Create Your Own Apps with App Inventor for Android!

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I have wished, dreamed and read everything I can on app development. For some reason, I can’t wrap my head around it. Just doesn’t compute (pun intended). It looks like the guys at Google are about to help make my life and dreams come true.

App Inventor Beta for Android. With this simple yet powerful tool, you too can create your dream application, no programming knowledge required. If you are like me, then you will want to start off with simple applications for learning purposes. Beyond that, it can help you build simple games to complex applications that use the G-sensors or speak your text messages. The possibilities are truly endless and the only limit would be your imagination.

To help simplify things, the App Inventor is basically a WYSIWYG editor–you visually design how the app looks then set up blocks to make the app do what you want.

The App Inventor team has created blocks for just about everything you can do with an Android phone, as well as blocks for doing “programming-like” stuff– blocks to store information, blocks for repeating actions, and blocks to perform actions under certain conditions. There are even blocks to talk to services like Twitter.

If you head on over to the site HERE, you can fill out a simple form to request access and also go through the steps to get you started. If you proceed through the Getting Started section, you can get everything you need ready to go and set up on your phone and PC. It’s all pretty simple. After you are set up, you can view other apps and learn how to build some DEMO apps for yourself to get the hang of the tool. As you can see from the video, everything appears on your phone’s screen as you create so you can see what you are doing. Check out the quick little video below.

App Inventor in Action

Once done you select “package” and it creates an APK file for you and puts it in your phone. Now you can share your creations with friends, forums, blogs or anyone you choose. I haven’t read anything about submitting it to the Android Market but I did locate a few people asking that question. I’ll let you know when I find out if it’s possible. I’d think not since any yahoo in the world could make 100 apps and put them on the market and makes things out of control.

The application is actually web based so you will want to bookmark the site. The great thing about that is it should always be changing and updating with tools and options.

I’m already signed up and installed all the EXTRAs it required through the Getting started section. I can’t wait for my access to be granted. I’m sure I will be sharing my creations with you all very often. Good luck and happy creating!

Source: Google Labs and androidheadlines

About the Author

Stormy Beach
I am the proud father of three, 3, 9, and 12. I recently upgraded from the Samsung Galaxy S3 to the Sony Xperia Z. Having so many kids warranted a change of pace. Let me tell you, it is mind blowing. I love Android, I love tech and I love my family. Not in that order though. I work hard, play even harder and take care of all that are around me when I can.

  • Jrox

    I’m hoping I can use this like I would Visual C++ or Visual Basic…to create the frameworks for the UI, screen layout, buttons, etc, and then be able to put in my own Java code logic for the functionality. Otherwise, this is pointless. My problem with developing games or other apps is with all the XML madness needed to even get the screen layout done. I don’t want to waste time on that, but rather on programming the functionality behind the screens and buttons.

  • Jrox

    I’m hoping I can use this like I would Visual C++ or Visual Basic…to create the frameworks for the UI, screen layout, buttons, etc, and then be able to put in my own Java code logic for the functionality. Otherwise, this is pointless. My problem with developing games or other apps is with all the XML madness needed to even get the screen layout done. I don’t want to waste time on that, but rather on programming the functionality behind the screens and buttons.

  • Jrox

    I’m hoping I can use this like I would Visual C++ or Visual Basic…to create the frameworks for the UI, screen layout, buttons, etc, and then be able to put in my own Java code logic for the functionality. Otherwise, this is pointless. My problem with developing games or other apps is with all the XML madness needed to even get the screen layout done. I don’t want to waste time on that, but rather on programming the functionality behind the screens and buttons.

  • rowanator

    This looks very much like a modified version of MIT’s Scratch tool.

  • rowanator

    This looks very much like a modified version of MIT’s Scratch tool.

  • rowanator

    This looks very much like a modified version of MIT’s Scratch tool.

  • Amir

    May I get an invitation from you?

    Appreciated,
    Amir.

  • Amir

    May I get an invitation from you?

    Appreciated,
    Amir.

  • Amir

    May I get an invitation from you?

    Appreciated,
    Amir.

  • CK

    What I wanna do is create an app where I can some how install superman’s language ( kryptonese/kryptonian) into my text messages. Dont think it would be possible though, a message where any letter or number you type pops up in kryptonian. It would be awesome.

    • MS

      This is exactly what i was looking for… Any luck?

  • Gsankar

    Is the app inventor beta is available for download?

  • http://twitter.com/AppInventorInfo Gene Kupfer

    Google hasn’t built in support for publishing to Market yet, but there is a conversion process that can be done to accomplish this. I made an app called Marketizer to automate converting App Inventor apk’s to be Google Market compatible. Check it out. http://www.taiic.com/2011/02/27/marketizer-version-2-02-available-for-download/

  • Stephenrhoades50

    im going to make an app that nobody thought of just wait it will blow up

  • Badass08835

    if you built an app why would they allow you to submit to android market ?

  • Badass08835

    I meant Why Wouldnt They Alllow You Too Submit To Android Market

  • Basil2style

    what softwares i needed?

  • Abores1983

    Do you make money off creating an app?

  • http://www.stealthgenie.com StealthGenie

    Wow! I think App inventor is like a dream come true for android users like me. Now I can design my own version of application, specify my need and then get what I want by using this application inventor. I don’t even have to be a software degree holder or some programmer for that which is I think the most exciting part. This is sure one hell of an invention! :D

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    A good option to small businesses is http://www.androidcreator.com . This app maker is very simple but powerful enough to this kind of companies.

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    what options are there on monetizing the app? can you place google ads for example?

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