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Google's App Inventor Lowers Bar on Android Mobile App Dev

Jul 12, 2010, 19:06 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"Developing applications for mobile devices is a task that usually involves a reasonable degree of programming knowledge and skills. In an attempt to make it easier to build mobile apps, however, Google is launching its new App Inventor for Android tool.

"The App Inventor for Android is currently a beta service and requires that users apply for access. As opposed to regular mobile development, which requires a developer to have some kind of IDE (define) and programming skills, App Inventor is a point-and-click visual tool for building mobile apps. With the tool, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) will have a new way to help expand its Android application ecosystem as it ramps up the competition against Apple's iPhone.

""App Inventor requires NO programming knowledge," the App Inventor site states. "This is because instead of writing code, you visually design the way the app looks and use blocks to specify the app's behavior."

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