Cloud Computing: Google App Inventor: 10 Apps We Want to See Pronto
Google July 12 rolled out App Inventor for Android, a software development tool that lets non-geeks build applications for Android smartphones. Designed by MIT professor Harold Abelson under the aegis of Google Labs, App Inventor lets amateur programmers drag building blocks of code onto an application palette. Abelson explained the thrust behind App Inventor in a blog post last summer: "Today, smartphones let us carry computing with us, have become central to servicing our communication and information needs, and have made the web part of all that we do. ... With the ubiquity of social networking, online and offline life are becoming fused." In this demonstration video, an amateur programmer connects her Google Nexus One to her desktop PC to build an application with App Inventor. Developers have written close to 100,000 applications for the Android platform. Here are some apps we'd like to see from the App Inventor program.