Diametrically opposite to the closed market of iPhone apps Google is making it even more easy to code for the Android. You have an idea for an app, then make it – this seems to be Google’s motto. In addition to the open SDK that they already had they have gone ahead and released an “App Inventor” for Android (albeit in beta). In Google’s own words –
To use App Inventor, you do not need to be a developer. App Inventor requires NO programming knowledge. This is because instead of writing code, you visually design the way the app looks and use blocks to specify the app’s behavior.
One clear section of the community to benefit would be schools. It would be amazing to see what can be done by imaginative students and teachers without the need of any esoteric programming 🙂
Will it dilute the app space of Android? You betcha! But I do not consider the people so dumb that a company has to decide for them. I am pretty sure that in no time curation and review sites will be up for Android apps and the better ones will float to the top.
For now here’s a tip of the hat to Google for a wonderful idea and best wishes that it takes off.
P.S: Looks Google had the idea for this project as long back as an year. Hopefully it will not take as long to move out of the beta stage 🙂