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Android App Inventor Now Open to the Public

Back in July, Google announced yet another “experiment”: they were releasing an easy-to-use, visual interface that allowed everyday users to create apps for Android phones. The functionality wasn’t immense, but Google wanted to know who would be interested in testing the new utility. The answer, it seems, was just about everybody.

For that reason, Google recently announced on their official research blog that they were opening the App Inventor to the public. To register, you simply have to have a Google account, then visit appinventor.googlelabs.com.

The app inventor isn’t meant to be a go-to for those designing marketable applications. Rather, it’s meant for those who want to tap into the power of the Android as a computing system for personal use. It’s great for those who want to toy around with app creation, are new to the concept, or just want a new tool set for simple tasks. The Inventor lets users combine images, text, captions, labels, videos, sounds, and other elements in a way that integrates user interaction (on click, screen one changes to screen two, or plays a sound, or displays text, etc.).

However, this relatively boxed in functionality is very easy to execute (a Google intro video shows us a simple app being made in less than a minute) and those using the program since July have come up with some very clever ways to use it. Applications made thus far include everything from vocabulary quizzes to text message broadcasting tools to a public transit helper — and even to a marriage proposal app.

Those interested in figuring this application creator out will find plenty of resources at their disposal. Extensive reference documentation and a lineup of tutorials are just the start; the site also has lots of user-generated help content, an active forum, FAQs, and troubleshooting utilities.

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Rob has been insatiably obsessed with Google, search engine technology, and the trends of the web-based world since he began life as a webmaster in 2002. His work as an SEO consultant since 2006, and subsequently to content writing for technology and internet-focused publications, has done nothing but fuel this passion.
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4 thoughts on “Android App Inventor Now Open to the Public

  1. No doubt the app inventor is easy to use. Good luck getting to the point where you can actually try it though. I’ve spent hours and days trying to muddle through endless instructions to get everything *else* that has to be installed properly first, before app inventor can even be used for the first time. Nightmare of instructions for installing Eclipse and a myriad of other things that have to be “just so” before even trying out app inventor. Bah.

  2. Really? I was able to get into the app inventor itself without issue. Or are you referring to actually doing local tests and publications? If so, that’s more complex, to be sure. However, I suggest using Chrome as your browser and logging in if it’s just an issue with getting to the core system.