Google Pulls Plug on Android App Inventor Tool

Search engine giant Google has decided to no longer support its Android App Inventor tool in a bid to streamline its product offerings.

The tool, which was launched only a year ago, allowed anyone with virtually no coding skills to create an app for the Android mobile operating system platform. The Android App Inventor tool will be handed over to the open source community, Google said.

The move comes after Google decided to close its Google Labs innovation division along with Google Health and Google PowerMeter.

Many users have criticised Google for the move, claiming that moving the tool to open source will eventually kill it has it won’t be updated along with new Android versions. The tool is widely used in education, to keep how an Android app is made.

“With the winding down of Google Labs, Google will discontinue App Inventor as a Google product and will open source the code. Additionally, because of App Inventor’s success in the education space, we are exploring opportunities to support the educational use of App Inventor on an open source platform,” Google said in a blog post.

“As a result of these changes App Inventor will be available through the end of the year but users should expect the current App Inventor URL, to change sometime in the next 90 days,” it informed.