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  1. Tangent

    Tangent Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I just read a story about a new Google tool that looks like it's going to lead to loads more apps for us. App Inventor lets you create apps without having to know any code at all. On the downside we're probably going to see a bunch more crappy apps, but it'll let us create our own too. I don't know about you, but I'm definitely going to be playing around with this! Looks like you need to sign up for access, but hopefully it won't be too hard to get it.

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  2. Tre Lawrence

    Tre Lawrence Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely phenomenal, on paper. Of course, there will be an upsurge in useless/poor apps...
     
  3. Rob_A

    Rob_A Well-Known Member

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    Hopefully the $25 app submission fee would help deter this?
     
  4. mbell75

    mbell75 Banned

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    Just because someone creates an app doesnt mean they are going to upload it into the market. Even if they do, so what? Dont download it :rolleyes:
     
  5. UncleMike

    UncleMike Well-Known Member

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    I suppose you're okay with getting tons of SPAM too. Just don't read it, right? :rolleyes:
     
  6. meyerweb

    meyerweb Well-Known Member

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    According to this column, these apps won't be published in the market:

    Five Android apps we desperately need | Adventures in IT - InfoWorld
     
  7. Tre Lawrence

    Tre Lawrence Well-Known Member

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    Hope so... though it didn't stop the developers of the trash in the market now... ;)

    I read somewhere that apps created with this will NOT be allowed into the Market at all... who knows...

    LOL.
     
  8. Tre Lawrence

    Tre Lawrence Well-Known Member

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    TimTheEnchantor New Member

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    Above poster beat me to it.. ;)
     
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    This seems like an odd position for Google to take. Almost as if they are are saying "This tool is only good enough to create crappy apps that we don't want to distribute".
     
  11. joseamirandavelez

    joseamirandavelez Well-Known Member

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    That does not make sense... They WANT the apps in the Market. They are competing with Apple on this. This will surely bump the app count. Most of the apps may not be good, just as in Apple's Market, but this will make Android more interesting to a more diverse audience. I mean, now you can install a ton of apps AND create your own apps! Isn't that a great selling point? For me it kills 2 or even 3 birds with a single shot...

    On my side, I cant wait for this tool to come out. I started programming in Java for my phone, but I just dont have the time to learn another language... But I got a lot of ideas I want to get out of my head. Some of them are stupid ideas that will render apps that will not probably be good for your taste. Some are just too technical (I'm a mech engineer...) I mean, if I can create a good app that generates me a couple of bucks a month... imagine what someone with a good imagination (but little programming skills will be able to do). This tool have a great potential for both us and Android...
     
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    gti18t04 Active Member

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    so excited
     
  13. joseamirandavelez

    joseamirandavelez Well-Known Member

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    This is like a perfect world.. :p
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    I'm going through the tutorials and already feel like capable of doing my app!
     
  14. Rob_A

    Rob_A Well-Known Member

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    i am so going to make an app that stops time!!!


    Even if they aren't on the market, I'm sure users will still be able share apps. Even if it's on a discussion board here.
     
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    Does it create an APK to distribute your app, even if not via the Market?
     
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    Demache Well-Known Member

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    Most likely. They have to make it on the phone somehow.

    So you could still distribute them, just not through the market.
     
  17. Tre Lawrence

    Tre Lawrence Well-Known Member

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    Either way, I think the positives far outweigh any potential negatives.
     
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    When will it be available?
     
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    Tangent Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Whenever they decide to approve your request for access for now... I imagine it'll be similar to Voice and eventually it'll be freely available, but who knows how long that'll take.
     
  20. mynamewastaken

    mynamewastaken Well-Known Member

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    Got my access approval earlier. I made the example app (pet the kitty) - it was dead easy. I code, but not Java, so I've not done anything with Android yet.

    With an hour of playing around with App Inventor, I feel like I could replicate about 25% of the Market Apps (and iPhone Apps) with a few clicks :)

    50% if you learned all of the features deeply.

    You watch the app build on your phone as you build it on your computer, it updates in real time, and when you're done you package it up it shows up as an installed app.

    There is also an option to download the package to your computer. I have not run it yet, I presume it makes a .apk for you.
     
  21. mynamewastaken

    mynamewastaken Well-Known Member

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    Except spam is sent to me, at my cost, arriving in my inbox mixed in with all the other e-mails that I do care about.

    This is more like a simple HTML editor. Sure if you know what you're doing you can create a Facebook, but for every CNN.COM there are a million amateur web sites created with a graphical HTML builder. I only go to those sites if they have something of interest to me on them (and Google, or someone else, find that). I don't consider those millions of web pages spam because they're not pages I choose to visit every day.
     
  22. Tre Lawrence

    Tre Lawrence Well-Known Member

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    Jealous... no access of yet.
     
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    ari-free Well-Known Member

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    This should be the goal: every user is a developer.
     
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    ari-free Well-Known Member

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    yeah, I was thinking...engineers and other scientists will love this to solve all kinds of interesting problems on their phones.
    Oh wait! No, sorry! We can't have any of those apps!
     
  25. OFI

    OFI Well-Known Member

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    Same :-(

    Did many people here apply even though you are nto a teacher? That seems to be what they are aiming for first and I didn't bother to lie :p
     

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