Google's App Inventor for Android now available to all
Announced by Google back in July, App Inventor for Android, the simple development system for Android phones, has now been made available to anybody with a Google account. Previously, interested users needed to request access by completing an online form.
The system is intended to allow non-programmers to easily develop applications without having to write any code. Instead, the target phone is connected to a PC, and the user creates the application using graphical building blocks in their browser.
On the Google Research blog, Karen Parker, the App Inventor Program Manager, claims that the reason for this change has been the high demand from users for access to the development system; she cites a wide variety of applications developed by those users. Parker encourages users to share details of their new applications on the App Inventor user forum.
The system remains in beta, and no indication has yet been given when this might change.