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.
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!