A little shy 18 months ago Google rolled out its Android App Inventor to the masses, giving even the most novice of users the ability to create their own apps. Well Google giveth, and Google taketh away, just months later announcing the discontinuation of the Android App Inventor site and its features on December 31, 2011.
I’ll be the first to admit I jumped right in when the App Inventor opened to the public, creating a plethora of useless apps to show off to my friends and coworkers. For those of us not boasting an impressive set of programming skills, it was a fun experience that gave us the tools to start us on the road to App development. My own creations consisted primarily of juvenile attempts at humor, though I did find some added functionality in some of my more serious efforts.
While the site will officially go dark on the 31st, it will live on as an open source project with the help of MIT. In 2012 we can expect to see a collaboration with Google and MIT to release free and open-source software that will expand upon what we’ve seen with the App Inventor. Educators and experienced programmers are encouraged to track their progress at MIT’s App Inventor Edu site.
The December 31st deadline to download your creations is fast approaching, now mere days away until the site goes dark. Head on over and log in to your account to download any projects you’d like to save._________