your .apk which is a requirement for the Android Market.

      I’ve used AppToMarket to upload three apps ti the Market that I made with App Inventor, it works great.

  • Denis

    Cool, as always google FTW!, will try for sure. thanks!

  • Arcospark

    I’ve been lucky enough to have been in the MIT beta testing program the last few months. They have done great work. I’m prototyping my next app, which I’ll announce here once it’s available in the Android Market.

    • WlfHart

      Looking forward to giving this a try over summer!

  • Leo Young

    I am happy that this great service is available again.

  • Mark

    I have been waiting for this to come back on line, I tried it and actually was going through the tutorials and then they pulled it. This is an excellent developing platform that is very intuitive.

  • Nathan D.

    One day I’ll make an app but right now I’m not going to bother with it.

  • classic_hero

    cant wait to make the next best app!

  • Mark

    This is awesome! I was wondering if anyone had tried an online course I found that teaches App Inventor. I want to take it but was hoping to get some feedback on it first.

    Here’s the site:

    Your input is greatly appreciated!

  • Al *not* Bundy

    I’m going to try my hand in game making eventually, and if I can make a program that tailors it to so I add features that make use of features on android (multitouch controls, ect.) without too much effort, I’d be happy.

  • sushant

    nice post….keep posting….you rock :-)
    From my android experience I will recommend to use “SuppApp”.
    It can connect remotely to your phone via another phone and notifies about Incoming SMS, Calls (Missed, Dialled or Received) through SMS or Email.

  • Andrea Bledsoe

    I’m in need of reviewers for a new book Android Apps with App Inventor from Addison-Wesley. If you’re interested in reviewing the book send me an email [email protected]. Thanks!

    • Charlie Wilber

      I would be very interested in reviewing the book. Thanks for your consideration.

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  • Dmtdroid

    I love this ive wanted to make apps forever!

  • annemichaud

    Thanks MIT, my students will love this. They already use Scratch and it is really nice to show them how to program when they can focus on the logic and not the syntax.

  • ema

    is not intuitive, we need an editor like html for create app with video also, I don’t undestand why is not on sale a software like this