Monday, July 12, 2010

App Inventor for Android

App Inventor is a new tool in the Google Labs that makes it easy for anyone—programmers and non-programmers, professionals and students—to create the mobile applications for Android-powered devices. And today, we’re extending invitations to the general public.

For many people, their mobile phone—and access to the Internet—is always within the reach. App Inventor for Android gives everyone, regardless of programming experience, the opportunity to control and reshape their communication with experience. We’ve observed people take pride in becoming the creators of mobile technology and not just consumers of it.

For the past year, we’ve been testing the App Inventor in classrooms around the United States, and we’ve found that it opens up the world of computer programming to students in new and powerful ways. David Wolber, professor of the computer science at the University of San Francisco and part of the initial pilot program, says “students are traditionally intimidated by technology are motivated and excited to program with App Inventor.” One student from Professor Wolber’s class told us: “I used to think that no one could program the except CS people. Now, I've made dozens of the applications for the Android phone!” Another student, who struggles with the dyslexia, was inspired by App Inventor to take more computer science classes and is now learning Python. Check out this video to hear more about the App Inventor for Android at University of San Francisco.

Visit our site to learn more about App Inventor and to see sample apps. To request an invitation, fill out this form and you’ll soon be on your way to building the mobile applications. And check out the video below to see how it works. We can’t wait to see what you create!

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