Google Android App Inventor Unveiled

With the new App Inventor tool explored in the video above, Google has made it easy to build your own apps–what will this mean for the world of eBooks?

Google explained the new tool: “Often people begin by building games like WhackAMole or games that let you draw funny pictures on your friend’s faces … You can also build apps that inform and educate. You can create a quiz app to help you and your classmates study for a test. With Android’s text-to-speech capabilities, you can even have the phone ask the questions aloud.”

The new project has spawned plenty of controversy among developers, as they worry that the Android market will be flooded with second rate-apps.

Author Jeff Jarvis disagreed: “Will App Inventor yield lots of crappy apps? Of course, it will, just as Quark enabled sinful design and Blogger wasted bits. That is true of all such technologies that lower the barrier to entry to a former domain of priests. That’s precisely what the printing press did. As much as the web breaks down priesthoods, it created new ones. Developers are merely the latest. They say that mortals can’t do what they do. But what if they could? What if they could translate a thought not just into words and design but into action?”