Google Launches DIY App Inventor Tool

Internet giant Google has released a beta version of its Google App Inventor tool, which will allow anyone to create apps for their Android-based smartphones.

App Inventor, a part of Google Labs, allows users to create anything from simple games such as Whackamole, or games that allow users to scribble on their friends' photos, to complex education apps that will help them to study for exams.

The company explained on its App Inventor About page that “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 behaviour.”

Google said that the development tool would even allow users to make apps that store data in a database.

Users will also be able to use advanced Android functionality to create location-based apps, web-based apps and apps that use the advanced functionality of the phone.