Google unveils Android-based Google App Inventor

Code-free app development to entice all user levels

Google App Inventor arrives for user-friendly app creation

Google has unveiled the beta model of its new mobile app creation tool which will allow non developers to produce apps for its mobile OS platform, Google Android.

Free to download, the Google App Inventor will let those without an ounce of coding know-how create their own apps suitable for the Android Market through a “drag and drop” system of prewritten code when it is made publicly available in a few weeks time.

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The app developer’s equivalent of paint-by-numbers, the Google App Inventor allows wannabe creators to visually design applications without having to write a single line of code. Google has described its layman’s app development system as: “Simple to use, but also very powerful.” Adding: “Apps you build can even store data created by users in a database.”

Created in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harold Abelson, a computer scientist at MIT working on the Google App Inventor speaking on the project said: “The goal is to enable people to become creators, not just consumers, in this mobile world.”

Achieving this open-ended goal, the new App Inventor has already been tested by schoolchildren, nursing students and university graduates, none of whom had any prior coding or software development experience.

To make the most of Google’s new easy step App Inventor, aspiring developers will need a Google Mail account and an Android touting mobile handset. Do you have ideas for future apps? Let us know via the T3 Twitter and Facebook feeds.